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Erie County, New York (NY)

County population in 2014: 922,835 (91% urban, 9% rural); it was 950,265 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 161,836
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 86,463
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 248,780
Renter-occupied apartments: 134,865 (it was 132,093 in 2000)
% of renters here:

35%
State:

47%

Land area: 1044 sq. mi.

Water area: 182.7 sq. mi.

Population density: 884 people per square mile   (very high).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Erie County: 101.6 (near average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (25.2%), Educational, health and social services (17.1%), Finance, insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing (12.7%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 58%
  • Government: 7%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 36%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Erie County, New York:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (77.7%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (13.0%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (4.5%)
  • Asian alone (2.6%)
  • Two or more races (1.4%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (0.6%)
Median resident age:  40.0 years
New York median age:  38.0 years
Males: 444,800  (48.2%)
Females: 478,035  (51.8%)

Erie County,NY real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Erie County:

2.0 people
New York:

3 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $51,245 ($38,567 in 1999)

This county:

$51245
New York:

$57369

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $594 (lower quartile is $442, upper quartile is $757)
This county:

$594
State:

$992


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $127,600 (it was $88,200 in 2000)
Erie:

$127,600
New York:

$277,600
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $86,000 - $194,700

Mean price in 2013:

Detached houses: $153,223
Here:

$153,223
State:

$328,266

Townhouses or other attached units: $167,237
Here:

$167,237
State:

$477,144

In 2-unit structures: $95,038
Here:

$95,038
State:

$441,340

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $206,821
Here:

$206,821
State:

$551,450

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $244,849
Here:

$244,849
State:

$715,153

Mobile homes: $59,459
Here:

$59,459
State:

$57,967

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $52,898
Here:

$52,898
State:

$196,097
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,218
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $485

Institutionalized population: 12,145

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 12
  • Robberies: 13
  • Assaults: 111
  • Burglaries: 218
  • Thefts: 648
  • Auto thefts: 21

Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 1
  • Rapes: 7
  • Robberies: 9
  • Assaults: 122
  • Burglaries: 193
  • Thefts: 770
  • Auto thefts: 11
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Health of residents in Erie County based on CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Questionnaires from 2003 to 2012:

General health status score of residents in this county from 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) is 3.5. This is about average.
72.4% of residents exercised in the past month. This is about average.
51.9% of residents smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives. This is more than average.
98.9% of adult residents drank alcohol in the past 30 days. This is more than average.
74.9% of residents visited a dentist within the past year. This is about average.
Average weight of males is 194 pounds. This is about average.
Average weight of females is 159 pounds. This is about average.

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 1067 buildings, average cost: $219,500
  • 2008: 780 buildings, average cost: $230,900
  • 2009: 762 buildings, average cost: $213,400
  • 2010: 824 buildings, average cost: $227,600
  • 2011: 643 buildings, average cost: $241,400
  • 2012: 718 buildings, average cost: $235,200
  • 2013: 813 buildings, average cost: $256,400
  • 2014: 899 buildings, average cost: $260,400

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $3,770 (2.8%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $2,975 (2.6%)

Erie County household income distribution in 2009 Erie County home values distribution Erie County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 15.2%
(8.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 38.1% for Black residents, 37.2% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 22.3% for American Indian residents, 45.2% for other race residents, 35.1% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 15.2%
Erie County:

15.2%
New York:

16.0%
(8.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 38.1% for Black residents, 37.2% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 21.8% for American Indian residents, 45.0% for other race residents, 35.1% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 40 years old
(Males: 38 years old, Females: 42 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 44 years old, Black residents: 31 years old, American Indian residents: 40 years old, Asian residents: 27 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 24 years old, Other race residents: 25 years old)

Area name: Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY MSA
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Erie County is $488 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $586 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $725 a month.

Cities in this county include: Buffalo, Amherst, Cheektowaga, West Seneca, Clarence, Lackawanna, Grand Island, Evans, Depew, Kenmore.

Erie County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential
City or TownHomes measuredLiving AreaBasement
Homes Above 4 pCi/L
Best Estimate (%)
Homes Above 4 pCi/L
Range (%)
Homes Above 4 pCi/L
Best Estimate (%)
Homes Above 4 pCi/L
Range (%)
Alden town9875 - 92421 - 28
Amherst town7171.51.2 - 1.898 - 9
Aurora town3332321 - 245149 - 53
Boston town1322421 - 275249 - 55
Brant town131913 - 264536 - 55
Buffalo city5650.50.4 - 0.732 - 4
Cattaraugus Reservation1156 - 334624 - 69
Cheektowaga town4090.30.2 - 0.532 - 4
Clarence town2451614 - 173634 - 39
Colden town43118 - 153933 - 45
Collins town323025 - 376154 - 67
Concord town813329 - 376560 - 69
Eden town1291816 - 214845 - 52
Elma town2681816 - 204543 - 47
Evans town1071210 - 153733 - 41
Grand Island town670.20.1 - 0.542 - 5
Hamburg town59955 - 62322 - 25
Holland town3485 - 133630 - 43
Lackawanna city471.00.4 - 1.964 - 9
Lancaster town1550.90.5 - 1.476 - 9
Marilla town2604644 - 497270 - 74
Newstead town8042 - 62521 - 28
North Collins town20128 - 184032 - 49
Orchard Park town41287 - 93028 - 32
Sardinia town174233 - 527162 - 79
Tonawanda city510.10.1 - 0.31.70.9 - 3.2
Tonawanda Reservation082 - 21289 - 53
Tonawanda town4980.10.1 - 0.11.51.2 - 1.8
Wales town422318 - 285246 - 58
West Seneca town2391.51.1 - 2.0109 - 12
Erie county56943 12 

2012 air pollution in Erie County:

Carbon Monoxide: 0.335 ppm (standard limit: 9 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Nitrogen Dioxide: 0.01 ppm (standard limit: 0.053 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Ozone (1-hour): 0.031 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 9.4 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.
Sulfur Oxides Annual: 0.003 ppm (standard limit: 0.03 ppm). Above U.S. average.

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Neighboring counties: Cheshire County, New Hampshire , Clay County, South Dakota , Kossuth County, Iowa , Lyon County, Iowa , Wyoming County , Yates County .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

5.2%
New York:

4.8%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 63,289
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 82.9%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 24.5%

Number of foreign born residents: 42,886 (58% naturalized citizens)

Erie County:

4.5%
Whole state:

20.4%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 9,034
  • 1990 to 1994: 5,322
  • 1985 to 1989: 3,315
  • 1980 to 1984: 2,611
  • 1975 to 1979: 2,524
  • 1970 to 1974: 2,496
  • 1970 to 1974: 2,740
  • 1965 to 1969: 14,844

Mean travel time to work (commute): 21.3 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 94.1%

Erie County marital status for males Erie County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 230,359
  • One, attached: 13,086
  • Two: 90,876
  • 3 or 4: 28,906
  • 5 to 9: 19,287
  • 10 to 19: 9,753
  • 20 or more: 17,565
  • Mobile homes: 6,011
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 25

Housing units in Erie County with a mortgage: 132,554 (10,096 second mortgage, 24,174 home equity loan, 497 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 68,906

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

67.9% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Erie County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic352,894111
Mainline Protestant62,675212
Evangelical Protestant49,435209
Other34,07679
Black Protestant24,19269
Orthodox4,1039
None391,665-
Erie County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 236
Erie County:

2.59 / 10,000 pop.
State:

4.13 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 5
Here:

0.05 / 10,000 pop.
New York:

0.06 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 125
This county:

1.37 / 10,000 pop.
New York:

0.92 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 228
Erie County:

2.50 / 10,000 pop.
New York:

1.68 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 740
This county:

8.11 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.82 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Erie County:

9.8%
New York:

8.2%

Adult obesity rate:
Erie County:

26.9%
State:

23.8%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

13.4%
State:

15.6%

Agriculture in Erie County:

Average size of farms: 125 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $71,654
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $494.14
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 23.29%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 54.11%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $64,494
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 53.03%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 1.97%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $55,783
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 89.06%
Average age of principal farm operators: 55 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 19.60
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 48.95%
Corn for grain: 6416 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 1997 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 2148 harvested acres
Vegetables: 3,331 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 2,257 acres

Earthquake activity:

Erie County-area historical earthquake activity is near New York state average. It is 87% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 9/25/1998 at 19:52:52, a magnitude 5.2 (4.8 MB, 4.3 MS, 5.2 LG, 4.5 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 125.3 miles away from Erie County center
On 1/31/1986 at 16:46:43, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB) earthquake occurred 149.1 miles away from the county center
On 10/7/1983 at 10:18:46, a magnitude 5.3 (5.1 MB, 5.3 LG, 5.1 ML) earthquake occurred 236.2 miles away from the county center
On 1/26/2001 at 03:03:20, a magnitude 4.4 (3.9 MB, 4.4 LG, 4.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 120.5 miles away from the county center
On 4/20/2002 at 10:50:47, a magnitude 5.2 (5.2 MB, 4.2 MS, 5.2 MW, 5.0 MW, Depth: 6.8 mi) earthquake occurred 277.8 miles away from Erie County center
On 11/26/1999 at 22:33:01, a magnitude 3.8 (3.8 LG, 3.4 LG, Depth: 8.0 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 59.7 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • New YorkSevere Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: August 8, 2009 to August 10, 2009, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1857): September 1, 2009, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1857, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • New YorkSnowstorm, Incident Period: October 12, 2006 to October 25, 2006, Emergency Declared (EM-3268): October 15, 2006, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3268, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm
  • New YorkSevere Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: October 12, 2006 to October 25, 2006, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1665): October 24, 2006, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1665, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • New YorkHurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 1, 2005, Emergency Declared (EM-3262): September 30, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3262, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • New YorkSevere Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: May 13, 2004 to June 17, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1534): August 3, 2004, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1534, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • New YorkPower Outage, Incident Period: August 14, 2003 to August 16, 2003, Emergency Declared (EM-3186): August 23, 2003, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3186, Natural disaster type: Power Outage
  • New YorkSnowstorm, Incident Period: December 24, 2001 to December 29, 2001, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1404): March 1, 2002, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1404, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm
  • New YorkSnowstorm, Incident Period: December 24, 2001 to December 29, 2001, Emergency Declared (EM-3170): December 31, 2001, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3170, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm
  • New YorkSnow Storm, Incident Period: November 19, 2000 to November 21, 2000, Emergency Declared (EM-3157): December 4, 2000, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3157, Natural disaster type: Storm, Snow
  • New YorkVirus Threat, Incident Period: May 22, 2000 to November 1, 2000, Emergency Declared (EM-3155): October 11, 2000, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3155, Natural disaster type: Other
  • 8 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Erie County (18) is greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 9
Emergencies Declared: 9

Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 7, Floods: 5, Snowstorms: 5, Snows: 2, Blizzard: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Power Outage: 1, Winter Storm: 1, Other: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Health care and social assistance (27%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Retail trade (11%)
  • Finance and insurance (8%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Manufacturing (6%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)
  • Health care and social assistance (27%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Retail trade (11%)
  • Finance and insurance (8%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Manufacturing (6%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Sales and related occupations (12%)
  • Management occupations (11%)
  • Production occupations (9%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (8%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (6%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (6%)
  • Transportation occupations (6%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (21%)
  • Sales and related occupations (10%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (10%)
  • Management occupations (8%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (7%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (7%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (6%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Canada (13%)
  • Italy (9%)
  • Germany (7%)
  • Poland (7%)
  • India (6%)
  • United Kingdom (5%)
  • Korea (4%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Erie County (%):

  • German (20%)
  • Polish (17%)
  • Italian (15%)
  • Irish (12%)
  • English (5%)
  • United States or American (3%)
  • French (except Basque) (1%)

Erie County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 341,098 (81%)
  • Carpooled: 40,725 (10%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 15,306 (4%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 89 (0%)
  • Subway or elevated: 1,238 (0%)
  • Railroad: 67 (0%)
  • Taxi: 523 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 205 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 918 (0%)
  • Walked: 11,269 (3%)
  • Other means: 1,423 (0%)
  • Worked at home: 8,948 (2%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)


People in group quarters in Erie County, New York in 2000:

  • 8,925 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 8,763 people in nursing homes
  • 4,006 people in state prisons
  • 2,266 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 1,461 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 1,114 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 873 people in religious group quarters
  • 620 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 470 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 445 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 356 people in wards in general hospitals for patients who have no usual home elsewhere
  • 303 people in hospitals/wards and hospices for chronically ill
  • 261 people in other group homes
  • 260 people in other hospitals or wards for chronically ill
  • 231 people in orthopedic wards and institutions for the physically handicapped
  • 175 people in residential treatment centers for emotionally disturbed children
  • 141 people in hospitals or wards for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 130 people in homes for the physically handicapped
  • 84 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 63 people in short-term care, detention or diagnostic centers for delinquent children
  • 48 people in agriculture workers' dormitories on farms
  • 39 people in hospices or homes for chronically ill
  • 30 people in homes for abused, dependent, and neglected children
  • 24 people in other workers' dormitories
  • 4 people in military hospitals or wards for chronically ill
  • 2 people in institutions for the deaf

People in group quarters in Erie County, New York in 2010:

  • 11,674 people in college/university student housing
  • 6,030 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 3,630 people in state prisons
  • 2,375 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 1,705 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 1,135 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 548 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 454 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 254 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals and psychiatric units in other hospitals
  • 214 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 131 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 58 people in correctional residential facilities
  • 56 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 42 people in hospitals with patients who have no usual home elsewhere
  • 36 people in residential schools for people with disabilities
  • 23 people in in-patient hospice facilities
  • 22 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $56,484.

2.69% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($39,932 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

2.69%
New York average:

5.06%


0.03% of residents moved from foreign countries ($668 average AGI)
Erie County:

0.03%
New York average:

0.08%

1.38% relocated from other counties in New York ($17,561 average AGI)
1.28% relocated from other states ($21,703 average AGI)
Erie County:

1.28%
New York average:

2.01%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Niagara County, NY  0.47% ($36,008 average AGI)
from Monroe County, NY  0.14% ($32,012)
from Cattaraugus County, NY  0.10% ($28,680)
from Chautauqua County, NY  0.09% ($30,755)
from Wyoming County, NY  0.05% ($36,207)
from Onondaga County, NY  0.05% ($37,800)
from Genesee County, NY  0.05% ($43,155)


3.10% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($43,444 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

3.10%
New York average:

5.46%


0.06% of residents moved to foreign countries ($862 average AGI)
Erie County:

0.06%
New York average:

0.11%

1.30% relocated to other counties in New York ($15,301 average AGI)
1.74% relocated to other states ($27,282 average AGI)
Erie County:

1.74%
New York average:

2.38%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Niagara County, NY  0.47% ($38,661 average AGI)
to Monroe County, NY  0.14% ($37,071)
to Cattaraugus County, NY  0.08% ($34,748)
to Chautauqua County, NY  0.07% ($32,576)
to Genesee County, NY  0.06% ($33,798)
to Wyoming County, NY  0.06% ($44,960)
to Hillsborough County, FL  0.05% ($23,429)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.1
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.2
Births per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 10.7

Births per 1000 population in Erie County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.5
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.5
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 10.3

Deaths per 1000 population in Erie County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 8.5
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 8.3
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2007 to 2013: 8.0

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Erie County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 8.4%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 3.3%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Erie County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Erie County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 168,413 (139,184 aged, 29,229 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 16,024 (8%)

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Most common underlying causes of death in Erie County, New York in 1999 - 2014:

  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (12749)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (11664)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (10378)
  • Unspecified dementia (7482)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (5918)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (5145)
  • Congestive heart failure (3914)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (3224)
  • Septicaemia, unspecified (3105)
  • Breast, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (2878)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 10%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 5%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 0.96
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 14142.31
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 478.790
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 36133.66

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1071.770
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1077.890
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 10.74

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 62.71
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 86.17

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 10.53
Beer, wine & liquor stores per 100,000 population in 2005: 1
Fitness & recreation sports centers per 100,000 population in 2005: 4836.531

EPA green book nonattainment status in 2004-2006: 1

Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 61.7. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of homicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 42.3
  • Cut/Pierce - 6.9
  • Other - 12.5

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 69.7. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 30.3
  • Suffocation - 25.2
  • Poisoning - 7.6
  • Other - 6.6

Household type by relationship:

Households: 890,653
  • In family households: 703,665 (150,587 male householders, 79,422 female householders)
    161,163 spouses, 259,954 children (245,472 natural, 6,125 adopted, 8,357 stepchildren), 13,651 grandchildren, 7,172 brothers or sisters, 6,060 parents, 6,352 other relatives, 16,208 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 186,988 (69,279 male householders (54,381 living alone)), 83,876 female householders (72,187 living alone)), 33,833 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 28,387 (12,145 institutionalized population)

Size of family households: 103,220 2-persons, 54,078 3-persons, 43,976 4-persons, 19,061 5-persons, 6,296 6-persons, 3,378 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 126,568 1-person, 22,070 2-persons, 2,866 3-persons, 1,167 4-persons, 292 5-persons, 117 6-persons, 75 7-or-more-persons.

148,778 married couples with children.
64,240 single-parent households (9,850 men, 54,390 women).

91.0% of residents of Erie County speak English at home.
2.9% of residents speak Spanish at home (63% speak English very well, 19% speak English well, 15% speak English not well, 3% don't speak English at all).
4.6% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (70% speak English very well, 19% speak English well, 10% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).
0.8% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (52% speak English very well, 29% speak English well, 16% speak English not well, 2% don't speak English at all).
0.6% of residents speak other language at home (67% speak English very well, 21% speak English well, 10% speak English not well, 2% don't speak English at all).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $6,463,738,000 ($6903 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $337,042,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $2,575,527,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $1,275,016,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $32,488,000
Federal grants: $1,688,790,000
Federal procurement contracts: $345,432,000 ($233,152,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $546,486,000 ($58,826,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $293,208,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $317,756,000
Federal Government insurance: $403,125,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 56,198
Here:

60 per 1000 residents
State:

70 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 52,733
Here:

57 per 1000 residents
State:

42 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +6,895
Here:

+7 per 1000 residents
State:

+35 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -28,714
Here -31 per 1000 residents
State -52 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Erie County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 177.74 millions of gallons per day (1% from ground, 99% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.3
State:

6.3

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.5
State:

3.6

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 3,201
  • 2000 to 2004: 21,275
  • 1990 to 1999: 29,371
  • 1980 to 1989: 24,856
  • 1970 to 1979: 46,772
  • 1960 to 1969: 45,434
  • 1950 to 1959: 77,338
  • 1940 to 1949: 35,986
  • 1939 or earlier: 135,095
Rooms in houses/apartments in Erie County, New York
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 67
  • 2 rooms: 586
  • 3 rooms: 3,760
  • 4 rooms: 13,786
  • 5 rooms: 47,343
  • 6 rooms: 70,108
  • 7 rooms: 50,477
  • 8 rooms: 32,423
  • 9+ rooms: 30,230
  • 1 room: 3,624
  • 2 rooms: 8,387
  • 3 rooms: 21,389
  • 4 rooms: 33,771
  • 5 rooms: 30,145
  • 6 rooms: 21,816
  • 7 rooms: 7,771
  • 8 rooms: 2,879
  • 9+ rooms: 2,311
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Erie County, New York
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 132
  • 1 bedroom: 4,436
  • 2 bedrooms: 39,825
  • 3 bedrooms: 135,662
  • 4 bedrooms: 56,830
  • 5+ bedrooms: 11,895
  • no bedroom: 4,676
  • 1 bedroom: 31,639
  • 2 bedrooms: 55,068
  • 3 bedrooms: 34,008
  • 4 bedrooms: 5,137
  • 5+ bedrooms: 1,565
Cars and other vehicles available in Erie County, New York in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 15,114
  • 1 vehicle: 85,334
  • 2 vehicles: 110,508
  • 3 vehicles: 28,806
  • 4 vehicles: 7,076
  • 5+ vehicles: 1,942
  • no vehicle: 42,335
  • 1 vehicle: 61,651
  • 2 vehicles: 23,856
  • 3 vehicles: 3,355
  • 4 vehicles: 519
  • 5+ vehicles: 377

64% of Erie County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 79% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 54% lived in New York.

Erie County:

63.9%
State average:

64.4%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 780766
  • Northeast: 37011
  • Midwest: 25487
  • South: 42893
  • West: 9030

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $71,800


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 1%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Erie County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (93.8%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (2.5%)
  • Electricity (1.4%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (1.3%)
  • Wood (0.8%)
  • Utility gas (83.2%)
  • Electricity (12.1%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (2.0%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (1.3%)
  • Other fuel (0.8%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 17,733
Here:

16.0%
New York:

14.0%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 6,599
Here:

12.4%
New York:

13.2%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 16,024
Here:

32.2%
New York:

38.2%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Erie County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Assistance and Subsidies - Public Welfare, Federal Categorical Assistance Programs: $41,985,000
    Public Welfare, Cash Assistance Programs - Other: $33,114,000
  • Construction - Sewerage: $26,974,000
    Water Utilities: $18,987,000
    General - Other: $13,423,000
    Regular Highways: $7,598,000
    Health - Other: $7,159,000
    Libraries: $3,025,000
    Parks and Recreation: $581,000
    Other Higher Education: $369,000
    Police Protection: $266,000
  • Current Operations - Public Welfare - Other: $215,825,000
    Health - Other: $125,061,000
    Other Higher Education: $97,228,000
    Correctional Institutions: $78,366,000
    General - Other: $61,330,000
    Water Utilities: $32,283,000
    Gas Utilities: $26,833,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Other Purposes: $26,711,000
    Police Protection: $26,100,000
    Sewerage: $25,445,000
    Regular Highways: $24,103,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $23,941,000
    Electric Utilities: $22,586,000
    Parks and Recreation: $17,360,000
    General Public Buildings: $15,902,000
    Central Staff Services: $13,909,000
    Corrections - Other: $8,337,000
    Financial Administration: $7,284,000
    Housing and Community Development: $6,027,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Medical Care: $6,012,000
    Hospitals: $5,337,000
    Local Fire Protection: $1,218,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $40,423,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - General - Other: $144,547,000
    Other Higher Education: $0
  • Intergovernmental to State - Public Welfare - Categorical Assistance Programs: $180,837,000
    Transit Utilities: $19,286,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Other Higher Education: $2,194,000
    Police Protection: $1,953,000
    General Public Building: $1,360,000
    Health - Other: $637,000
    Sewerage: $385,000
    Local Fire Protection: $272,000
    General - Other: $31,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $29,000
    Central Staff Services: $18,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $8,000
    Regular Highways: $7,000
    Corrections - Other: $5,000
    Correctional Institutions: $4,000
    Parks and Recreation: $4,000
    Financial Administration: $1,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $398,580,000
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $4,150,000

Erie County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - Higher Education - Other: $40,416,000
    All Other: $30,478,000
    Sewerage: $5,372,000
    Parks and Recreation: $3,159,000
    Housing and Community Development: $742,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $5,336,000
    Education: $3,424,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $13,796,000
    Highways: $1,144,000
    Education: $95,000
    Public Welfare: $22,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $90,625,000
    Interest Earnings: $10,106,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $358,000
    Special Assessments: $75,000
    Rents: $36,000
    Sale of Property: $15,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $6,000
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $54,239,000
    Gas Utilities: $24,890,000
    Electric Utilities: $15,479,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $249,260,000
    Health and Hospitals: $80,287,000
    All Other: $57,183,000
    Education: $37,351,000
    Highways: $7,551,000
  • Tax - General Sales and Gross Receipts: $435,588,000
    Property: $165,006,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $6,774,000
    Other Selective Sales: $5,877,000
    Other License: $3,975,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $1,872,000

Erie County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $992,380,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $878,234,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $441,766,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $327,620,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $135,285,000
    Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $131,325,000
    Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $25,900,000
    Issue, Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $21,940,000
  • Short Term Debt Outstanding - End of Fiscal Year: $161,035,000
    Beginning: $87,857,000

Erie County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $204,825,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $124,224,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $144,331,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 26,358
  • Number of aged recipients: 2,606
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 23,752
  • Number of recipients under 18: 3,592
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 17,379
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 5,387
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 9,912
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 13,020
Erie County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Erie County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 237 full tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED4,241$114,2034,151$139,3708,062$133,5721,007$33,74253$1,805,887482$88,09570$50,386
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED157$112,217252$149,3691,015$137,274147$37,6265$1,272,40068$89,77916$38,313
APPLICATIONS DENIED416$102,221388$112,8173,305$125,6421,344$22,4689$125,556296$64,73060$38,167
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN222$115,586207$160,3142,233$131,01893$75,5483$6,988,33381$91,0375$41,400
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS73$103,38475$159,333765$128,35962$60,4350$032$86,8752$47,000
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 202 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED996$154,548484$166,1384$83,250
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED188$162,867120$171,1929$66,667
APPLICATIONS DENIED184$147,446121$152,5796$134,000
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN68$125,16230$132,4000$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS15$143,2008$136,3755$56,800

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

Most common first names in Erie County, NY among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John10,67674.0 years
Mary10,43280.0 years
Joseph7,87074.5 years
William6,70374.1 years
Edward5,38674.1 years
Helen5,35079.7 years
Robert4,87670.0 years
James4,73770.7 years
Frank4,71175.9 years
Charles4,30074.7 years
Most common last names in Erie County, NY among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith2,56574.9 years
Miller1,53175.9 years
Brown1,22773.3 years
Johnson1,17872.9 years
Williams1,15972.6 years
Jones96072.5 years
Wilson68374.8 years
Davis66873.1 years
Thomas57774.2 years
Clark57074.8 years
Businesses in Erie County, NY
NameCountNameCount
7-Eleven6Johnny Rockets1
ALDI8Jones New York13
ALDO1Journeys2
AMF Bowling3Just Tires8
AT&T25Justice2
Abercrombie & Fitch1KFC7
Abercrombie Kids1Kmart4
Ace Hardware3Kohl's5
Advance Auto Parts10La Quinta1
Aeropostale4La-Z-Boy6
American Eagle Outfitters4Lane Bryant3
Ann Taylor3Lane Furniture11
Apple Store1LensCrafters3
Applebee's7Little Caesars Pizza4
Arby's11Lowe's5
Ashley Furniture1Macy's3
AutoZone10Marriott5
Avenue1Marshalls4
BMW1MasterBrand Cabinets19
Bakers1Maurices2
Bally Total Fitness1McDonald's33
Banana Republic1Men's Wearhouse3
Barnes & Noble3Microtel2
Baskin-Robbins1Motel 61
Bath & Body Works6Motherhood Maternity4
Bebe1New Balance8
Bed Bath & Beyond4New York & Co4
Best Western3Nike41
Blockbuster10Nissan2
Brooks Brothers1Office Depot3
Brookstone1OfficeMax6
Budget Car Rental5Old Country Buffet1
Buffalo Wild Wings2Old Navy3
Burger King23Olive Garden3
CVS12Outback2
Cache1Outback Steakhouse2
Carson Pirie Scott4Pac Sun2
Casual Male XL1Panera Bread6
Catherines1Papa John's Pizza1
Charlotte Russe1Payless12
Chevrolet11Penske6
Chico's2PetSmart5
Chipotle2Pier 1 Imports3
Chuck E. Cheese's1Pizza Hut8
Clarion1Plato's Closet1
Clarks1Pottery Barn1
Cold Stone Creamery8Pottery Barn Kids1
Coldwater Creek1Quality2
Comfort Inn2Quiznos1
Comfort Suites2RadioShack14
Cracker Barrel1Raymour & Flanigan3
Cricket Wireless48Red Lobster2
Curves7Red Robin1
DHL3Red Roof Inn1
Dairy Queen14Rite Aid51
Days Hotel1Rodeway Inn2
Deb3Ruby Tuesday2
Decora Cabinetry2Ryder Rental & Truck Leasing1
Dennys7SAS Shoes2
DressBarn4Sam's Club1
Dressbarn4Sears9
Dunkin Donuts18Sephora4
Econo Lodge1Skechers USA1
Express3Sleep Inn2
Extended Stay America1Spencer Gifts3
Famous Footwear7Sprint Nextel9
Fashion Bug6Starbucks15
FedEx96Subaru1
Finish Line2Subway56
Firestone Complete Auto Care4Super 83
Foot Locker3T-Mobile35
Ford5T.G.I. Driday's4
Forever 211T.J.Maxx2
Fredericks Of Hollywood1Taco Bell5
GNC28Talbots2
GameStop14Target6
Gap3The Athlete's Foot2
Goodwill8The Cheesecake Factory1
Gymboree1The Limited1
H&M1The Room Place1
H&R Block32Tim Hortons90
Haworth1Toyota3
Hilton7Toys"R"Us5
Hobby Lobby1True Value9
Holiday Inn8U-Haul19
Hollister Co.2UPS117
Home Depot6Urban Outfitters1
Honda3Value City Furniture1
Hot Topic2Vans6
Houlihan's1Verizon Wireless11
Hyatt1Victoria's Secret3
Hyundai3Volkswagen1
IHOP1Walgreens15
J. Jill1Walmart6
J.Crew1Wendy's13
JCPenney3Wet Seal2
Jamba Juice1World Gym3
Jimmy John's1YMCA6
JoS. A. Bank3

Erie County on our top lists:

  • #1 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating from other counties between 2010 and 2011 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #2 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating from other counties between 2010 and 2011"
  • #4 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating to other counties in 2011 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #7 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating to other counties in 2011"
  • #8 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Catholic congregations"
  • #8 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Catholic congregations (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #16 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Sulfur Oxides Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #17 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant congregations"
  • #17 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant congregations (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #25 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest surface withdrawal of fresh water for public supply (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #26 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest surface withdrawal of fresh water for public supply"
  • #28 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Catholic adherents (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #28 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Catholic adherents"
  • #32 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest number of infant deaths per 1000 residents 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #36 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Black Protestant congregations (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #36 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Black Protestant congregations"
  • #39 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Black Protestant adherents (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #39 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Black Protestant adherents"
  • #40 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #41 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply"