2010: 101,786, #271 in U.S., #4 in Pennsylvania

1950: 130,803, #75 in U.S.

2010 Metropolitan Area: 280,566, #164 in U.S.

1950 Metropolitan Area: 219,388, #89 in U.S.


The city of Erie, on the shores of Lake Erie, was first settled in 1795. Presque Isle State Park is a peninsula stretching into the lake, near downtown. Gannon University is located downtown.


Tallest building: Renaissance Centre, 198 feet (1926)

The Bicentennial Tower (1996, 187 feet) is a public observation tower on the downtown waterfront.


Erie has no downtown department stores.


Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited goes west from Erie’s Union Station (1927) to Cleveland and Chicago, and east to Boston and New York City. Union Station is also used for private offices and the Erie Rail Museum.


The Erie Maritime Museum and the Erie Art Museum are located downtown.

Bicentennial Tower, Erie
(Photo by Douglas Boldt)


Erie has no downtown movie theaters. The Warner Theatre (1931) is a restored movie palace that now has touring Broadway shows, the Erie Philharmonic, and other concerts. The Strand Theatre (1948) is now used by Erie Playhouse, a community theater.


The Erie Seawolves, Double-A Eastern League affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, play at downtown’s UPMC Park (1995). Erie Insurance Arena (1983) hosts sporting events, concerts, and special events.

Map of Downtown Erie

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