Erie County is a county located in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania.
As of 2000, the population was 280,843.
county seat is Erie.
According to the U.S.
county has a total area of 1,558 square miles
(4,036 km²), of which, 802 square miles (2,077 km²)
of it is land and 756 square miles (1,959 km²) of it
(48.54%) is water. There are only two cities in Erie County; the
City of Erie and the City of Corry.
County is bordered on the northeast by Chautauqua
County, New York, on the east by Warren
County, on the south by Crawford
County, and on the west by Ashtabula
County, Ohio. Directly north of the county is Lake Erie, with the nearest landmass beyond it being the
province of Ontario, Canada.
County was established on March 12, 1800 from part of Allegheny
County, which absorbed the lands of the disputed Erie Triangle in 1792.
Prior to 1792, the region was
claimed by both New York and Pennsylvania, so no county
demarcations were made until the federal government intervened.
See interactive Pennsylvania County Formation
County and its newly-established neighboring counties of Crawford,
Mercer, Venango, and Warren were initially unable to sustain
themselves, a five-county administrative organization was
established at Crawford County's Meadville to temporarily manage government affairs in the
Erie elected its own county officials in 1803.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 280,843
people, 106,507 households, and 71,040 families residing in the
county. The population density
was 350 people per square mile (135/km²). There were 114,322
housing units at an average density of 143 per square mile
(55/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 90.90% White
, 6.13% Black
or African American
, 0.17% Native American
, 0.69% Asian
, 0.02% Pacific Islander
, 0.86% from
, and 1.25%
from two or more races. 2.18% of the population were Hispanic
of any race. 24.4% were of German, 12.5% Polish, 12.3% Italian, 10.1% Irish, 6.5% English and 6.4% American ancestry according to Census
There were 106,507 households out of which 31.60% had children
under the age of 18 living with them, 50.50% were married couples
living together, 12.10% had a
female householder with no husband present, and 33.30% were
non-families. 27.60% of all households were made up of individuals
and 11.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or
older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family
size was 3.07.
In the county, the population was spread out with 25.00% under the
age of 18, 10.80% from 18 to 24, 27.70% from 25 to 44, 22.20% from
45 to 64, and 14.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median
age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 95.20 males. For
every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.70 males.
Government and politics
seat of government is in Erie, Pennsylvania.
The county has a home-rule charter and is
run by a county executive
. The Erie
County Executive as of June 2007 is Mark A. DiVecchio. The
remaining elected officials of the executive branch are the Erie
County Controller, Erie County Coroner, Erie County District
Attorney, Erie County Sheriff, and Erie County Clerk. see latest list
The county executive appoints a chief public defender to the Erie
County Public Defender's Office and members of a Criminal Justice
Advisory Board .
Erie County Department of Public Safety and the Emergency
Management Agency (EMA) relocated to a new public safety building
located near the Erie County Vocational Technical School in
January 2008. 9-1-1 dispatcher
operations will be based at the new facility. Seven new
communications towers and backup power generation will be features
of the new reinforced concrete
building, which will be able to withstand a Category F3 tornado
Erie County Department of Corrections operates the Erie County
, which is located on Ash Street between East 18th Street
and the railroad tracks in Erie.
|+ Erie County Executives
||1978 – 1982
|Judith M. Lynch
||1982 – 2002
||2002 – 2006
|Mark A. DiVecchio
||2006 – 2010
|Barry Grossman (Incumbent)
The legislature consists of a county
. The Erie County Council is made up of seven councilmen
elected to represent seven geographical districts. see map
A chairman and vice chairman are chosen
among the councilmen to lead the council.
- Phil Fatica, Democrat (District 1 - west city)
- Joseph F. Giles, Democrat (Vice Chairman, District 2 - city
- Fiore Leone, Democrat (Chairman, District 3 - south central
- Ronald Cleaver, Democrat (also known as Whitey Cleaver)
(District 4 - southeast city)
- Kyle W. Foust, Democrat (District 5 - northeast suburbs)
- David E. Mitchell, Republican (District 6 - southeast
- Carol J. Loll, Republican (District 7 - west suburbs).
The judiciary is made up of nine judges serving the Erie County
Court of Common Pleas and forty-six magisterial district judges
serve the district courts. Court administration is managed by a
district court administrator, deputy court administrator, and
assistant court administrator. The Erie County Courthouse is
located on Perry Square
- Clerk of Records, Pat Fetzner, Democrat
- Controller, Sue Weber, Democrat
- Coroner, Lyell Cook, Democrat
- District Attorney, Bradley Foulk, Republican (deceased);
currently held by Jack Daneri
- Sheriff, Bob Merski, Democrat
As of November 2008
, there are 185,081
registered voters in Erie County 
Erie County tends to be Democratic-leaning in statewide elections,
with all four statewide winners carrying it in 2008. The margins of
victory for the Democratic Presidential candidate in the 2000,
2004, and 2008 elections in Erie County were 9, 8, and 20
percentage points, respectively.
Pennsylvania State Senate
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
United States House of Representatives
Map of Erie County, Pennsylvania with Municipal Labels showing
Cities and Boroughs (red), Townships (white), and Census-designated
Under Pennsylvania law, there are four types of incorporated
, and, in
at most two cases, towns
following cities, boroughs and townships are located in Erie
geographical areas designated by the U.S. Census Bureau
for the purposes
of compiling demographic data. They are not actual jurisdictions
under Pennsylvania law. Other unincorporated communities, such as
villages, may be listed here as well.
Public School Districts
two Pennsylvania state
parks in Erie County and both are on the shores of Lake Erie.