Erie County, NY

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2022 Population
951,232
0.16% 1-year growth
US Senator
Chuck Schumer
Democratic Party
US Senator
Kirsten Gillibrand
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
40.1
0.249% 1-year decrease
2022 Poverty Rate
13.8%
0.25% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$68,014
8.69% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$197,400
16.7% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
466,028
0.119% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Erie County, NY had a population of 951k people with a median age of 40.1 and a median household income of $68,014. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Erie County, NY grew from 949,715 to 951,232, a 0.16% increase and its median household income grew from $62,578 to $68,014, a 8.69% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Erie County, NY are White (Non-Hispanic) (73.6%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (12.5%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (4.3%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.94%), and Other (Hispanic) (2.04%).

None of the households in Erie County, NY reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

96.8% of the residents in Erie County, NY are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Erie County, NY are University at Buffalo (9,530 degrees awarded in 2022), SUNY Buffalo State University (2,064 degrees), and Bryant & Stratton College-Online (480091) (1,760 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Erie County, NY was $197,400, and the homeownership rate was 65.2%.

Most people in Erie County, NY drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 21.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Erie County, NY was 2 cars per household.

About the photo: Entrance to Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

Population & Diversity

Erie County, NY is home to a population of 951k people, from which 96.8% are citizens. As of 2022, 7.24% of Erie County, NY residents were born outside of the country (68.9k people).

In 2022, there were 5.87 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (700k people) in Erie County, NY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 119k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 40.9k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

96.8%
2022 Citizenship
96.9%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 96.8% of Erie County, NY residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Erie County, NY was 96.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Erie County, NY
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    700k ± 1.17k
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    119k ± 1.69k
  3. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    40.9k ± 666
5.96%
Hispanic Population
56.7k people

In 2022, there were 5.87 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (700k people) in Erie County, NY than any other race or ethnicity. There were 119k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 40.9k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

5.96% of the people in Erie County, NY are hispanic (56.7k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Erie County, NY as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Dominican Republic
    505,872 ± 17,239 people
  2. China
    415,960 ± 15,668 people
  3. Jamaica
    230,433 ± 11,717 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of New York was Dominican Republic, the natal country of 505,872 New York residents, followed by China with 415,960 and Jamaica with 230,433.

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Foreign-Born Population

7.24%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
68.9k people
7.25%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
68.9k people

As of 2022, 7.24% of Erie County, NY residents (68.9k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Erie County, NY was 7.25%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    16,695 ± 819
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    7,529 ± 752
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    5,932 ± 683

Erie County, NY has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.22 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Erie County, NY employs 466k people. The largest industries in Erie County, NY are Health Care & Social Assistance (79,867 people), Educational Services (52,960 people), and Retail Trade (51,926 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($82,690), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($80,500), and Public Administration ($71,289).

Males in New York have an average income that is 1.27 times higher than the average income of females, which is $77,694. The income inequality in New York (measured using the Gini index) is 0.494, which is higher than than the national average.

Occupations

466k
2022 Value
± 5,659
0.119%
1 Year growth
± 1.69%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Erie County, NY grew at a rate of 0.119%, from 465k employees to 466k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Erie County, NY, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (58,007 people), Management Occupations (48,126 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (46,684 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Erie County, NY.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

466k
2022 Value
± 5,659
0.119%
1 Year growth
± 1.69%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Erie County, NY grew at a rate of 0.119%, from 465k employees to 466k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Erie County, NY, are Health Care & Social Assistance (79,867 people), Educational Services (52,960 people), and Retail Trade (51,926 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Erie County, NY, though some of these residents may live in Erie County, NY and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$53,480
Median earning men ± $950
$40,757
Median earning women ± $568

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Public Administration ($79,009), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($70,484), and Wholesale Trade ($63,156).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($61,371), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($54,896), and Manufacturing ($45,840).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.74%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 9.56M people employed in New York. This represents a 2.74% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 19.7%.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 9,418
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 5,735
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services
  3. 4,914
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Erie County, NY went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 56% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (41.4%), followed by Other (1.6%).

Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand are the senators currently representing the state of New York. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

New York is currently represented by 26 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from New York

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Chuck Schumer
Senator from New York3
Assumed office on January 3, 1999
Kirsten Gillibrand
Senator from New York1
Assumed office on January 26, 2009
Appointed to the seat following the resignation of Hillary Clinton, who had become Secretary of State.

Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand are the senators currently representing New York.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from New York

New York is currently represented by 26 members in the U.S. house.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Erie County, NY awarded 20,165 degrees. The student population of Erie County, NY in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 28,339 male students and 40,561 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Erie County, NY are White (11,342 and 62.4%), followed by Black or African American (2,516 and 13.9%), Asian (1,582 and 8.71%), and Hispanic or Latino (1,190 and 6.55%).

The largest universities in Erie County, NY by number of degrees awarded are University at Buffalo (9,530 and 47.3%), SUNY Buffalo State University (2,064 and 10.2%), and Bryant & Stratton College-Online (480091) (1,760 and 8.73%).

The most popular majors in Erie County, NY are General Business Administration & Management (1,595 and 7.91%), Registered Nursing (837 and 4.15%), and General Psychology (808 and 4.01%).

The median tuition costs in Erie County, NY are $27,400 for private four year colleges, and $7,070 and $20,985 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Erie County, NY, the percentage of applicants admitted was 74.6%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 17.4%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 68,900 (41.1% men and 58.9% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 68,900 students enrolled in Erie County, NY, 41.1% men and 58.9% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 33,543 records, of which 60% were women and 40% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 1,120 degrees awarded
  2. 779 degrees awarded
  3. 490 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Erie County, NY was General Business Administration & Management with 1,120 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Erie County, NY according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 9,530 degrees awarded
  2. 2,064 degrees awarded
  3. 1,760 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was University at Buffalo with 9,530 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 7,898 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Erie County, NY, which is 0.644 times less than the 12,267 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 11,342 degrees mean that there were 4.51 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 2,516 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($27,400) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($2,564) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($1,180) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 1.7% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 1.75% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (4.04M), Bachelors Degree (3.33M), and Some college (2.79M).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Erie County, NY was $197,400 in 2022, which is 0.7 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $169,100 to $197,400, a 16.7% increase. The homeownership rate in Erie County, NY is 65.2%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Erie County, NY have an average commute time of 21.2 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Erie County, NY is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Erie County, NY is $68,014. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Erie County, NY was Census Tract 135.02 with a value of $178,139, followed by Census Tract 90.07 and Census Tract 142.06, with respective values of $158,089 and $137,803.

In 2022, 15.1% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Erie County, NY. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 0.617%.

Property

$197,400
Median Property Value 2022
±$1,868
$264,980
Median Property Taxes
±$3,466

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Erie County, NY the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

65.2%
Homeownership
2022
61.3%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 65.2% of the housing units in Erie County, NY were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 65.2%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 135.02
  2. Census Tract 90.07
  3. Census Tract 142.06

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Erie County, NY was Census Tract 135.02 with a value of $178,139, followed by Census Tract 90.07 and Census Tract 142.06, with respective values of $158,089 and $137,803.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Erie County, NY colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$68,014
Median Household Income
± $804
407k
Number of Households
± 5,103

In 2022, the median household income of the 407k households in Erie County, NY grew to $68,014 from the previous year's value of $62,578.

The following chart displays the households in Erie County, NY distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Erie County, NY is from New York.
0.494
2022 Wage GINI in New York
0.493
2021 Wage GINI in New York

In 2022, the income inequality in New York was 0.494 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.125% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for New York was higher than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in New York in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (76.1%)
  2. Worked At Home (9.69%)
  3. Carpooled (7.18%)

In 2022, 76.1% of workers in Erie County, NY drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (9.69%) and those who carpooled to work (7.18%).

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Commute Time

21.2 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Erie County, NY have a shorter commute time (21.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.24% of the workforce in Erie County, NY have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 15.1% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Erie County, NY. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 0.617%.

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Poverty & Diversity

13.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Erie County, NY (128k out of 928k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 55 - 64.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Erie County, NY is White, followed by Black and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 17.8% of the children was living in poverty in Erie County, NY. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 2.5%.

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Crimes & Accidents

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In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 428 in Erie County, NY. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 68.7 per 100,000 population.

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Health

97.1% of the population of Erie County, NY has health coverage, with 49.7% on employee plans, 20.6% on Medicaid, 13.8% on Medicare, 12.1% on non-group plans, and 0.947% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Erie County, NY see 1252 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.239% decrease from the previous year (1255 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1168 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 285 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48% were men and 52% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,252 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Erie County, NY

Primary care physicians in Erie County, NY see an average of 1,252 patients per year. This represents a 0.239% decrease from the previous year (1,255 patients).

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 21.7% under 18 years, 22% between 18 and 34 years, 38.2% between 35 and 64 years, and 18.1% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48% were men and 52% were women.

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Uninsured People

2.88%
Uninsured
49.7%
Employer Coverage
20.6%
Medicaid
13.8%
Medicare
12.1%
Non-Group
0.947%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Erie County, NY declined by 1.97% from 2.93% to 2.88%.

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Health Outcomes

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In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 46.5 in Erie County, NY.

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Health Behaviors

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In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 31.7% in Erie County, NY.

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Clinical Care

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In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 4.08% in Erie County, NY.

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