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What It’s Like to Live in Erie, PA

By Sarah Hordusky

If you are looking for a small-town feel with big city opportunities and enjoy spending time outside with your family and friends, then Erie, PA will be the perfect place for you to call home. Erie is a very diverse and lively city that has something for almost everyone.  From the low cost of living and affordable housing prices to its family friendliness and entertainment options, there are a ton of reasons to build your life here!

Rich History and Heritage

Erie County was formed in the 1800s after Pennsylvania purchased the Erie Triangle from the U.S. Government in 1792 for approximately $151,000. The new county was then named for Lake Erie and the Eriez Native American Tribe. Erie County continued to grow throughout the 20th Century, during World War II, our workers built everything from airplane bodies to artillery. Erie County grew quickly after the war, with bustling ports and busy rail lines. Shipping and manufacturing thrived, having contributed to an industrial heritage that continues to this day.

Check out these 9 Fun Facts About Erie, Pennsylvania You Should Know!

Today, Erie County has a diverse economy that is proud of a major expansion by Erie Insurance, a Fortune 500 Company erecting a new $135 million, 346,000-square-foot office building in downtown Erie. Companies from all over the world are drawn to the region's Innovation District, dynamic Bayfront development, and Secure Smart City Pilot Project.

You can learn more about Erie’s history and heritage at the Hagen History Museum as well as the Erie Maritime Museum.

Erie Art Museum

Diverse Arts and Culture

Erie’s thriving art and culture scene has a unique blend of metropolitan spirit and small-town charm. With thought-provoking art museums, Broadway shows, and our annual heritage festivals, social calendars are packed with high-caliber entertainment in a convenient, community-based setting.

The amazing arts and cultural community in Erie provides locals and visitors alike with experiences that inspire, enliven, and bring together the community. Check out Erie Arts and Culture for a complete guide of Erie’s arts and culture organizations.

Presque Isle State Park

Countless Outdoor Recreation and Sports

Outdoor life in Erie, PA is accessible during all four seasons. From hiking and fishing to surfing and skiing, there is no shortage of outdoor activities for you and your loved ones to enjoy together! Erie proudly embraces its four seasons and offers various activities for outdoor enthusiasts! When it comes to sports, Erie residents and visitors alike are in the front row cheering on our three minor league sports teams, our four universities with teams, and our thriving sports tourism scene!

Brew Ha Ha in Erie

The Delicious Food Scene

If you’re a foodie, Erie is the perfect place for you! Erie is a hot spot for new restaurants and we pride ourselves on some of the region’s amazing family-owned eateries! From fine dining and classic bars to local food trucks and breweries, Erie offers a diverse food scene that has something for everyone. Be sure to reach out to me and let me know what your Erie favorites are!

Check out a couple of my go-to cafes "The Cakery" and "Brew Ha Ha" and read all about 2022’s can’t miss dishes in Erie here!

Erie is Perfect for Families

Erie is rated as one of the best places to live in Pennsylvania due to its low cost of living, family friendliness, and highly-regarded grade school options. Erie’s cost of living is surprisingly affordable for being a waterfront city and county. In fact, it’s 25.4 percent lower than the average city in the U.S. Erie residents are able to support their families and still afford to buy a home while enjoying the small-town feel and lively city.

No matter the season, there are tons of affordable, family-friendly attractions in Erie for you and your loved ones to enjoy. Check out the Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park and the Erie Sports Center for year-round fun and entertainment. Here are 17 Fun Things to Do in Erie with Kids!

Why I Love Living in Erie

As a real estate agent in Erie, I get to explore different areas of the city and county every day. It's actually what inspired me to pay homage to the uniqueness of the place I get to call home. From the small-town feel to the lively city life, Erie continues to prove itself to be the best place for our little family!

If you're considering buying a home in beautiful Erie, Pennsylvania, reach out to me, Sarah Hordusky.

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