ERIE VITAL SIGNS
A Community Indicator Project for Regional Action

Erie Vital Signs is a project that encourages our community to create a shared vision for the future, built on data. It tracks indicators that measure our county's well-being in the seven topic areas seen above.

The goal of Erie Vital Signs is to inform and inspire. We believe an increased focus on data will help encourage positive community change. 

The data and analysis will serve as a common source of information on critical topics that affect the health and progress of Erie County and inform community stakeholders, spur discussion and collaboration, and monitor our quality of life. Special features of the Erie Vital Signs website include addition of social equity indicators that shed light on disparities by race and ethnicity. To illuminate stark social equity gaps, the website features also interactive maps that provide location-based insight to how social and economic conditions vary in different parts of Erie County.   

Community indicators are measurements of social, environmental and economic factors that affect quality of life. In a community indicator project, these factors are gathered and analyzed over time to monitor the community’s well-being and whether it’s improving, declining, or staying the same. These metrics help us decide how to focus our resources to improve our community, and then to monitor the impact of our collective efforts. 

Erie Vital Signs is a leadership initiative of The Erie Community Foundation.



LEADING REGIONAL INDICATORS
Click below to view interactive charts and full data on these featured indicators.
Community & Civic Engagement
Violent Crimes
2.2
 per 1,000 residents
in 2016

Maintaining
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Economy
People Living in Poverty
17%
 of population
in 2013-17

Increasing
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Health
Diabetes Prevalence
12%
 of adults
in 2017

Increasing
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EXPLORE MAP DATA
Get Location-Based Insight

Maps provide us with a different view of data - showing us how social and economic conditions are impacting different parts of our county. Poverty, income, education levels, home values and housing affordability are examples of Erie County visualizations available in our mapping section.

VIEW COMPLETE MAP DATA

ERIE VITAL SIGNS OVERVIEW

  • Erie is making progress in key areas, including education
  • The  population is growing more diverse, with more Asian and Hispanic residents
  • Economic challenges include stagnant incomes and increased poverty
  • Access to health care is increasing, but problems like obesity and smoking remain
  • Erie has lower education and income levels and higher poverty and unemployment among African American and Hispanic residents, showing the lasting effects of a history of unequal opportunity 


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