Arts, Entertainment & Recreation

Arts and cultural activities create vitality and add to a community’s character. They also can be sources of distinction and prestige that draw visitors, helping to fuel the local economy with tourism spending. The Arts, Entertainment and Recreation sector in Erie County appears relatively healthy, with slightly more establishments, jobs and related spending here than at the state level or in similar counties. Lake Erie, Presque Isle Bay, and Presque Isle State Park are important regional attractions, drawing boaters, hikers, and nature lovers for a variety of recreational activities.

In 2016, there were 4 jobs in the Arts, Entertainment and Recreation sector per 10,000 residents in Erie County. This was slightly higher than the state rate of 3.7, and slightly lower than the U.S. rate of 4.2. Compared to Erie, the rate in Broome County, NY was similar, while rates were lower in Luzerne County, PA (2.7) and Stark County, OH (3.2). In 2016, the rate in Erie County was 11% higher than in 2000.

The Arts, Entertainment and Recreation sector represented 2.8% of all jobs in Erie County in 2016, or 3,200 people. This was a higher share of jobs than the state (2%) and the U.S. (1.8%). Since 2000, the county had a larger increase in this sector (1.3 percentage points) than the state (0.7 points) and national (0.3 points) levels during the same period.

Tourism spending, which brings external money into a community’s economy, represented $3,500 per resident in Erie County in 2016. This was higher than Pennsylvania ($3,250) and increased 9% in real terms since 2005. Tourism spending in similar counties was much less than in Erie.

Presque Isle State Park draws an estimated 4.2 million visitors each year. Presque Isle is a 3,200-acre sandy peninsula that arches into Lake Erie. As Pennsylvania's only "seashore," Presque Isle offers its visitors a beautiful coastline and many recreational activities, including swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, bicycling, and in-line skating.

The neck of the peninsula is attached to the mainland four miles west of downtown Erie. The park creates Presque Isle Bay, a wide and deep harbor for the city of Erie. The bay attracts many pleasure boats and worldwide freighters -- making Erie an important Great Lakes shipping port.

A National Natural Landmark, Presque Isle is a favorite spot for migrating birds. Because of the many unique habitats, Presque Isle contains a greater number of the state's endangered, threatened, and rare species than any other area of comparable size in Pennsylvania.

Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Establishments Maintaining
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Employees Increasing
Tourism Spending Maintaining
Median Age Increasing
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Change in Total Population Decreasing
Foreign Born Population Increasing
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Children Living in Poverty Increasing
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Student Performance in Grade 3 Reading Increasing
Student Performance in Grade 3 Math Increasing
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Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
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Mortality Rate Decreasing
Death from Heart Disease Decreasing
Death from Cancer Decreasing
Death from Stroke Decreasing
Death from Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease Increasing
Hypertension Prevalance Increasing
Diabetes Prevalence Increasing
Asthma Increasing
People Without Healthcare Coverage Decreasing
People Without a Primary Care Physician Increasing
Routine Checkups Increasing
People Who Cannot Afford Healthcare Decreasing
Adults Who are Overweight or Obese Increasing
Children Who are Overweight or Obese Increasing
Teens Who are Overweight or Obese Increasing
Adult Smokers Decreasing
Physically Inactive Adults Decreasing
Binge Drinking Maintaining
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Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Non Smoking During Pregnancy Increasing
Early Prenatal Care Increasing