Business Establishments in Erie County

Business Establishments

Analysis Categories

What Does this Measure?

The number of establishments per NAICS industry sector, as well as establishment counts by employment size, by ZIP code.

Why is this Important?

Knowing the breakdown of business establishments in the county or at the ZIP code level gives insight to the drivers of a location's economy and where there exists a surplus or gap within certain categories.

How is Erie County Doing?


Erie County's business establishments are significantly service-oriented, with the highest number in Retail Trade (2,008), followed by Healthcare and Social Services (1,864) and Accommodation and Food Services (1,336) categories. Construction (1,116) and Manufacturing (1,088) represent a large portion of tradespeople as well as establishments in the Erie County economy.


There are more establishments in Erie County below 10 employees (9,002) than all other size establishments combined. Establishments between 1 to 4 employees (6,118) represent 45.6% of all establshments in the county.


Geographically, the highest concentration of establishments by ZIP code occurs West of the City of Erie in the 16505, 16506, and 16509 ZIP codes with an average of 654 establishments, compared to the County average of 209 per.

EVS Indicators

EVS analyzes the data in each topic category using indicators, which report a targeted and digestible number, rate, or amount to represent Erie County as a whole. While this does not cover every aspect of the topic, it assists in establishing Erie's performance relative to the prior year(s). The indicator for the Business Establishments topic is:


This indicator measures the total number of all business establishments for the latest data year in all of Erie County. New establishments contribute to job  and economic growth, and demonstrate a culture of innovation and  entrepreneurship in the region. The trend for Business Establishments is down and worse from 2017 to 2018, with a reported loss of -47 businesses representing -0.67% within the County.

How does Erie compare to Its Peers?

How does Erie compare to Pennsylvania?

About this Data

Data from the Census Business Builder: Regional Analyst Edition as of 2017.