Homeownership in Erie County

Home Ownership

Analysis Categories

What does this measure?

Homeowners by Age Range, Move In Date, Education Level, and Race/Ethnicity as of 2018, by ZIP code.

Why is this important?

The home ownership market is an important way to gauge the momentum of a place, and know where demographics are concentrated. Tenure in one place, regardless of home ownership or renting, is an important corollary to quality of life. A higher rate of rentals over homeownership can also indicate the momentum of a neighborhood, or institution in the area.

How is Erie County doing?

Age

Home ownership is moderately even among age groupings from 35 to 75, but home rental is majority (29.9%) among those aged 35 or less.

Move-In Date

A quarter of all homeowners (26.9%) and nearly a quarter of all renters (24.4%) have remained in the same zip code since at least 2009. 

Educational Attainment

The majority of Erie's home owners and renters highest educational attainment is a high schoool diploma or equivalent, where differences lie is in home ownership of Bachelor's degree holders or higher at 23.6% compared to renters of the same educational attainment at 15.5%. Conversely, Erie County residents with less than a high school education represent only 7.6% of all home owners and 12.7% of renters.

Race

Unsurprisingly, the majorty of both home owners and renters are White, but within those categories, 90.4% of home owners are White, while only 86.4 of renters are White. This difference is made up for Black residents, wherein they represent 1.7% of home owners, but 4.6% of renters. Concerning persons of color, this pattern remains the same, with the percentage of renters of color always being higher their representation amongst home owners.

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 indicators for the Community: Home Ownership topic are:

  

  

This indicator measures the percentage of all occupied housing units (not vacant) that are owner-occupied (not rented). The trend for Home Ownership is maintaining from 2016 to 2017, with no significant deviation from 69.4% within the County. While it's important that this has not decrease, a home is a vital financial asset for a family and an investment for both the local neighborhood and surrounding community, and as such represents stagnant growth.

How does Erie compare to its Peers?


How does Erie compare to Pennsylvania?

About this Data

Data from U.S. Census ACS as of 2017.