Erie County, NY

Peer Group: Urban, High-Performing
POP.919,040
LAND AREA1042.7 mi²
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Overview of Erie County, NY

62

Overall Score
62.1
61.7
63.3
52.3
Read our methodology to see how the scores and rankings were calculated.
ScoreCategory
  • 70Population Health »
  • 26Equity »
  • 60Education »
  • 67Economy »
  • 48Housing »
  • 64Food & Nutrition »
  • 61Environment »
  • 60Public Safety »
  • 42Community Vitality »
  • 76Infrastructure »
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Population Health

This highest-weighted category assesses access to care, healthy behaviors, prevalence of health conditions, mental health and resulting health outcomes within communities.

78.5
years

Life Expectancy

National Median: 77.9 years

15.9%

Smoking Rate

National Median: 17.3%

5.7%

Population With No Health Insurance

National Median: 12.9%

Ranking Details

Health Behaviors

Health Conditions

Access to Care

Mental Health

Health Outcomes

Equity

The equity category assesses income, education, health and social equality to determine how well all members of a community are afforded the opportunity to live a productive, healthy life.

0.48

Segregation Index Score

National Median: 0.41

0.19

Racial Disparity in Educational Attainment

National Median: 0.15

0.11

Premature Death Disparity Index Score

National Median: 0.01

Ranking Details

Educational Equity

Health Equity

Income Equity

Social Equity

Education

The education category examines the strength of a community's education system and the education level of its residents through measures of participation, capacity and achievement.

$20,533

Per-Pupil Expenditures

National Median: $11,430

81.6%

High School Graduation Rate

National Median: 87.0%

43.3%

Population With Advanced Degree

National Median: 27.3%

Ranking Details

Educational Achievement

Education Infrastructure

Education Participation

Economy

The economy category captures measures of employment, opportunity and wealth. It serves as a backbone to the Healthiest Communities peer group rankings, which account for the complex challenges and limited resources within many communities.

15.0%

Poverty Rate

National Median: 16.0%

$51,247

Median Household Income

National Median: $45,114

4.9%

Unemployment Rate

National Median: 5.0%

Ranking Details

Employment

Income

Opportunity

Housing

The housing category tracks the availability, affordability and quality of homes within a community.

4.3%

Vacant Houses

National Median: 2.6%

5.3%

Change in Housing Value

National Median: 1.8%

42.6

Work Hours Needed to Pay for Affordable Housing

National Median: 42.5

Ranking Details

Housing Affordability

Housing Capacity

Housing Quality

Food & Nutrition

The food & nutrition category tracks the availability and use of healthy foods in a community, as well as the prevalence of chronic diseases that have been linked to poor nutrition.

26.3%

Obesity Prevalence

National Median: 31.0%

8.1%

Diabetes Prevalence

National Median: 9.3%

2.9
/100k

Local Food Outlets

National Median: 4.9/100k

Ranking Details

Food Availability

Nutrition

Environment

The environment category assesses the health of a community's natural surroundings by including measures of air and water quality, access to parks and natural amenities, and environmental risks.

47.9%

Population Within 0.5 Mile of a Park

National Median: 14.6%

50.6
/10k

Airborne Cancer Risk

National Median: 38.3/10k

11.0
days

Extreme Heat Days per Year

National Median: 8.0 days

Ranking Details

Air and Water

Natural Hazards

Natural Environment

Public Safety

The public safety category aims to reward communities with low crime rates, few deaths tied to motor vehicle crashes and robust first response teams.

$345

Per Capita Spending on Police and Fire Protection

National Median: $239

1.1
/1k

First Responders in Population

National Median: 0.7/1k

468.2
/100k

Violent Crime Rate

National Median: 200.0/100k

Ranking Details

Crime

Public Safety Capacity

Injuries

Community Vitality

The community vitality category assesses the stability and social cohesion of a community through measures of population growth, voter participation and more.

54.5%

Voter Participation Rate

National Median: 58.5%

65.0%

Homeownership Rate

National Median: 72.7%

-3.7%

Net Migration Rate

National Median: 1.0%

Ranking Details

Community Stability

Social Capital

Infrastructure

The infrastructure category gauges how well residents can make use of their community, and includes measures of walkability, commute times and internet access.

3.1%

Workers Commuting 60 Minutes or More

National Median: 6.4%

11.45

Walkability Index Score

National Median: 6.10

99.0%

Households With Internet Access

National Median: 73.6%

Ranking Details

Community Layout

Transportation

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