North East, Pennsylvania

North East, Pennsylvania

North East, Pennsylvania is a small city with a population of about 4,400 people as of the 2010 census. The city is located in North East Township, which borders Lake Erie and the state of New York. The area has a temperate climate, with warm summers and cold winters. The city has a rich history, having been founded in 1798 by settlers from Connecticut who were looking for fertile land to cultivate. In the early 1800s, North East was an important stop on the Underground Railroad and was also known for its lumber and fishing industries. See health-beauty-guides for top counties in Pennsylvania.

Politically speaking, North East is part of Erie County and is represented by two state senators in the Pennsylvania State Senate. The economy of North East is largely driven by manufacturing and tourism. There are several schools throughout the city that serve its students ranging from elementary to high school level education. Popular landmarks in North East include Presque Isle State Park, Waldameer Park & Water World, and Erie Zoo – all three of which attract tourists from all over Pennsylvania and beyond.

North East, Pennsylvania

Population: 4,601. Estimated population in July 2020: 4,331 (-5.9% change)
Males: 2,235 (48.6%), Females: 2,366 (51.4%)

Erie County

Zip code: 16428

Median resident age: 34.2 years
Median household income: $36,431
Median house value: $94,600

Races in North East:

  • White Non-Hispanic (96.7%)
  • Hispanic (1.9%)
  • Black (0.8%)
  • Two or more races (0.8%)
  • Other race (0.6%)

Ancestries: German (24.9%), Italian (17.7%), Irish (15.5%), United States (11.8%), Polish (10.2%), English (8.7%).

Elevation: 801 feet

Land area: 1.3 square miles


North East, Pennsylvania is a small town located in the heart of Erie County. As of the 2020 census, the population was estimated to be 3,743. The town has a median age of 42 years and is predominantly white (94%). The median household income is $54,069 and the poverty rate is 8%. The cost of living in North East is lower than both the state and national averages. Housing costs are especially low with an average home price of $145,000. Renters can expect to pay around $800 per month for a two-bedroom apartment. Utilities such as electricity and water are also reasonably priced at around $100 per month. Healthcare costs are slightly above average but still relatively affordable. Food prices are also slightly higher than average but still within most people’s budgets. Overall, North East provides a good quality of life at an affordable cost for those looking to settle down in small town USA.

For population 25 years and over in North East

  • High school or higher: 82.8%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 22.1%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 6.4%
  • Unemployed: 9.5%
  • Mean travel time to work: 15.9 minutes

For population 15 years and over in North East borough

  • Never married: 26.1%
  • Now married: 53.7%
  • Separated: 2.5%
  • Widowed: 8.8%
  • Divorced: 8.9%

0.8% Foreign born

Population change in the 1990s: -16 (-0.3%).


Hospitals/medical centers near North East:

  • HAMOT MEDICAL CENTER (about 17 miles; ERIE, PA)


Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to North East:

  • ERIE INTL/TOM RIDGE FIELD (about 26 miles; ERIE, PA; Abbreviation: ERI)
  • CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY/JAMESTOWN (about 41 miles; JAMESTOWN, NY; Abbreviation: JHW)
  • VENANGO REGIONAL (about 59 miles; FRANKLIN, PA; Abbreviation: FKL)

Other public-use airports nearest to North East:

  • PRATT’S EASTERN DIVIDE (about 12 miles; SHERMAN, NY; Abbreviation: D88)
  • ERIE COUNTY (about 13 miles; WATTSBURG, PA; Abbreviation: 3G1)
  • CORRY-LAWRENCE (about 26 miles; CORRY, PA; Abbreviation: 8G2)

Amtrak station near North East:

  • 19 miles: ERIE (14TH & PEACH ST.). Services: partially wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, paid short-term parking, paid long-term parking, call for taxi service, public transit connection.

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to North East:

  • NORTHWEST PENNSYLVANIA TECHNICAL INSTITUTE (about 13 miles; ERIE, PA; Full-time enrollment: 3,304)
  • EDINBORO UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA (about 17 miles; EDINBORO, PA; Full-time enrollment: 6,631)
  • PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIV-PENN ST ERIE-BEHREND COLL (about 17 miles; ERIE, PA; Full-time enrollment: 3,481)
  • MERCYHURST COLLEGE (about 17 miles; ERIE, PA; Full-time enrollment: 2,824)
  • GANNON UNIVERSITY (about 17 miles; ERIE, PA; Full-time enrollment: 2,766)
  • SUNY COLLEGE AT FREDONIA (about 38 miles; FREDONIA, NY; Full-time enrollment: 4,758)
  • JAMESTOWN COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 42 miles; JAMESTOWN, NY; Full-time enrollment: 2,662)


Public high school in North East:

  • NORTH EAST HS (Students: 661; Grades: 09 – 12)

Private high school in North East:

  • NORTH EAST CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (Students: 35; Location: 5335 STATION ROAD P O BOX 595; Grades: KG – 12)

Public primary/middle schools in North East:

  • NORTH EAST MS (Students: 489; Grades: 06 – 08)
  • NORTH EAST INTRMD EL (Students: 422; Grades: 03 – 05)
  • EARLE C DAVIS PRIMARY (Students: 352; Grades: KG – 02)

Private primary/middle schools in North East:

  • SAINT GREGORY SCHOOL (Students: 166; Location: 140 W MAIN ST; Grades: KG – 8)
  • CREEKSIDE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (Students: 66; Location: 43 SOUTH LAKE STREET; Grades: KG – 8)


Library in North East:

  • MCCORD MEMORIAL LIBRARY (Operating income: $208,670; Location: 32 WEST MAIN STREET; 30,584 books; 1,577 audio materials; 736 video materials; 83 serial subscriptions)
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