Erie, Pennsylvania

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Erie (pronounced /ˈɪəri/) is an industrial city on the shore of Lake Erie and the regional hub of northwestern of Pennsylvania. Named for the lake and the Native American tribe that resided along its southern shore, Erie is the state's fourth largest city (after Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Allentown), with a population of 104,000.[2] Erie's Metropolitan Area consists of approximately 280,000 residents and an Urbanized Area population of approximately 195,000. The city is the seat of government for Erie County.

Erie is in proximity to Cleveland, Ohio; Buffalo, New York; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Once teeming with heavy industry, Erie's manufacturing sector remains prominent in the local economy. Though healthcare, higher education, and tourism are emerging as greater economic drivers. More than four million people each year visit Presque Isle State Park,[3] for water recreation, and a new casino named for the state park is growing in popularity.

Erie is known as the Flagship City because of the presence of Oliver Hazard Perry's flagship Niagara.[4] The city has also been called the Gem City because of the "sparkling" lake.[4] Erie won the All-America City Award in 1972.[5]

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