North East, Pennsylvania

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North East
Main Street, looking west toward Lake Street (PA 89)
Main Street, looking west toward Lake Street (PA 89)
Etymology: North East Township
Location in Erie County and the state of Pennsylvania.
Location in Erie County and the state of Pennsylvania.
Coordinates: 42°12′48″N 79°50′1″W / 42.21333°N 79.83361°W / 42.21333; -79.83361Coordinates: 42°12′48″N 79°50′1″W / 42.21333°N 79.83361°W / 42.21333; -79.83361
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Erie
Settled 1800
 • Mayor Steve Gregory
 • Total 1.3 sq mi (3 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 3,998
 • Density 3,100/sq mi (1,200/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-5)
Zip code 16428
Area code(s) 814
A Keystone Marker, with an atypical color scheme, in North East.

North East is a borough in Erie County, Pennsylvania, United States, approximately 14 miles (23 km) northeast of Erie in the state's northwestern corner. Fruit growing was an early economic endeavor, and is still to this day, as this is a popular area for especially cherries and grapes. There is an annual Cherry Festival in the summer and an annual Wine Country Harvest Festival in the fall. It contains one college, Mercyhurst North East. In 1900, 2,068 people called it home, and in 1910, 2,672 people resided here. The population was 4,601 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Erie Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is the northern most town in Pennsylvania. The name North East seems to be a misnomer since the borough is located in extreme northwestern Pennsylvania, but it is so named for its northeastern-most location within Erie County, Pennsylvania.


The North East Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1990. Short's Hotel was listed in 1983.[1]


North East is located at 42°12′48″N 79°50′1″W / 42.21333°N 79.83361°W / 42.21333; -79.83361 (42.213385, -79.833711).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2), all of it land.

Short's Hotel (1899)
National Register of Historic Places


Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 387
1860 566 46.3%
1870 900 59.0%
1880 1,396 55.1%
1890 1,538 10.2%
1900 2,068 34.5%
1910 2,672 29.2%
1920 3,481 30.3%
1930 3,670 5.4%
1940 3,704 0.9%
1950 4,247 14.7%
1960 4,217 −0.7%
1970 3,846 −8.8%
1980 4,568 18.8%
1990 4,617 1.1%
2000 4,601 −0.3%
2010 4,294 −6.7%
Est. 2014 4,197 [3] −2.3%

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 4,601 people, 1,730 households, and 1,162 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,515.4 people per square mile (1,356.1/km²). There were 1,795 housing units at an average density of 1,371.5 per square mile (529.0/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 97.65% White, 0.80% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.59% from other races, and 0.78% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.87% of the population.

There were 1,730 households out of which 35.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.9% were married couples living together, 14.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.8% were non-families. 29.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the borough the population was spread out with 27.5% under the age of 18, 11.2% from 18 to 24, 27.0% from 25 to 44, 20.3% from 45 to 64, and 13.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 94.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.9 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $36,431, and the median income for a family was $43,250. Males had a median income of $33,939 versus $21,921 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $16,132. About 10.0% of families and 13.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.3% of those under age 18 and 11.9% of those age 65 or over.

Lake Shore Railway Museum (1899)


North East's economy is primarily based on grapes. Vineyards carpet the township and there are at least 5 large wineries in the area. One of the borough's largest employers is Welch's. A major natural gas company has recently been granted permission to drill the first of 11 natural gas wells within the Township.


Lake and Main Streets

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