The Pennsylvanian city of Erie is variously nicknamed 'The Lake City', 'The Flagship City', 'The Gem City' and others, but oddly enough it isn't often referred to as the 'border city'. Yet this is exactly what the city is, and across its sparkling lake lies Canada. Expatriates living in Erie will find themselves in a relatively small and beautifully situated city of some 100,000 people. The cityscape is dotted with historic buildings including a number of elegant churches, such as the imposing St. Patrick's Church, and a particularly elegant old public library. The Bicentennial Tower, which sits on the lake's edge, is also worth a visit, as is the Presque Isle State Park. "Almost Island" in French, this is a unique urban landscape and a must-see for expats living in Erie with an interest in nature and landscaping. Expats in Erie have the best of both urban and rural here – the city is lively, yet it sits on the edge of a stunning lake and is built on a refreshingly 'human' scale.
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Expats moving to Erie have a choice of ways of getting to this northern American city. The Interstate Highway is easily accessible, with a number of Erie exits on Interstate 90, and a good choice of coach services to other US cities. There are train services to New York and Chicago, and Erie International Airport has regular flights to major US destinations served by larger airports. The InterNations website is replete with plenty more useful information on expatriation topics ranging from expat insurance and finance to living abroad. Expatriates moving to Erie can find much of this in the Expat Magazine, our online collection of articles. For more anecdotal 'on the ground' accounts, tips and advice, we also have a good collection of content written by InterNations members.
As a border city built on a lake, expats working in Erie will hardly be surprised to learn that the city has historically been an important maritime city. Heavy industry was also important here, although much of this has now been replaced by more light, consumer-centered industry. Still, though, modern-day Erie is home to steel and plastic manufacture as well as a strong services and health sector and a growing tourism industry. The diverse local economy also includes various places of higher education and a sizeable insurance sector. Expatriates working in Erie may like to find other global minds, and the InterNations website provides the easiest way to get in touch and socialize with the local expatriate community. Expats in Erie, as in many other US cities, can use our discussion groups, forums and private communications to organize meet-ups, get information or find other expatriates.