Erie, PA (population: 103,895) has three journalism schools within its city limits. Mercyhurst College, the highest ranked school in the city with a journalism program, has a total student population of 4,373. It is the 352nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 36th highest in the state of Pennsylvania (#1 is University of Pennsylvania).
Journalism students from Erie schools who go on to become journalists, media journalists, investigative journalists, broadcast journalists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 43,390 people working as writers and authors alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $64,560. Also, Broadcast news analysts make on average $67,990 per year and there are about 5,820 of them employed in the US today.
Erie lies in Erie county, which is one of the 32 counties in Pennsylvania. Overall, the Erie area has 126,150 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 3.9% unemployment rate, $17.41/hr average worker wage, and a $36,220 average annual salary.
Of the 3 journalism schools in Erie, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Gannon University comes out as the most expensive ($21,655/yr) for journalism students, with Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Erie-Behrend College as the lowest, reported at only $18,857/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Erie|
|New Wilmington||PA||-||1||66.0236||69||70.8 miles|
|Highland Heights||OH||-||2||31.299||116||82.0 miles|
|Niagara Falls||NY||50,692||1||24.6139||10||85.9 miles|
|Cleveland Heights||OH||44,848||1||34.6777||3||87.1 miles|
|Warrensville Heights||OH||-||1||16.9884||13||88.0 miles|
|Cuyahoga Falls||OH||51,250||1||27.2194||16||99.4 miles|