Survey shows 16501 is poorest zip code in PA

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A new report on the poorest zip code in every state puts an Erie zip code leading Pennsylvania. 

According to ‘Business Insider,’ the 16501 zip code is the poorest zip in the state.  16501 includes the majority of downtown Erie and areas of 12th Street from Liberty to Holland.  The article reports the median income of that area is slightly more than $10,500 with a population of 2,150.

Mayor Joe Schember says there’s Section 8 housing in that region, but there are plans in the works to hopefully turn around Erie’s negative press.

The numbers were configured using data from the 2012-2016 American Community Survey, a subset of the US Census.

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