I live an hour from Erie, Pa. I can't tell you anything about the city itself, but to be honest, I hate living in this part of the country. I guess I've been spoiled after 10 yrs in So. Ca. and 4 yrs in Oregon, but the weather sucks. Prepare for 100 + inches of snow in the winter and lots of gray, overcast days. Single digit temps. The only good thing from my point of view is you would be very close to some excellent steelhead fishing.