Location is perhaps one of Erie County’s greatest assets.
Situated in Northern Ohio, between Cleveland and Toledo – Erie County is centrally located between New York City, Chicago and Toronto, allowing quick market access to more than half of North America, including Canada.
Almost 50% of the US population is within 500 miles/805 km of the Erie County Region. Additionally, 60% of all US Fortune 500 headquarters are within a day’s drive of the region.
In fact, our region reaches the largest number of consumers in a 250-mile/400-km radius compared to any other metro market in the US.
This proximity to major markets allows people and products to move quickly and efficiently to the destinations they need to reach. This access is supported by a robust transportation system and infrastructure:
Two of the country’s most traveled interstates pass directly through Erie County: I-80 which runs east and west from New York City to Los Angeles and I-90 which runs east and west from Boston to Seattle. I-75, the busiest U.S. interstate, running north and south from Michigan to Florida, is only 30 minutes west of Erie County. State Routes 4, 6, and 250 are also easily reached from anywhere in the county. 150+ intermodal trucking companies are available to provide services to the region’s industry.
- Rail & Services
Erie County offers mainline access to the Norfolk & Southern railway corridor between New York and Chicago. The State of Ohio has the fourth highest volume of rail traffic in the nation.
- Air Services
Cleveland Hopkins International (CLE) Airport is within 60 miles of Erie County. Akron/Canton Airports (CAK) and Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) are also conveniently accessed from the region. Smaller aircraft can be accommodated at the Erie-Ottawa Regional Airport.
- Port Shipping
Erie County businesses have access to the Great Lakes shipping lanes with our own ports in Sandusky and Huron. In addition, ships dock from all over the world at Cleveland and Toledo Ports and businesses can ship goods to both the eastern and western hemisphere through the St. Lawrence Seaway.