National Pub. Ranks County Economy High

Posted on July 19, 2012



Area Development, a national business publication, recently rated Erie County and the City of Sandusky 37th out of 365 metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) nationwide.  This means that, comparatively speaking, the local economy is stronger and recovering more quickly than many other parts of the country. 


Sandusky is the highest ranked metro area in Ohio; Columbus placed 48th.  It ranked 6th among the nation’s Top 25 “Recession-Busting” Small Cities. It ranked 7th among Top 20 Midwestern Cities, highest in the state, and ahead of the only other Ohio cities listed, Columbus and Toledo.



Erie County Commission President Bill Monaghan said, “Manufacturing and tourism have always been keys to our economy. This report recognizes that.  Our future will be bright if we build on these while finding ways to diversify into other growth industries such as aerospace.”


The rankings are based on information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Bureau of Economic Analysis and the U.S. Census American community Survey.




For more information about the rankings and the methodology used, go to