North East is a borough in northwestern Pennsylvania's Erie County, 14 miles (23 km) northeast of Erie. Fruit growing was an early economic endeavor, and is still to this day, as this is a popular area for especially cherries and grapes. There is an annual Cherry Festival in the summer and an annual Wine Country Harvest Festival in the fall. It contains one college, Mercyhurst North East. It is part of the Erie Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is the northern most town in Pennsylvania. The name North East seems to be a misnomer since the borough is located in extreme northwestern Pennsylvania, but it is so named for its northeastern-most location within Erie County, Pennsylvania.
North East's economy is primarily based on grapes. Vineyards carpet the township and there are at least 5 large wineries in the area. One of the borough's largest employers is Welch's. A major natural gas company has recently been granted permission to drill the first of 11 natural gas wells within the Township.