Edinboro is a borough in Erie County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is part of the Erie Metropolitan Statistical Area. As home to Edinboro University Of Pennsylvania, it is a small college town, as well as a "resort community". The population was 6,950 at the 2000 census. The town is located in the snowbelt region off of Lake Erie. According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 2.4 square miles (6.2 km2), of which, 2.3 square miles (6.0 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (4.53%) is water. With an enrollment over 8,700, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, is a major contributor to the local economy. Edinboro University was founded in 1857.