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  1. Public Schools
    C-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    C+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    C
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    B
Elizabeth City is a town in North Carolina with a population of 17,604. Elizabeth City is in Pasquotank County. Living in Elizabeth City offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. Many families and young professionals live in Elizabeth City and residents tend to be liberal.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$127,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$822
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    60%
  • Own
    40%
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Elizabeth City Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    355.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    5.7
    6.1
  • Rape
    57.4
    40.7
  • Robbery
    91.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,394.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,686
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    292.7
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    14%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    10%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    13%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    33%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    29%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    14%
    13%

Working in Elizabeth City

Jobs
C
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$36,681
National
$55,322

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What I like about Elizabeth City is how diverse it truly is. Elizabeth hosts a annual Potato Festival were you’ll see the entire town come and enjoy themselves, and it’s definitely a beautiful experience see and be apart. But, there’s no such thing as a perfect and I would love to see a lot of changes happen in Elizabeth City. For example, I would love to Elizabeth City make changes in the school system, because it’s taken Elizabeth City a little over a year to find a new superintendent for the school district, because the old superintendent decided to leave. So, there was a moment where the school system suffered, because there wasn’t anyone in charge of the school board. Now that we have a new superintendent for the school district we’re finally able to thrive as Elizabeth City Pasquotank Public Schools without having to fear the lost of a important role in our community.
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I lived in EC for 17 years. When a I moved there I saw such great potential. Unfortunately, as time passed I saw an uptick in crime. My car was vandalized 3 times, my home was broken into while I was home, and a man fleeing from the police tossed a gun in my backyard. It wasn’t uncommon to hear gunshots from time to time. Property values tanked, and losing money on a home sale was common place. Unfortunately the schools are low performing, causing many to put their children in a private school. I am sad to see what has become of that sweet little town. I would not suggest moving there.
I believe that Elizabeth City is a wonderful town for a retired couple. However, growing up there has been bittersweet. Everyone I care about the most in my life are located within walking distance to each other. However, a small town sometimes entails a small mind. Going to college for art is unthinkable to most. Many people around me don't understand what I do or why I do it. There is an abundance of judgemental people in this town. There is also very little to do around here (except the yearly Potato Festival). Regardless, Elizabeth City is home. Every memory I have ever made came from this town. My parents, grandparents, and ancestors all lived here. There are many upsides as well as downsides about Elizabeth City and my experience living here. I remember the days where I longed to leave the small town. Now, as that day approaches, I think I might miss it. I would rate Elizabeth City as "average" because I know the grass isn't always greener on the other side.