Elizabeth City, NC
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Elizabeth City is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 17,988 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, Elizabeth City is the 46th largest community in North Carolina.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Elizabeth City is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Elizabeth City is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Elizabeth City who work in sales jobs (16.17%), teaching (10.69%), and food service (9.90%).

Also of interest is that Elizabeth City has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Because there are quite a few people attending college in Elizabeth City, it is thought of as a college town. To the benefit of the many students in the area, Elizabeth City provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards their needs and activities.

One of the nice things about Elizabeth City is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

The education level of Elizabeth City citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 21.02% of adults in Elizabeth City have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Elizabeth City in 2010 was $16,910, which is lower middle income relative to North Carolina, and low income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $67,640 for a family of four. However, Elizabeth City contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Elizabeth City also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 31.44% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Elizabeth City is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Elizabeth City home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Elizabeth City residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Elizabeth City include Irish, German, Italian, and Scottish.

The most common language spoken in Elizabeth City is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Scandinavian languages.