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.
Elizabeth City is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (15.47%), teaching (10.31%), and office and administrative support (9.80%).
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.
Elizabeth City is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
The citizens of Elizabeth City are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 21.56% of adults in Elizabeth City having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Elizabeth City in 2010 was $16,783, 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 $67,132 for a family of four. However, Elizabeth City contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
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 German, Irish, French , and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Elizabeth City is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Scandinavian languages.