Introduction to Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Elizabeth City, North Carolina, in Pasquotank county, is 30 miles S of Chesapeake, Virginia (center to center) and 37 miles S of Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Elizabeth City History

Elizabeth City was founded in 1793 as the town of Redding. It was established on land purchased from Adam and Elizabeth Tooley. Redding was renamed Elizabeth the following year and renamed again as Elizabeth City in 1801. The city was renamed either in honor of Queen Elizabeth I of England, who had spearheaded the colonization of the Virginia and Carolina coasts 200 years earlier, or in honor of Elizabeth "Betsy" Tooley, from whom the site for the town was purchased.

Elizabeth City and nearby Attractions

  • Museum of the Albemarle
  • Great Dismal Swamp Canal
  • Arts of the Albemarle
  • Port Discover
  • ECSU Fine Arts Complex
  • Episcopal Cemetery

Things To Do In Elizabeth City

Elizabeth City offers historic homes situated along tree-lined streets and a picturesque downtown complete with a scenic waterfront. Greater Elizabeth City is home to six National Register Historic Districts and six additional structures that have been listed independently in the National Register. The Museum of the Albemarle, located in the downtown area, is a huge building which has exhibits that tell the history of the 13 counties of Albemarle region.

Elizabeth City Transportation

Norfolk International Airport is less than one hour drive away.

Elizabeth City Higher Education

Elizabeth City State University and the College of the Albemarle are local institutions offering programs for higher education.


Total Population 18,111
Male Share of the Population 45.5%
Female Share of the Population 54.5%
Senior Citizens 14.7%
Employed Population 16+ 7,081
Age of the Population 32


% of people married 33.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 21.6%
Median Earnings25+ $25,181
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,607
Median Earnings With High School Degree $19,577


Median Family Income $40,176
% Above Poverty Level 70.2%
% Below Poverty Level 29.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 4.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.2%
% Using Public Transportation 1.1%


People Living Alone 32.8%
Median Gross Rent $809
Median House Value $125,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 59.6%
US/American 0%
English 7.3%
Irish 5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Elizabeth City Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 30 miles S of Chesapeake, Virginia (center to center)
Nearest Large City 37 miles S of Virginia Beach, Virginia
County Pasquotank
Standard Zip Codes 27909
P.O. Box Zip Codes 27906, 27907
Phone Area Codes 252
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.294
Longitude -76.251

Elizabeth City Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 3.3 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 53 F
Apr Temp 48 to 72 F
Jul Temp 70 to 89 F
Oct Temp 52 to 74 F
Annual Precip 48.2 inches
Distance 26.1 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 52 F
Apr Temp 48 to 70 F
Jul Temp 70 to 89 F
Oct Temp 52 to 73 F
Annual Precip 49.8 inches
Distance 36 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 49 F
Apr Temp 47 to 70 F
Jul Temp 69 to 88 F
Oct Temp 50 to 71 F
Annual Precip 48.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Elizabeth City, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Eliz City (27909)

Elizabeth City Coast Guard A (27909)

Elizabeth Cty (27906, 27907, 27909)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Hertford 2,197 $39,306

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Elizabeth City Public Libraries

East Albemarle Regional Library
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
(252) 335-2511
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Elizabeth City Hospitals

(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
1144 N ROAD ST
(252) 335-0531
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 17.1

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Student/teacher ratio: 14.1

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Student/teacher ratio: 5.3

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