Elizabeth City, NC Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Elizabeth City, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of Elizabeth City had a population of 17,836 as of July 1, 2017. Elizabeth City ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in North Carolina. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Elizabeth City is located at latitude 36.294 and longitude -76.2354 in Pasquotank County. The formal boundaries for the City of Elizabeth City (see map below) encompass a land area of 11.17 sq. miles and a water area of 0.62 sq. miles. Pasquotank County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 3 feet.

The City of Elizabeth City (GNIS ID: 2403551) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Elizabeth City is located within Township of Elizabeth City, a minor civil division (MCD) of Pasquotank County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Elizabeth City population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Elizabeth City: Elizabethtown, Reading, Redding.

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Elizabeth City, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 17,836
Daytime Population: Workers 13,291
Daytime Population: Residents 10,233
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 23,524
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.32
Population in Households 16,323
Population in Familes 12,762
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,513
Population Density2 1,597
Diversity Index3 63


Median Household Income $36,716
Average Household Income $52,172
Per Capita Income $20,781


Total Housing Units 8,228 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,221 (39.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,651 (44.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,357 (16.5%)
Median Home Value $167,024
Average Home Value $185,626


Total Households 6,871
Average Household Size 2.38
Family Households 4,289
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population -0.37% -0.19%
Households 0.02% -0.2%
Families 0.34% -0.32%
Median Household Income   1.4%
Per Capita Income   3.08%

Elizabeth City, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Elizabeth City to the other 739 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 53 93rd
Population Density # 73 90th
Diversity Index # 145 81st
Median Household Income # 500 32nd
Per Capita Income # 475 36th

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