Elizabeth City Micro and County Commuting Patterns

Pasquotank, Perquimans and Camden Counties comprise the Elizabeth City Micropolitan Area.

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Nearly 19% of all workers in the Elizabeth City Micropolitan Area and nearly 23% of all male workers commute to jobs in Virginia. The percentages are highest in Camden County, where 39% of all workers and 51% of male workers commute to Virginia.

The average monthly cost of gasoline at $2.20 a gallon for a commute to the border communities in the Hampton Roads MSA is about $170. Tolls can add another $50 to $100 monthly. This suggests that a resident of Pasquotank could accept an hourly wage about $1.50-to-$2 per hour lower than in Virginia, break even on net take-home (even without considering added maintenance costs, such as accelerated tire replacement) – and gain the equivalent of a full week of leisure each month by eliminating all the drive time

Elizabeth City Micropolitan Area Total Male Female
Workers 16 years and over 27,209 14,239 12,970
Worked in state of residence 81.50% 77.10% 86.50%
Worked in county of residence 57.20% 54.80% 60.00%
Worked outside county of residence 24.30% 22.30% 26.50%
Worked outside state of residence 18.50% 22.90% 13.50%
Pasquotank County Total Male Female
Workers 16 years and over 17,752 9,244 8,508
Worked in state of residence 84.70% 81.40% 88.40%
Worked in county of residence 72.80% 69.20% 76.70%
Worked outside county of residence 11.90% 12.10% 11.70%
Worked outside state of residence 15.30% 18.60% 11.60%
Camden County Total Male Female
Workers 16 years and over 4,484 2,322 2,162
Worked in state of residence 61.30% 48.80% 74.70%
Worked in county of residence 21.90% 18.40% 25.50%
Worked outside county of residence 39.50% 30.40% 49.20%
Worked outside state of residence 38.70% 51.20% 25.30%
Perquimans County Total Male Female
Workers 16 years and over 4,973 2,673 2,300
Worked in state of residence 88.40% 86.80% 90.30%
Worked in county of residence 33.60% 36.40% 30.40%
Worked outside county of residence 54.70% 50.40% 59.80%
Worked outside state of residence 11.60% 13.20% 9.70%
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2009-2013 5-Year American Community Survey