Elizabeth City is featured in the book The 100 Best Small Towns in America by Norman Crampton.
Elizabeth City is ranked by Money Magazine as one of the “Best Places to Live on the Coast.”
Elizabeth City has been cited as one of the top three best retirement towns by Retirement Lifestyles in the Carolinas magazine.
Elizabeth City is known as the “Harbor of Hospitality®” for the tradition of handing roses out to visiting boaters.
Elizabeth City has twelve acres of waterfront parks.
Educational, recreational, and cultural opportunities abound.
The variety of water recreation includes boating, fishing, diving, surfing, and swimming.
Elizabeth City is the home of Sentara Albemarle Medical Center, a regional community hospital with exceptional resources that employs over 1,000.
The area is just a few hours’ drive from some of the best medical universities in the country: Duke University, East Carolina University Medical School, the Medical College of Virginia, and Eastern Virginia Medical School.
Elizabeth City’s climate is mild and comfortable with an average temperature of 42° F in January and 79° F in July. An average of only 4.6 inches of snow fall per year.
The population includes more Coast Guard retirees per capita than anywhere in the country.