Quality Of Life

  • 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.