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Old 03-10-2011, 09:55 PM
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My husband and I are going to be transferring Elizabeth City, he's in the Coast Guard. We are in the process of looking for a place to live, I noticed there aren't many options in Elizabeth city, I also read that there is a high crime rate? I found out that it is very small with few options for entertainment and such, which is the best place to live with the most to do and the best neighborhoods? We aren't familiar with the area at all. I am wondering where the best place to live that is close to Elizabeth city? thank you!! =)
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Old 03-11-2011, 12:00 AM
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Yeah there's not a whole lot around there; it's very rural. Norfolk's just under an hour away if you're looking for stuff to do.
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Old 03-12-2011, 01:45 AM
Location: Nags Head,NC
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Most of the crime is in the city itself,where much of it is gang related.Stay on the outskirts and you'll be fine.
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Old 03-12-2011, 10:02 PM
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Thank you!!
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Old 03-21-2011, 05:37 PM
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I've lived in Elizabeth City all my life 45 years. Yes there are "bad" areas like any other place. Shopping here...Super Walmart .. Lowes..Roses..Southgate Mall(it's not all that great- Belks-JCPennys-Hallmark and a few other stores) CVS, WalGreens, Catos ,Dollar Tree, Office Max, 3 Dollar Generals, 2 Family Dollars, other local owned shops.
Eating.. Golden Corrall, Ruby Tuesdays, Apple Bees, Hardees(2), Burger King(2) McDonalds(3) Pizza Hut, Pizza Inn, Arbys, Little Cesars Pizza, Mexican Resturants and Chinese food, local owned resturants, lots of places to eat.
Groceries..Farm Fresh, Food Lion, Super WalMart
I have several Coast Guard friend a popular area is Mount Hermon area, lots of Coast Guard families rent there it's my neighborhood, rural section out skirt of town.
Things to do.. We have a movie theater a bowling alley a Parks and Rec. center. In my opinion theres not much for kids here. You pretty much have to be in school sports.
6 Elementary school, 2 middle schools, 2 high schools, 1 alterntive
1 private, several christian schools.
Hope this helps.
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Old 03-23-2011, 08:26 AM
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I am reposting some relocation material about Elizabeth City that I made to another person. Granted the person was a potential university employee, but the city information should still be highly relevant for anyone thinking about EC.

With the exception of UNC Wilmington, ECSU is the closest university to the coast. It is an HBCU, but academically ranks as the best of such in NC and has been a US News Best Public Liberal Arts College (Southern U.S.) in recent years incl. 2011, if I remember correctly. The school’s new ventures in the establishment of a Pharmacy School (in conjunction with UNC Chapel Hill) as well in having the UNC system's only aviation science program (in conjunction with the US Coast Guard contractor DRS Technologies) make this a small but robust school.

Due to its proximity to Kitty Hawk on the Outer Banks, Pasquotank county has always been a stronghold for aviation. The US Coast Guard Air Station complex is the largest in the country (and the world). Around the same time during WWII, the now long-decommissioned NAS Weeksville was established and was home to the world’s largest wooden structure until 1995 when a welder accidentally turned it into a freak fireball. However, its slightly smaller steel sister still exists, and is currently used by the private company TCOM for blimp servicing and construction. It is one of the few facilities in the world that is still equipped to perform such tasks. In addition to DRS, there are also other aviation-related contractors currently servicing the USCG base.

Elizabeth City itself is the right-sized community - approx. 22k in population, and is equidistant (45 min) to a large (2+million) metro area - Hampton Roads, VA as well as the resort area of the Outer Banks. Elizabeth City is also far enough from Hampton Roads to have a bustling commercial sector of its own as well as a small shopping mall (Belk, JCPenney and ~28 smaller shops). While most locals seem to deride Southgate Mall, I find it perfect for my interests. (And I am still in college though not in EC. It goes to show there is at least one 20-something who actually appreciates that we even have a mall. Many cities of comparable size do not.) While we could use a Target since Wal*Mart is the only discount retailer present, due to EC's relatively low average household income, it will never come here. But as I said, if shopping to you seems a bit sparse, VA is only 45 min away with five malls in South Hampton Roads alone. While the OBX lacks a mall of anybody’s definition, it does have a small Tangier Outlet shopping center in Nags Head.

In relocating to EC, one must remember that even though EC is considered the metropolis of the 16-county comprising northeastern NC, it still is NENC, meaning that it has historically been a largely agricultural region with little industry. In fact, driving through the 16-county Albemarle region, one will find little more than fields and swampland. A 1 and 1/2 hour drive is necessary to reach the next city of equal or larger size within NC. While EC used to have many industries from the late 1800s through the 1950s, little remains now. Despite EC being significantly better off than most of NENC with the exception of Currituck and Dare counties (comprising the OBX), it still would rank economically below most NC metro areas of comparable size. The economy of EC and Pasquotank county are largely buoyed by the USCG base, ECSU, the school system and the local hospital. The crime rate does not seem to be any higher than other cities of comparable size, and elevated rates are usually confined to the shoddy parts of town. Many times, the criminals are actually from nearby VA.

Large sections of the city, especially north and northwest of downtown as well as south and southwest of downtown are downtrodden, but the Riverside area (southeast of downtown) as well as the neighborhoods along Church and Main Streets (both extending west of downtown) are higher-class and are Historic Districts as well. But as I mentioned, most newcomers do tend to opt for lower prices just outside the city, especially to the south where there are some relatively new (within last 5-15 years) neighborhoods about 2-3 miles from town. Queenswood (started c. 2003-4?) about 3 miles south on Body Road from Halstead Blvd. (NC 344) and Peartree Place (started c. 1996-98?) is about 2.5-3 miles south on Peartree Road from NC 344. There are also new developments (c. 2009, 2011) that have or are currently popping up along NC 344 in the vicinity of the US 17 Bypass interchange (around the Wal*Mart supercenter).

Because the city purchases electricity through NC Electricities, the costs are much higher due to the agency's blotched stake in the Shearon Harris Nuclear Plant near Raleigh during the last energy crisis in the late 1980s. When construction overruns caused only one out of four reactors to be built, well, the various member municipalities were stuck with the debt, at least until 2015. Electricity is much cheaper outside the city limits in Pasquotank county, where it is served either by Dominion Virginia Power or Albemarle EMC. There are natural gas pipelines (via Piedmont Natural Gas) available in parts of the county, but most areas outside the city, especially away from US 17 may need to rely on local LP providers such as Albemarle Propane. High-speed internet and cable are available through Time Warner, who have an office off US 17. Embarq (formerly Sprint) is the local telephone provider and cell providers AT&T, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular all seem to have excellent coverage in the area. Water is provided either by the city, Pasquotank County Water System, or in bordering areas, South Mills Water Association in northern Pasquotank, or Intercounty Water if you are in the Woodville area near the Perquimans border.

The school system is OK (yeah, I'm a product of ECPPS), but systems in neighboring Camden and Currituck counties rank higher academically. While these two counties are in closer proximity to both VA and the OBX, they have fewer amenities and activities, especially (in Dare's case) in the tourist off-season. Pasquotank county includes city and county parks, including one built over a former landfill humorously named “Fun Junkion”. The city also operates a senior center and golf course. Private diversions include at least two golf courses, a bowling alley, private gyms and fitness centers, 2-screen cinema and until summer 2010, a dinner cinema downtown. The local arts council is dynamic, housing an art gallery and a theatre, of which productions can also be found in the Fine Arts Complex of ECSU as well as at the College of the Albemarle, the first CC established in NC. There is also a small Christian college near downtown that is affiliated with the Church of Christ denomination.

For its size, Elizabeth City is home to a vast assortment of restaurants. Anything you can think of, it’s likely to be here, be it Steakhouse to Seafood, Chinese to Japanese to Mexican, even Jamaican! Some of the finer establishments are located downtown, including the city’s only semi-nightclub, a few bars as well as some excellent restaurants. There is an adequate selection of grocery stores in EC - three Food Lions, Wal*Mart, Farm Fresh (a VA subsidiary of MN-based SuperValu), an organic store, the public Farmer’s Market as well as a few area farm stands (in season). If you’re from Charlotte, the Triad or the Triangle, sorry - no Harris Teeters, Bloom or Lowes Foods here, although there are two HTs on the OBX.

Healthcare is provided by Albemarle Hospital, a non-profit regional medical center owned by Pasquotank county and affiliated with University Health Systems of Greenville. UHS is itself affiliated with the Brody School of Medicine of East Carolina University. The nearest trauma level facility is 45 min north at Sentara Norfolk General. EC is fortunate to have not only a large number of local GPs and specialists, but those from the Hampton Roads metro as well.

Pasquotank is also safer from the threat of hurricanes, of which are a menace to the region, with about one or two direct hits to the area every year or so. While the OBX is often evacuated on approach of a hurricane, Pasquotank and the neighboring inland counties rarely (and in my lifetime at least) have never issued a full-scale evacuation.

While the city statistically sits only 12 feet above sea level, it is not unusual for parts of the city to get swamped in a storm. It is no coincidence that Water Street (paralleling the Pasquotank River downtown) sometimes gets to live up to its name. The city’s original boundaries (basically today’s downtown CBD) bordered the Pasquotank River to the east, with two creeks to the north and south. Though once dredged into canals for shipping, the creeks still remain in culverted form on the south boundary and beneath the soon-to-be overhauled wooden pilings of US 158 on the north. While proximity to water was essential for commerce back in the day, the city’s location on a web of wetlands and creeks make for a number of low-lying spots. Drainage outside the city limits is often much better, not only on slightly higher elevation, but also having had the benefit of being drained and farmed for decades. There are a number of good homesites especially south of town, as long as you do not relocate to the southern 1/4 of the county in the township of Weeksville, of which is entirely blotched in bloody red on FEMA maps. The same goes for parts of northern Pasquotank adjacent to the Great Dismal Swamp, which by the way is the largest cypress swamp left outside of Florida. The Dismal Swamp Canal is the oldest still-operational canal in the U.S., with its survey and construction overseen by George Washington himself. While in its heyday used for commercial shipping, its relatively narrow and shallow disposition (by modern standards), today make it a well-traveled route for pleasure boaters traversing between the Northeast and Florida. Over the decades, the city's location and friendly citizens have earned the city the now-trademarked nickname "The Harbor of Hospitality", where a welcoming committee occasionally greets boaters with food and drink.

All in all, Pasquotank County is a wonderful choice to live in. If you want to get to know the area better, I suggest using a weekend to take a closer look. There are a few excellent B&Bs in the Historic Districts of Main/Church and Riverside, as well as a charming one on the edge of the Downtown CBD, where a number of good restaurants are easily within walking distance. You can find out more on these B&Bs as well as local motels on TripAdvisor, an excellent customer review site, of which I even have posted many myself under "ec_globetrotter". As TA will say, the best accommodations aside from the B&Bs is the Fairfield Inn Marriott on NC 344, between US 17 Bypass and mainline US 17 on the way toward Business 17 which leads towards downtown.

I hope I've been helpful and feel free to double check some of the facts - I may have exaggerated on some of the information, but that's only because I love my hometown! Good luck in your relocation search!
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Old 03-28-2011, 08:43 AM
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Thank you!!!
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Old 03-28-2011, 09:19 AM
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Look Elizabeth City up at the forum in the "search threads" box, and quite a few posts will show up and will give you further insight into various areas in ECity. Actually, while it is small and VERY Southern, it's actually a pretty river town with lots of trees, and W Church Street and W Main Street have some really neat old two-story Victorians and dogwoods in spring are stunning along there. Riverside is a somewhat more modern neighborhood, has both Colonial two-stories and ranches and then bungalows, the area continues on over to Weeksville Road where the USCG base is located. Out there are a number of small to medium-sized suburbs that are plenty modern and crime-free, where many CG people live.

And the town is crazy about the Outer Banks beaches, just over an hour's drive from ECity, many generations of families have cottages out there, people go for day trips in the summer all the time, altho renting an oceanside cottage for a couple weeks (book way ahead) is the way to do it. Nags Head has neat shopping places, really fun giant sanddunes with 360-degree views called Jockey's Ridge where people windglide right off the tops and lessons are provided by a shop right across the street.

Many people in ECity go to Norfolk VA or Greenville NC to buy fancy clothes. And if you like boating at all, folks waterski on the Pasquotank River in ECity a lot, a regatta is held yearly, lots of sailboats parked along the waterfront belong to locals. Eat at Grouper's at sundown, it's right on the river downtown, has a deck floating over the water. And lots of farms let people keep horses if you enjoy that, MANY long and rural dirt roads to go riding. ECity really gets into the award-winning high school band parades, lots of them during the fall football season, right straight down the town Main Street, fun to watch on a coolish evening, since most of the time ECity is quite hot in the daytime, which accounts for the slow Southern accents you hear.

On the negative, which not everybody thinks so, ECity is conservative, small, church life is important with one on every corner downtown, and shopping is basic, hospital is small but handles nearly all sorts of medical issues and emergencies (but you'll use the CG clinic), just a handful of restaurants, but it is important to value the small town Southern life while you are fortunate to experience it, go slow, grow a garden, share time with CG activities and friends.
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Old 08-27-2011, 09:44 AM
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Hi I'm moving to EC job related and I'm looking for nice apartment or condos or town homes in good area I don't mind driving into the town not a hour drive I like the country.
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