Elizabeth City

Elizabeth City




My family is planning to relocate to NC in the very near future. We would like to be close to OBX, but have decided that we may better job/home wise to relocate to a nearby town/city. We have 3 children (15, 8, 7); so schools, crime, etc. is very important to us as we go through the search and decision making process. Can anyone provide me with some information on Elizabeth City, or another suggestion? (I know this is a million dollar question and I have read many threads in the OBXConnection, thanks in advance!)



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I think Edenton might be another one to research, I've heard good things about it.


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Okay here's a local residents opinion. Not Elizabeth City unless there was a connection in that area for employment, relatives etc. If you say you wanted to be near the Outer Banks, near being the key, but very subjective word I would be more apt to choose Currituck County. Much better schools, and I would like to say a lot less crime. Now how far away do you want to be eg. 1 hour, 2 hours. I'm assuming you are not in need of a daily, weekly dose of sand and salt water. Edenton would be a choice, very nice town but almost 2 hours from the beach. I can't begin to cover all the things going through my mind like employment opportunities, land/home values, rural/town environment, cultural/social activities, medical services and on and on. I would lean toward the children's education and of course employment opportunities. Fortunately or Unfortunately, I keep coming back to Dare County. The best schools by far in the area. Highest cost of living and Employment is a very big ????????????. Please ask more questions.


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The Coast Guard has a large presence in Elizabeth City and I'm sure there are some good schools and subdivisions but most of the people stationed there choose to live in Chesapeake Va and commute.


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Raleigh,/Durham area may be farther away from OBX then you want, but
It is a progressive area for jobs ,schools, housing and is convenient to shopping, entertainment, medical facilities and is a
growing family area.


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You might as well relocate to Chesapeake. It is just an extra 15 minutes


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I think Edenton might be another one to research, I've heard good things about it.

junepath


Edenton is a fine place to visit for a day, but it is a very aged community and housing is often historic and expensive. The town shutters up in the evening.
Elizabeth City is getting more "urban" each year. A fine town, nice to visit, but I wouldn't have school age kids there.
Agree with Pickle (currytuck mainland) and bobbyg (chesapeake), easy drive to the beach, more variety of job opportunities.



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My family is planning to relocate to NC in the very near future. We would like to be close to OBX, but have decided that we may better job/home wise to relocate to a nearby town/city. We have 3 children (15, 8, 7); so schools, crime, etc. is very important to us as we go through the search and decision making process. Can anyone provide me with some information on Elizabeth City, or another suggestion? (I know this is a million dollar question and I have read many threads in the OBXConnection, thanks in advance!)

jwimer


Chesapeake has good schools. One of my friends teaches for the city and has good things to say. You haven't mentioned jobs but there's many more options up that way. Housing is reasonably affordable as well. You're still close enough to daytrip down to OBX.

Elizabeth City is a typical Eastern NC town, with its share of charming areas, areas you'd definitely want to avoid, and everything in between. I'd suggest visiting areas and seeing what's a good fit.


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Best city to city comparison website I can find. And the winner is.....Chesapeake!
http://www.bestplaces.net/

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I really thought the original post was relocating to NC, near the Outer Banks. I guess the word near has many definitions. In addition there is a strong response criteria citing employment, services and a more developed city or large suburban locality. I guess my love for the Outer Banks of NC and my retirement status has more weight than criteria for a working family with small children. To me, if the Outer Banks appeals to you for "Some" reason then there are very few choices other than actually on the Outer Banks. Chesapeake and Elizabeth City is really not near. Good Luck in your search.


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I really thought the original post was relocating to NC, near the Outer Banks. I guess the word near has many definitions. In addition there is a strong response criteria citing employment, services and a more developed city or large suburban locality. I guess my love for the Outer Banks of NC and my retirement status has more weight than criteria for a working family with small children. To me, if the Outer Banks appeals to you for "Some" reason then there are very few choices other than actually on the Outer Banks. Chesapeake and Elizabeth City is really not near. Good Luck in your search.

Pickle


I think it depends on where the OP lives now. For me, living in Raleigh/Durham would be a LOT closer than where we live now, and would offer us great employment opportunities. But weekend trips to the beach would be very doable. If you already live in Raleigh/Durham, and want to be closer to the Outer Banks, well then it makes sense to try to move to the actual Banks.




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Edenton is a fine place to visit for a day, but it is a very aged community and housing is often historic and expensive. The town shutters up in the evening.

hatterasnc


Well now *I* am sold on Edenton. (I'm an 80 year old in a 35 year old body I swear)


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I really thought the original post was relocating to NC, near the Outer Banks. I guess the word near has many definitions. In addition there is a strong response criteria citing employment, services and a more developed city or large suburban locality. I guess my love for the Outer Banks of NC and my retirement status has more weight than criteria for a working family with small children. To me, if the Outer Banks appeals to you for "Some" reason then there are very few choices other than actually on the Outer Banks. Chesapeake and Elizabeth City is really not near. Good Luck in your search.

Pickle


From reading the OP, it seems the poster already ruled out the actual Outer Banks. If the job living situation doesn't work for them on the Banks, then the next closest area with a decent standard of living is Chesapeake. Everything in between is going to be short on jobs and quality of life, in comparison. There's not much east of the I-95/I-40 corridor in NC, and most of it is farther away than the lower Tidewater area of VA.


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Anyone of reasonable intelligence can pull up a wiki on EC demographics. ;-/


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I have reasonable intelligence. Theeth smiley

zipwho.com/?zip=27909&mode=zip


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Here's the site I like to learn about a city.

http://www.usa.com/

For example ...Where we lived in NJ: av. 29" snow/yr.

Here: 65". Theeth smiley


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We are relocating from WV. Near for us would be around an hour out for a day trip. We are used to traveling an hour+ just to get to a decent grocery store and medical services. We live in an area that is mostly elderly and there are few opportunities or activities for children. Basically, nearly anywhere is probably an improvement and really couldn't be much worse.

Kitty Hawk/Kill Devil Hills is where we would love to be, but realize that depends on finding housing and year round jobs due to the higher cost of living.

I asked in this forum as I would rather hear the good, bad, or ugly from residents rather than researching online and trying to figure out if the information is accurate or just what the writer wants you to hear. I want more than just demographic information, and anyone with reasonable intelligence knows that wiki is not always a reliable and accurate resource.





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I know of a family who moved from WV to Moyock, NC, and they love it. Still 45 minutes or so from the Outer Bans beach area, but near enough for day trips. I don't know anything about the schools they attend, though. They have two teenagers.


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Ask for private messages and you might get more of the good. bad and ugly.



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Tim excellent suggestion. The way I see it job opportunities would probably Trump schools.


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I agree that Moyock would be a good suggestion for consideration. It’s an easy drive into Kitty Hawk on non-rental high season turnover days for dining and beach activities and would make for an easier commute into Norfolk, Chesapeake area job opportunities and medical facilities. There is quite a bit of new home building going on and plans for community expansion. There is some shopping, public library and a short drive to the Currituck YMCA. Currituck County High School or the J.P. Knapp Early College High School offer the older children options. Sure Dare Co. schools have better ratings, but we all know that children thrive with the help of supportive active parents and educators. I personally know some exceptional Currituck County teachers and administrators.
Good luck with your search.



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Edenton is a fine place to visit for a day, but it is a very aged community and housing is often historic and expensive. The town shutters up in the evening.

hatterasnc


Well now *I* am sold on Edenton. (I'm an 80 year old in a 35 year old body I swear)

junepath


LOL..I really am too!

30 years ago I visited Edenton with the Navy Brass Quintet and never forgot that cool little town next to the Albemarle Sound. Now a few years from retirement, Edenton is on top of my list of spots to retire to. A lot can happen in three years so I'm not buying a house quite yet but it's a possibility.


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I lived in Moyock and loved it. At the time, I worked and Camden (east of EC), but ventured into EC regularly. There are very few spots in EC you could convince me to reside. Moyock was pretty great, not a bad commute to EC, or Hampton roads, and usually an easy drive to the Outer Banks. Over the years we were spending more time and money driving to the beach than it was worth so we moved here. Camden seems a lot more low key than EC, more family oriented neighborhoods, etc. Just my 2 cents. Good luck!

Beer


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We are relocating from WV. Near for us would be around an hour out for a day trip. We are used to traveling an hour+ just to get to a decent grocery store and medical services. We live in an area that is mostly elderly and there are few opportunities or activities for children. Basically, nearly anywhere is probably an improvement and really couldn't be much worse.

Kitty Hawk/Kill Devil Hills is where we would love to be, but realize that depends on finding housing and year round jobs due to the higher cost of living.

I asked in this forum as I would rather hear the good, bad, or ugly from residents rather than researching online and trying to figure out if the information is accurate or just what the writer wants you to hear. I want more than just demographic information, and anyone with reasonable intelligence knows that wiki is not always a reliable and accurate resource.


jwimer


I don't think you're going to get much first hand knowledge of living in Elizabeth City here. You are going to get the perception from folks who live/vacation on the Outer Banks and pass through EC for business, doctors appointments, etc. I think the reason people are telling you to look at demographic information on EC is because according to census data 28% of the population lives below the poverty level, compared to 8% in Dare county. That might not be significant depending on what part of WV you're from, but it is noticeable if you're comparing the Outer Banks with EC. Since others seem to be hinting at it, I'll go ahead and mention that if you are of Caucasian descent, you are in the minority in Elizabeth City (40%). I expect that's very noticeable to white folks from Dare County, who comprise 92% of the county's population.

EC gets its fair share of ribbing here on the board but I think it's actually a nice town. It has a quaint downtown that's seen various attempts at revitalization along with a waterfront and plenty of beautiful older restored homes. Like many areas with poverty and unemployment, it has its share a drugs, crime and bad neighborhoods. I don't think that's unique to EC. The Coast Guard is a major employer, along with the associated industry supporting the base. You didn't mention what sort of jobs you're looking for, but there is more year-round full-time employment in EC than on the Outer Banks. I will mention that many of the folks who do changeover day house keeping on the Outer Banks come from EC and surrounding areas, mostly for extra income since it's one or two days a week, mostly in the summer.

Like I said, the best way to tell whether it's somewhere you'd like to live is to go for a visit and stay a few days. Visit the schools your kids would be attending, walk some neighborhoods, get a feel for the town and surrounding areas.


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Those using code words to describe Elizabeth City should come right out and say it. It’s all approved by the Supreme Leader

MikeW


MikeW - if you are referring to my post, I resent it and strongly disagree with you bringing your hate and bias here. I recognize you are not a happy person here in 2018, but I will not stand for your crap. Proudly flagged and reported your post. Good luck and be as well, or as miserable, as you choose.

As for my comments regarding EC, to all others: accept them or reject them as you see fit. It is my opinion that it is a nice place to visit but you wouldnt want to live there (maybe outside town, and C&H Oyster Bar is great!) and quality of life is important to know about where you may choose to live.