Exploring the 252: Welcome to Elizabeth City, NC

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You’ve finally gotten your orders, and surprise: you’re transferring to Elizabeth City, NC!

Elizabeth City? Is there anything even down there, besides farms? How far away are we going to be from the nearest city?

Here at PCSMoves.com, we have a series of posts about potential new duty stations and how to get your family situated. We’re covering different areas, served by the nationwide network of real estate professionals that make up PCSMoves.com. Click here to read our last post about Silver Spring, MD.

Elizabeth City is in Pasquotank County, in northeastern North Carolina. The 2014 census reported its population as 18,047. It’s home to the largest Coast Guard Air Station in the nation. It’s 40-50 miles south of Hampton Roads, VA and home to Elizabeth City State University.

Check out the list of reasons why Elizabeth City residents enjoy an excellent quality of life, according to Livability.com.

Commissioned in 1940, the Elizabeth City base is home to 7 commands with 100 buildings on 880 acres. C-130 airplanes and HH-60 helicopters with renowned rescue swimmers launch from Elizabeth City to conduct search-and-rescue missions along the Atlantic seaboard. The base employs 855 active-duty military, 615 civilians and 650 contract workers, according to base statistics.

Staying at a hotel can take off some of the pressure you might be feeling while looking for a place to live.  If you’re moving to Elizabeth City without a place to live, check out any of the hotels or motels in that area. However, there aren’t any Navy Lodges in Elizabeth City. The closest ones are located 50-60 miles away, in Norfolk and Virginia Beach, VA.

The Elizabeth City Coast Guard Support Center may have temporary lodging trailers, located on the Albemarle Sound, a half-mile from the beach. Lodging consists of 4 three-bedroom, two-bath units, 2 two-bedroom two-bath units, 3 one-bedroom cabins, and 14 full RV hook-up sites, all near the beach, boat ramp, gas, picnic area, playgrounds, fitness trail, and Coast Guard Exchange (CGX). Pets are allowed on-leash at the RV sites but not in the rental cabins or mobile homes. Call the MWR Office, at 252-335-6482, for availability and more information. 

If you’ve made a PCS move with a military pack out, a bonus is not worrying about storing your personal belongings while you’re looking for a place to live. Your household belongings may take longer to get to you, but your items can be stored for you if they arrive while you’re still looking for housing.

If you decide to rent a home, the median rent price in Elizabeth City is $1,073, with apartment rentals having a median price of $811.

Should you decide to buy a home, the average price of a home in Elizabeth City is $179,000, according to Zillow. Throughout the rest of North Carolina, the average home price is slightly lower, at $153,600.

If you’re interested in close and convenient health care, The Stephen Pugh Memorial Clinic maintains on-call services 24 hours a day to address urgent care needs for active-duty personnel. The clinic is closed on Wednesdays.

There’s also the Wings of Faith Aviation Memorial Chapel, for spiritual needs, located at 1664 Weeksville Road in Elizabeth City. It’s an interdenominational Christian chapel, serving primarily active and retired military personnel and their families. Civilians are also encouraged to attend. They welcome all people who wish to worship, regardless of religious background. 

But your new life in North Carolina can’t revolve around what’s on-base! Get out and take a road trip! Elizabeth City is only 1 hour and 15 minutes away from Nags Head. Within that short distance comes a variety of restaurants and beaches you’ll want to check out. Pizzazz Pizza would be right on your way, on South Croatan Highway. You’ll want to try their California White pizza or their oven roasted Buffalo chicken wings. In fact, order extra and take it home with you!

If you have children in need of care, check out the NC Division of Child Development and Early Education or the Child Care Aware Resource & Referral page, listing more than 400 childcare agencies across the United States.

If you’re still looking for more of what Silver Spring is like, follow PCSMoves on Pinterest to check out our “How To PCS Like A Pro” and our “Life in Elizabeth City, NC” boards.

Where has been your favorite place to live? Share with us in the comments! Thinking about looking for a new home because of a PCS move? Start your search with us!

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