Elizabeth City, North Carolina Population 2020

17,526

Elizabeth City is a city located in North Carolina. With a 2020 population of 17,526, it is the 55th largest city in North Carolina and the 2058th largest city in the United States. Elizabeth City is currently declining at a rate of -0.09% annually and its population has decreased by -6.19% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 18,683 in 2010. Elizabeth City reached it's highest population of 18,680 in 2010. Spanning over 12 miles, Elizabeth City has a population density of 1,499 people per square mile.

The average household income in Elizabeth City is $46,529 with a poverty rate of 24.65%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $822 per month, and the median house value is $127,200. The median age in Elizabeth City is 32.6 years, 31.3 years for males, and 34.1 years for females. For every 100 females there are 82.0 males.

Elizabeth City Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Elizabeth City was:

  • Black or African American: 49.10%
  • White: 45.18%
  • Two or more races: 3.41%
  • Asian: 1.14%
  • Other race: 0.77%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.33%
  • Native American: 0.08%
The current population of Elizabeth City, North Carolina is 17,526, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 17,558.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 18,683.

Elizabeth City, North Carolina Population 2020

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202064,3192740.43%
201964,0452740.43%
201863,7712740.43%
201763,4972560.40%
201663,241830.13%
201563,158-97-0.15%
201463,255-45-0.07%
201363,300-667-1.05%
201263,9671870.29%
201163,780-339-0.53%
201064,1190.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
Black or African American8,64349.10%
White7,95445.18%
Two or More Races6003.41%
Asian2001.14%
Some Other Race1350.77%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander580.33%
American Indian and Alaska Native140.08%

Elizabeth City Population Pyramid 2020

Elizabeth City Median Age

32.6


Total

31.3


Male

34.1


Female

Elizabeth City Adults

There are 13,332 adults, (2,666 of whom are seniors) in Elizabeth City.

Elizabeth City Age Dependency

65

Age Dependency Ratio

25

Old Age Dependency Ratio

40.1

Child Dependency Ratio

Elizabeth City Sex Ratio

Female

9,672

54.94%

Male

7,932

45.06%

Elizabeth City Households and Families

Elizabeth City Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Elizabeth City Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married58.9%41.1%
All40%60%
Male35.6%64.4%
Non Family31.9%68.1%
Female20%80%

40.0%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All6,6172.440
Non Family2,8051.231.9
Married2,4003.2258.9
Female1,0583.3520
Male3543.4735.6

3.22

Average Family Size

2.4

Average Household Size

6.3%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.3%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Elizabeth City Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade6275.78%
9th to 12th Grade9308.58%
High School Graduate3,18629.39%
Some College2,54723.50%
Associates Degree9869.10%
Bachelors Degree1,44713.35%
Graduate Degree1,11710.30%

Elizabeth City Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
Black5,0014,102948
White4,9674,5871,378
Hispanic59433585
Asian169158120
Multiple Races1319251
Other Race5943
Islander5858
Native American1455

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 71.01%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$30,343$34,265$25,591
Less Than High School$16,474$20,259$13,350
High School Grad$29,493$31,986$21,273
Some College$28,467$33,007$23,924
Bachelors Degree$30,472$36,063$27,241
Graduate Degree$41,265$60,104$37,890

$30,343

Average Earnings

$34,265

Average Male

$25,591

Average Female

Elizabeth City Language

Elizabeth City Language by Age

Elizabeth City Language

91.52% of Elizabeth City residents speak only English, while 8.48% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 6.58% of the population.

Elizabeth City Poverty

Elizabeth City Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black7,4362,06427.76%
White6,4951,03215.89%
Hispanic1,34966749.44%
Multiple54829954.56%
Other1353828.15%

24.65%

Overall Poverty Rate

21.57%

Male Poverty Rate

27.11%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Elizabeth City

The race most likely to be in poverty in Elizabeth City is Multiple, with 54.56% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Elizabeth City is White, with 15.89% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 6.32%. Among those working part-time, it was 25.48%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 34.47%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School40.27%
Some College21.15%
High School20.25%
Bachelors or Greater4.61%
Name Poverty
Male Unemployed75.00%
Female Unemployed36.86%
Female Employed14.12%
Male Employed8.88%

Elizabeth City Income

Elizabeth City Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$36,681$46,529
Families$48,709$59,689
Married Families$62,604-
Non Families$20,207$26,381

Elizabeth City Marital Status

Elizabeth City Marital Status

Marriage Rates

37.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

42.8%

Male Marriage Rate

33.7%

Female Marriage Rate

Elizabeth City Married by Age and Sex

Elizabeth City Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 45-54, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Elizabeth City Marital Status by Race

Elizabeth City Veterans

1,041

Number of Veterans

978

Male Veterans

63

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam388
Second Gulf War281
First Gulf War230
World War II34
Korea23
Age Group Veterans
65 to 74234
75+226
55 to 64220
35 to 54218
18 to 34143
Name Veterans % of Total
White75212.65%
Black2523.83%
Hispanic618.11%
2 or More2813.15%
Other97.56%

$Elizabeth City Veterans by Education

13.17%

Veteran Poverty Rate

26.93%

Veteran Disability Rate

Elizabeth City Employment Status

54%

Labor Force Participation

47.8%

Employment Rate

8.7%

Unemployment Rate

Elizabeth City Place of Birth

Origin of Non-Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

56.21%

Born in North Carolina

95.63%

Native Born

4.37%

Foreign Born

2.48%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

95.63% of Elizabeth City residents were born in the United States, with 56.21% having been born in North Carolina. 2.48% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202017,526-16-0.09%
201917,542-16-0.09%
201817,558480.27%
201717,510-16-0.09%
201617,526-139-0.79%
201517,665-67-0.38%
201417,732-144-0.81%
201317,876-513-2.79%
201218,389960.52%
201118,293-387-2.07%
201018,6801,4920.84%
200017,1882,8961.86%
199014,2922880.20%
198014,004-377-0.27%
197014,3813190.22%
196014,0621,3771.04%
195012,6851,1210.93%
194011,5641,5271.43%
193010,0371,1121.18%
19208,9255130.59%
19108,4122,0642.86%
19006,3483,0976.92%
18903,2510.00%