USCG Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Ok, so, No...the picture above is not a picture of the base. But, it is the oldest house in E-City. Elizabeth City is the place where all of the Coast Guard Aviation training takes place, and Chris has already been there for a few months and knows the ins & outs of the city. Although they seem to spend most of their weekend time off in Virginia, E-City seems like a lovely town to raise a family in. It is a small, quaint town but has all of the necessities...Starbucks, Walmart, University, Mexican Food...all the necessities. Within an hour drive you can be in Norfolk, Virgina which is the local "Big City." In Norfolk they have a large mall, nightlife, and just about anything else you could need. If you drive 3 hours north you come to Washington DC.
The cost of living in E-City is low, and therefore we could possibly buy a house. We could probably even have money left over to put away!!
Concerns: Well, if there is ever a desire to possibly train future ASTs, then we will be returning to E-City because this is where the school is located. As in many cities, crime is also a factor...as we were leaving town the headline of the front page of the daily newspaper said "Gang members Expanded to 200 Members." And, although coming from LA where gang members practically are running the city, to see it on the front page is somewhat disturbing.
- Listed as one of the "100 Best Towns in America"
- Beautiful Town
- Slower pace of life...much slower than California
- Southern Hospitality
- Lower Cost of Living - we could buy a house
- Virgina is nearby - I could get a job
E-City State University is SUPER CLOSE, so I can go back to school
- Fewer Illegal Immigrants than in Southern California
- Sweet Tea
- Southern Accents
- Far away from Family & Friends
- New town, new people
- Large Air station
- Could possibly get stationed to an airplane
ABOUT AIR STATION:
Air Station Elizabeth City was commissioned on August 15, 1940 with four officers, 52 enlisted men and ten aircraft including three Hall PH-2 seaplanes, four Fairchild J2K landplanes, and three Grumman J2F amphibians. Located sixty miles north of Cape Hatteras, N.C., north of Albemarle Sound and along the east coast's northern most ice-free river, the old Holowell Plantation near Elizabeth City was selected by the Coast Guard in 1938 for its potential strategic value as a seaplane base.
During World War II, the air station was under U. S. Navy control conducting Search and Rescue (SAR), anti-submarine and training missions. Since then the air station's missions and assigned aircraft have shifted and grown with changing national priorities and technologies. In 1966 Air Station Elizabeth City expanded after absorbing the air stations in Bermuda and Argentina, Newfoundland.
In addition to the air station, Elizabeth City's Coast Guard complex includes the Aircraft Repair and Supply Center (AR&SC), Aviation Technical Training Center (ATTC), Support Center and Station Elizabeth City.
- Since 1995 the Air Station has averaged over 360 search and rescue missions each year. In the last 60 years the Air Station has launched on over 20,000 missions, day and night, fair weather or foul, to rescue or assist over 10,000 people. In December 2000, two Jayhawk helicopters and a C-130 Hercules crew flew through a raging winter storm to save 34 lives off of the sinking cruise ship, Sea Breeze. In September 1999, the Air Station rescued 463 people on one SAR case during the Hurricane Floyd flood. In November 1998, Jayhawk helicopter crews, now shipboard qualified, made a rescue 250 miles beyond Bermuda.
Basic Housing Allowance (BAH) - E4, with dependents
- $ 1170.00
ABOUT ELIZABETH CITY:
The book The 100 Best Small Towns in America by Norm Crampton lists Elizabeth City at 65th. The book is published by Macmillan General Reference, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc. "The best scores went to towns that ranked lowest in crime and highest in these categories: growth, per-capita income, per capita bank deposits, proportion of young adults, number of physicians, public school expenditure per pupil and proportion of college-educated residents."
Located where the narrows of the Pasquotank River open up and the river begins widening out on its course to the Albemarle Sound, Elizabeth City is the economic and commercial hub of the northeastern North Carolina mainland. Although it was founded in 1793, it did not take on economic importance until the Dismal Swamp Canal was completed in 1805. The Canal linked the sounds and rivers of northeastern North Carolina with the port of Norfolk, allowing area planters and lumber companies a safe and quick method of transporting their goods to market.
Today, the Canal is a means of transportation for thousands of pleasure boaters on the Intracoastal Waterway, and Elizabeth City has become a favorite stop. The town's waterfront has experienced a revitalization that includes new docks and boat facilities, shops, and most recently, the Museum of the Albemarle's new facility. The Museum interprets over 400 years of local history and is a wonderful introduction to the heritage of the region.
The United States Coast Guard operates training and rescue facility here that has been the focus of many daring rescues by sea and by air. Rescue teams from the station have been featured in the national spotlight on many occasions, including several daring rescues during the famous ''Perfect Storm'' of 1991.
- Population: 19,056
- 39.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents
- 56.6% for Black residents
- 1.5% for Hispanic Residents
- % of Residents Living in Poverty (2005): 25.1%
- Violent Crime is 1.45 times the National Average
- Property Crime is 1.31 times the National Average
- Estimated Household Income (2005): $23,800
- Estimated Median Property Value (2005): $80,300
- Estimated Rent (2005): $500 - $700
- LOCAL USCG SITE: http://www.uscg.mil/d5/airstation/ecity/
- LOCAL CITY SITE: http://www.cityofec.com/
- US CENSUS BUREAU: http://censtats.census.gov/data/NC/1603720580.pdf
- CRIME: http://www.cityrating.com/citycrime.asp?city=Elizabeth+City&state=NC
- REAL ESTATE: http://www.city-data.com/city/Elizabeth-City-North-Carolina.html
- WEATHER: http://www.weather.com/weather/wxclimatology/monthly/graph/USNC0204?from=search