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Kinston, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of Kinston had a population of 21,820 as of July 1, 2016. Kinston ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in North Carolina. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Kinston is located at latitude 35.2751 and longitude -77.5934 in Lenoir County. The formal boundaries for the City of Kinston (see map below) encompass a land area of 18.35 sq. miles and a water area of 0.18 sq. miles. Lenoir County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 43 feet.

The City of Kinston (GNIS ID: 2404838) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Kinston is located within Township of Kinston, a minor civil division (MCD) of Lenoir County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Kinston population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Kinston: Atkins Bank, Caswell.

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Kinston, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 21,820
Population in Households 20,966
Population in Familes 16,009
Population in Group Qrtrs 854
Population Density1 1,189
Diversity Index2 50


Total Households 9,354
Average Household Size 2.24
Family Households 5,437
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 10,884 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,252 (39.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 5,102 (46.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,530 (14.1%)
Median Home Value $106,130
Average Home Value $130,569


Median Household Income $28,159
Average Household Income $41,943
Per Capita Income $18,780
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.11% -0.03%
Households -0.02% -0.11%
Families -0.17% -0.22%
Median Household Income   0.83%
Per Capita Income   1.4%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Kinston, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Kinston to the other 739 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 42 94th
Population Density1 # 166 78th
Diversity Index2 # 341 54th
Median Household Income # 658 11th
Per Capita Income # 549 26th

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