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Kinston, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of Kinston had a population of 21,407 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Kinston: Atkins Bank, Caswell.

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Kinston, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 21,407
Daytime Population: Workers 16,202
Daytime Population: Residents 13,613
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 29,815
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.39
Population in Households 20,573
Population in Familes 15,666
Population in Group Qrtrs 834
Population Density2 1,167
Diversity Index3 50


Median Household Income $28,843
Average Household Income $44,215
Per Capita Income $19,687


Total Housing Units 10,906 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,095 (37.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 5,052 (46.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,758 (16.1%)
Median Home Value $108,256
Average Home Value $133,877


Total Households 9,148
Average Household Size 2.25
Family Households 5,298
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population -0.17% -0.29%
Households -0.32% -0.41%
Families -0.5% -0.53%
Median Household Income   0.8%
Per Capita Income   2.56%

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, 2017 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 Density # 172 77th
Diversity Index # 337 55th
Median Household Income # 664 10th
Per Capita Income # 532 28th

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