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Kinston, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of Kinston had a population of 20,868 as of July 1, 2020. 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 35.2627 and longitude -77.5816 in Lenoir County. The formal boundaries for the City of Kinston 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Kinston: Atkins Bank, Caswell.

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Kinston, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)

POPULATION

Total Population 20,868 (100%)
Population in Households 20,078 (96.2%)
Population in Families 15,271 (73.2%)
Population in Group Quarters1 790 ( 3.8%)
Population Density 1,135
Diversity Index2 50
 
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $31,466
Average Household Income $48,496
% of Income for Mortgage4 15%
Per Capita Income $20,977
Wealth Index5 50
 

HOUSING

Total HU (Housing Units) 10,859 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,034 (37.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 4,975 (45.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,850 (17.0%)
Median Home Value $110,740
Average Home Value $148,295
Housing Affordability Index3 156
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 9,009
Average Household Size 2.23
Family Households 5,208
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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 races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2020 2020-2025
Population -0.37% -0.49%
Households -0.38% -0.53%
Families -0.52% -0.62%
Median Household Income   0.9%
Per Capita Income   1.5%
Owner Occupied HU   -0.74%

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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, 2020 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 # 46 94th
Population Density # 178 76th
Median Household Income # 673 9th
Housing Affordability Index # 179 24th
Per Capita Income # 547 26th
Diversity Index # 364 51st

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