Introduction to Kinston, North Carolina

Kinston, North Carolina, in Lenoir county, is 26 miles SW of Greenville, North Carolina (center to center) and 69 miles SE of Raleigh, North Carolina.

Kinston History

Before the present day Kinston was established, the area was called Atkins Bank in reference to a bluff immediately above the Neuse River that was once owned by Robert Atkins. The area was inhabited by Neusiok Indians before the English settlers came. Kinston was formally established by the North Carolina General Assembly in December, 1762. It was named Kingston to honor King George III. However, after the American Revolution, it was renamed Kinston in 1784 to reflect the population's distaste for royalty.

Kinston and nearby Attractions

  • Neuseway Nature Park
  • Bill Fay Memorial Park
  • Caswell Center Museum
  • Fire Station Museum
  • Kinston Country Club

Things To Do In Kinston

The Kinston and Lenoir County Parks & Recreation Department manages approximately 11 parks that regularly organize programs for adults and children. The programs include golf and tennis classes, basketball, football, baseball, soccer, drama, arts and crafts, swimming, and summer day camp programs. Emma Webb Park and Holloway Recreation Center have two public outdoor pools. Some of the exciting, annual, local festivals include the Festival on the Neuse, Lenoir County Fair, and Winter Bluegrass Festival.

Kinston Transportation

Raleigh-Durham International Airport provides air transportation.

Kinston Higher Education

Higher education can be availed locally at Lenoir Community College. Other colleges in the neighborhood include Pitt Community College and East Carolina University.


Total Population 21,540
Male Share of the Population 45.9%
Female Share of the Population 54.1%
Senior Citizens 18.8%
Employed Population 16+ 7,510
Age of the Population 43


% of people married 35.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.8%
Median Earnings25+ $23,804
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $13,021
Median Earnings With High School Degree $21,633


Median Family Income $37,968
% Above Poverty Level 66.9%
% Below Poverty Level 33.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 2.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.5%
% Using Public Transportation 2%


People Living Alone 37.1%
Median Gross Rent $650
Median House Value $102,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 53.8%
US/American 0%
English 8.1%
Irish 2.7%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Kinston Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 26 miles SW of Greenville, North Carolina (center to center)
Nearest Large City 69 miles SE of Raleigh, North Carolina
County Lenoir
Standard Zip Codes 28501, 28504
P.O. Box Zip Codes 28502, 28503
Phone Area Codes 252
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.262
Longitude -77.581

Kinston Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station KINSTON 5 SE
Distance 4.2 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 52 F
Apr Temp 47 to 72 F
Jul Temp 69 to 89 F
Oct Temp 48 to 73 F
Annual Precip 51.1 inches
Distance 22.5 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 54 F
Apr Temp 50 to 75 F
Jul Temp 71 to 91 F
Oct Temp 51 to 75 F
Annual Precip 49.8 inches
Distance 33.7 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 57 F
Apr Temp 48 to 76 F
Jul Temp 70 to 90 F
Oct Temp 51 to 76 F
Annual Precip 56.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Dover 284 $44,375
Grifton 2,576 $37,356
Hookerton 318 $64,250
La Grange 2,842 $38,500
Snow Hill 1,847 $41,875

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Kinston Public Libraries

Neuse Regional Library
Kinston, North Carolina
(252) 527-8220
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Kinston Hospitals

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(252) 522-7000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 1,102 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.7

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Serves 116 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.6

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Serves 39 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 3.5

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