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Overview

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population21,393
Male Share of the Population47%
Female Share of the Population53%
Senior Citizens19.7%
Employed Population 16+7,612
Age of the Population44

Families

% of people married36.8%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher16.7%
Median Earnings25+$25,142
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$14,264
Median Earnings With High School Degree$21,531

Wealth

Median Family Income$40,905
% Above Poverty Level69.7%
% Below Poverty Level30.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time17 minutes
% Working from Home1.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.9%
% Using Public Transportation1.5%

Housing

People Living Alone35.1%
Median Gross Rent$667
Median House Value$104,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)52.6%
African13.1%
English9%
Irish2.9%
German2.6%
Italian1.4%
French Except Basque1.2%
West Indian1.1%
Polish0.5%
Scottish0.5%
Norwegian0.5%
Jamaican0.4%
Dutch0.3%
Welsh0.3%
Slovak0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Czech0.2%
Arab0.1%
Haitian0.1%
Australian0.1%
Russian0.1%
Danishn0.1%
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Kinston Almanac

CategoryValue
County Lenoir County
Standard Zip Codes28501, 28504
P.O. Box Zip Codes28502, 28503
Phone Area Codes252
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude35.27
Approximate Longitude-77.59

Kinston Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationKINSTON 5 SE
Distance4.2 miles
Jan Temp31 to 52 F
Apr Temp47 to 72 F
Jul Temp69 to 89 F
Oct Temp48 to 73 F
Annual Precip51.1 inches
StationGOLDSBORO 4 SE
Distance22.5 miles
Jan Temp33 to 54 F
Apr Temp50 to 75 F
Jul Temp71 to 91 F
Oct Temp51 to 75 F
Annual Precip49.8 inches
StationHOFMANN FOREST
Distance33.7 miles
Jan Temp34 to 57 F
Apr Temp48 to 76 F
Jul Temp70 to 90 F
Oct Temp51 to 76 F
Annual Precip56.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Dover268$45,313
Grifton2,795$37,218
Hookerton298$68,250
La Grange2,753$38,384
Snow Hill1,716$38,854

Kinston Public Libraries

Neuse Regional Library
510 N QUEEN ST
Kinston, North Carolina
(252) 527-7066

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Kinston Hospitals

Lenoir Memorial Hospital, Inc.
(Non-profit)
100 Airport Road
(252) 522-7797

Kinston Public Schools

Children's Village Academy
701 North Adkin Street
ZIP: 28501
(252) 939-1958
Primary
Total Enrollment 203
Contentnea-savannah School
3400 Ferrell Road
ZIP: 28501
(252) 527-8591
Primary
Total Enrollment 883
Kinston High
2601 N Queen St
ZIP: 28501
(252) 527-8067
High
Total Enrollment 854
Northeast Elementary
1002 E Highland Ave
ZIP: 28501
(252) 527-4166
Primary
Total Enrollment 586
Rochelle Middle
301 N Rochelle Blvd
ZIP: 28501
(252) 527-4290
Middle
Total Enrollment 498
Southeast Elementary
201 Mcdaniels Street
ZIP: 28501
(252) 527-4210
Primary
Total Enrollment 307
Lenoir County Early College High
231 Hwy 58 South
ZIP: 28502
(252) 233-6870
High
Total Enrollment 200
Banks Elementary
2148 Falling Creek Rd
ZIP: 28504
(252) 527-9470
Primary
Total Enrollment 582
Lenoir County Learning Academy
2529 Cedar Dell Lane, Haigler-overcash Education Cen
ZIP: 28504
(252) 527-4264
Other
Total Enrollment 61
Moss Hill Elementary
6040 Hwy 55 West
ZIP: 28504
(252) 569-5071
Primary
Total Enrollment 442
Northwest Elementary
1701 Old Well Rd
ZIP: 28504
(252) 527-5143
Primary
Total Enrollment 476
Southwood Elementary
1245 Hwy 58 South
ZIP: 28504
(252) 527-9081
Primary
Total Enrollment 354
Woodington Middle
4939 Hwy 258 South
ZIP: 28504
(252) 527-9570
Middle
Total Enrollment 648

Kinston Private Schools

Arendell Parrott Academy
1901 Dobbs Farm Rd
ZIP: 28504
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 788
Bethel Christian Academy
1936 Banks School Rd
ZIP: 28504
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 270
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