Kinston, situated in Lenoir County, is a city made up of 16.9 square miles.
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Kinston is a two-time winner of the All-America City Award from the National Civic League, placing it on a list alongside other winners such as San Antonio, Tallahassee, San Francisco, Baltimore, Kansas City, and many other notable cities.
Kinston was established as Kingston in 1762, named in honor of King George III. The first governor of North Carolina Richard Caswell introduced a bill that prompted the North Carolina General Assembly to form the town.
The name was changed to Kinston after the United States gained its independence from Great Britain. The name was again changed to Caswell, after Richard Caswell in 1833, but was changed back to Kinston a year later.
Kinston has been the county seat of Lenoir County since 1791, and was finally incorporated in 1849.
The city received 16 inches of rain from Hurricane Frank in 1996, and then in 1999, received 17 inches of rain from Hurricane Floyd.
The median resident age in Kinston is 44 years. The median estimated household income is about $29,000 making it about $19,000 less than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $23,000. The average price for a home in Kinston is about $105,000 (2015) which is $55,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $700 a month for rent.
The racial makeup of Kinston is 27% White, 67% Black, 2% Two or more races, and 4% other. 80% of the population are high school graduates, with 15% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 38% are married, 10% are divorced, 5% are separated, 9% are widowed, leaving 38% that have never been married.
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Kinston belongs to Lenoir County in the eastern part of North Carolina. The county, named after William Lenoir, is part of the Kinston, NC Micropolitan Statistical Area. In 1791, the county was formed from a part of Dobbs County. Lenoir County has a population of 60,000 and its largest city Kinston, with a population of 21,000, is the county seat.
Lenoir County borders Pitt, Jones, Craven, Duplin, Wayne, and Greene counties.
Lenoir County is made up of 403 square miles. 401 of which is land with the remaining 2 as water.
The population of Kinston, NC is about 21,000. The population had been steadily increasing since its incorporation, but has seen a slight decrease since the 1990s.
The elevation of Kinston, NC is 43 feet above sea level.
The zip code for Kinston, NC is 28501.
The area code for Kinston, NC is 252.
Historically speaking Kinston and Lenoir County have voted mostly Republican, with 51% going to Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.
As of 2010, 44% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 50% are Protestants with Catholics and Other making up around 6%.
The unemployment rate for Kinston is about 7% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%.
Manufacturing, retail, and food accommodation make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.
The Free Press is the primary newspaper that covers the Lenoir County area.