Kinston, NC

Census Place

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2022 Population
19,704
0.925% 1-year decline
US Senator
Thom Tillis
Republican Party
US Senator
Ted Budd
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
44.1
1.12% 1-year decrease
2022 Poverty Rate
28.2%
1.28% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$35,653
7.13% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$101,000
3.7% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
6,739
0.795% 1-year decline

About

In 2022, Kinston, NC had a population of 19.7k people with a median age of 44.1 and a median household income of $35,653. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Kinston, NC declined from 19,888 to 19,704, a −0.925% decrease and its median household income grew from $33,280 to $35,653, a 7.13% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Kinston, NC are Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (68.8%), White (Non-Hispanic) (22.3%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (4.41%), Other (Hispanic) (1.25%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (1.04%).

None of the households in Kinston, NC reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

98.6% of the residents in Kinston, NC are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Kinston, NC are Lenoir Community College (986 degrees awarded in 2022).

In 2022, the median property value in Kinston, NC was $101,000, and the homeownership rate was 41.1%.

Most people in Kinston, NC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 19.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Kinston, NC was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Kinston, NC is home to a population of 19.7k people, from which 98.6% are citizens. As of 2022, 3.5% of Kinston, NC residents were born outside of the country (689 people).

In 2022, there were 3.09 times more Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents (13.6k people) in Kinston, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 4.39k White (Non-Hispanic) and 869 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

98.6%
2022 Citizenship
98.6%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 98.6% of Kinston, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Kinston, NC was 98.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Kinston, NC
  1. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    13.6k ± 734
  2. White (Non-Hispanic)
    4.39k ± 496
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    869 ± 506
3.09%
Hispanic Population
609 people

In 2022, there were 3.09 times more Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents (13.6k people) in Kinston, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 4.39k White (Non-Hispanic) and 869 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

3.09% of the people in Kinston, NC are hispanic (609 people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    214,508 ± 11,254 people
  2. India
    79,868 ± 6,912 people
  3. Honduras
    39,759 ± 4,886 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of North Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 214,508 North Carolina residents, followed by India with 79,868 and Honduras with 39,759.

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Foreign-Born Population

3.5%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
689 people
3.19%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
634 people

As of 2022, 3.5% of Kinston, NC residents (689 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Kinston, NC was 3.19%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    644 ± 165
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    173 ± 107
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    158 ± 100

Kinston, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.72 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Kinston, NC employs 6.74k people. The largest industries in Kinston, NC are Manufacturing (1,519 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,490 people), and Educational Services (728 people), and the highest paying industries are Finance & Insurance ($88,679), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($69,122), and Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($68,277).

Males in North Carolina have an average income that is 1.31 times higher than the average income of females, which is $57,464. The income inequality in North Carolina (measured using the Gini index) is 0.47, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

6.74k
2022 Value
± 676
−0.795%
1 Year decline
± 14.4%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Kinston, NC declined at a rate of −0.795%, from 6.79k employees to 6.74k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Kinston, NC, are Production Occupations (1,093 people), Management Occupations (584 people), and Healthcare Support Occupations (553 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Kinston, NC.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

6.74k
2022 Value
± 676
−0.795%
1 Year decline
± 14.4%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Kinston, NC declined at a rate of −0.795%, from 6.79k employees to 6.74k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Kinston, NC, are Manufacturing (1,519 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,490 people), and Educational Services (728 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Kinston, NC, though some of these residents may live in Kinston, NC and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$39,304
Median earning men ± $8,038
$27,866
Median earning women ± $2,258

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($87,618), Construction ($56,000), and Wholesale Trade ($50,577).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Wholesale Trade ($47,422), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($43,276), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($36,354).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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3.04%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 4.86M people employed in North Carolina. This represents a 3.04% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 10.9%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in North Carolina.

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in North Carolina went to Donald J. Trump with 49.9% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (48.6%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (0.881%).

Thom Tillis and Ted Budd are the senators currently representing the state of North Carolina. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

North Carolina is currently represented by 14 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from North Carolina

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Thom Tillis
Senator from North Carolina2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015
Ted Budd
Senator from North Carolina3
Assumed office on January 3, 2023

Thom Tillis and Ted Budd are the senators currently representing North Carolina.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in North Carolina over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from North Carolina

North Carolina is currently represented by 14 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for North Carolina have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Kinston, NC awarded 986 degrees. The student population of Kinston, NC in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 792 male students and 1,407 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Kinston, NC are White (602 and 61.6%), followed by Black or African American (205 and 21%), Hispanic or Latino (123 and 12.6%), and Asian (22 and 2.25%).

The largest universities in Kinston, NC by number of degrees awarded are Lenoir Community College (986 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Kinston, NC are Liberal Arts & Sciences (177 and 18%), Medical Office Management (89 and 9.03%), and Welding Technology (71 and 7.2%).

Enrollments by Gender and Races

In 2022 there were 2,199 students enrolled in Kinston, NC, 36% men and 64% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 1,143 records, of which 60.9% were women and 39.1% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 177 degrees awarded
  2. 30 degrees awarded
  3. 18 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Kinston, NC was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 177 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Kinston, NC according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
986 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Lenoir Community College with 986 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

In 2022, 410 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Kinston, NC, which is 0.712 times less than the 576 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 602 degrees mean that there were 2.94 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 205 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Public, 2-year ($2,432) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($136) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($1,800) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.944% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.805% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (2.16M), Some college (1.84M), and Bachelors Degree (1.63M).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Kinston, NC was $101,000 in 2022, which is 0.358 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $97,400 to $101,000, a 3.7% increase. The homeownership rate in Kinston, NC is 41.1%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Kinston, NC have an average commute time of 19.1 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Kinston, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Kinston, NC is $35,653. In 2022, the place with the highest median household income in Kinston, NC was Census Tract 114 with a value of $70,899, followed by Census Tract 106 and Census Tract 110.01, with respective values of $57,941 and $57,841.

Property

$101,000
Median Property Value 2022
±$8,608
$3,577
Median Property Taxes
±$444

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Kinston, NC the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Kinston, NC compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

41.1%
Homeownership
2022
63.9%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 41.1% of the housing units in Kinston, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 40.9%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 114
  2. Census Tract 106
  3. Census Tract 110.01

In 2022, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Kinston, NC was Census Tract 114 with a value of $70,899, followed by Census Tract 106 and Census Tract 110.01, with respective values of $57,941 and $57,841.

The following map shows all of the places in Kinston, NC colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$35,653
Median Household Income
± $3,192
8.71k
Number of Households
± 742

In 2022, the median household income of the 8.71k households in Kinston, NC grew to $35,653 from the previous year's value of $33,280.

The following chart displays the households in Kinston, NC distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the < $10k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Kinston, NC is from North Carolina.
0.47
2022 Wage GINI in North Carolina
0.47
2021 Wage GINI in North Carolina

In 2022, the income inequality in North Carolina was 0.47 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0732% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for North Carolina was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in North Carolina in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (81.9%)
  2. Carpooled (13.3%)
  3. Walked (1.87%)

In 2022, 81.9% of workers in Kinston, NC drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (13.3%) and those who walked to work (1.87%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

19.1 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Kinston, NC have a shorter commute time (19.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.47% of the workforce in Kinston, NC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Kinston, NC distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Kinston, NC have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

28.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Kinston, NC (5.34k out of 18.9k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 55 - 64, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Females 75+.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Kinston, NC is Black, followed by White and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

90% of the population of Kinston, NC has health coverage, with 23% on employee plans, 31.9% on Medicaid, 13.6% on Medicare, 20.3% on non-group plans, and 1.22% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Lenoir County, NC see 2152 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.0464% decrease from the previous year (2153 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1921 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 663 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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2,152 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Lenoir County, NC

Primary care physicians in Lenoir County, NC see an average of 2,152 patients per year. This represents a 0.0464% decrease from the previous year (2,153 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Lenoir County, NC in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 23.9% under 18 years, 15.6% between 18 and 34 years, 35.4% between 35 and 64 years, and 25.2% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 44.6% were men and 55.4% were women.

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Uninsured People

9.96%
Uninsured
23%
Employer Coverage
31.9%
Medicaid
13.6%
Medicare
20.3%
Non-Group
1.22%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Kinston, NC grew by 8.46% from 9.18% to 9.96%.

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