Kenly, North Carolina Population 2024

1,687

Kenly is a city located in Johnston County, Wayne County, and Wilson County North Carolina. Kenly has a 2024 population of 1,687. Kenly is currently growing at a rate of 2.74% annually and its population has increased by 12.09% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 1,505 in 2020.

The average household income in Kenly is $55,788 with a poverty rate of 22.32%. The median age in Kenly is 36.6 years: 34.1 years for males, and 36.8 years for females.

Kenly Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Kenly was:

  • White: 60.74%
  • Black or African American: 29.01%
  • Two or more races: 7.12%
  • Other race: 3.13%
  • Native American: 0%
  • Asian: 0%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0%
Land Area (mi²)
1.9 sq mi
Density (mi²)
897.90/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
12.09% (182)
The current population of Kenly, North Carolina is 1,687 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates (released May 2024). The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 1,505.

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White1,53560.74%
Black or African American73329.01%
Two or more races1807.12%
Other race793.13%
Native American00%
Asian00%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander00%

White

Black or African American

Two or more races

Other race

Native American

Asian

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Kenly Population by Race

Kenly Population Pyramid 2024

Kenly Median Age

36.6

Total

34.1

Male

36.8

Female

Kenly Adults

There are 1,778 adults, (369 of whom are seniors) in Kenly.

Kenly Age Dependency

79.3

Age Dependency Ratio

26.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

53.2

Child Dependency Ratio

Kenly Sex Ratio

Female1,26950.22%
Male1,25849.78%

Kenly Population by Age

Kenly Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All9472.675446
Non Family3601.2831.968.1
Married3413.7584.515.5
Female1643.2839.660.4
Male823.0152.447.6

3.44

Average Family Size

2.67

Average Household Size

54.0%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Kenly Households and Families

Male

Female

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Education Attained
Count
Percentage
9th to 12th Grade1619.61%
Associates Degree24314.51%
Bachelors Degree794.72%
Graduate Degree814.84%
High School Graduate55132.9%
Less Than 9th Grade1176.99%
Some College44326.45%

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Kenly Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Kenly Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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Race
Total
High School
Bachelors
White894803155
Black5995233
Hispanic150500
2+ Races89512
Other Race2700

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 89.82%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 17.34%.

Kenly Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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Name
Average
Male
Female
Bachelors Degree$51,000$0$39,722
Graduate Degree$35,750$33,897$0
High School Graduate$48,942$60,078$48,846
Less Than 9th Grade$21,250$25,625$0
Overall$40,354$34,319$41,958
Some College$41,311$0$41,646

$40,354

Average Earnings

$34,319

Average Male

$41,958

Average Female

Kenly Earnings by Educational Attainment

Kenly Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Kenly Language

88.57% of Kenly residents speak only English, while 11.43% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 10.54% of the population.

Kenly Language

Kenly Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White1,41427019.09%
Hispanic27115055.35%
Black7339212.55%
Multiple1805228.89%
Other794962.03%

22.32%

Overall Poverty Rate

19.24%

Male Poverty Rate

25.37%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Kenly

The race most likely to be in poverty in Kenly is Other, with 62.03% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Kenly is Black, with 12.55% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 8.2%. Among those working part-time, it was 16.85%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 32.61%.

Kenly Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade60.07%
High School13.79%
Bachelors or Greater13.75%
Some College6.71%

Kenly Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed42.19%
Female Employed10.32%
Male Employed9.33%
Male Unemployed0%

Kenly Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Kenly Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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Name
Median
Mean
Families$74,460$69,147
Households$51,250$55,788
Married Families$78,316$-999,999,999
Non Families$20,769$31,063

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Kenly Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

36.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

36.4%

Male Marriage Rate

37.3%

Female Marriage Rate

Kenly Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Kenly Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 35-44, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Kenly Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Kenly Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

117

Number of Veterans

88

Male Veterans

29

Female Veterans

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War
Veterans
Second Gulf War28
First Gulf War20
Vietnam16
Korea0
World War II0

Kenly Veterans by War

count

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Age Group
Veterans
65 to 7454
55 to 6424
35 to 5418
75+11
18 to 3410

Kenly Veterans by Age

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Name
Veterans
% of Total
White838.05%
Black294.73%
2+ Races54.67%

Kenly Veterans by Race

Kenly Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

0%

Veteran Poverty Rate

9.4%

Veteran Disability Rate

Kenly Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

57.4%

Labor Force Participation

52.4%

Employment Rate

8.7%

Unemployment Rate

Kenly Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Kenly Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Kenly Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

62.13%

Born in Kenly

93.83%

Native Born

6.17%

Foreign Born

4.79%

Non Citizen

1.39%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

93.83% of Kenly residents were born in the United States, with 62.13% having been born in North Carolina. 4.79% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Kenly Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
20291,916462.46%
20281,870462.52%
20271,824452.53%
20261,779462.65%
20251,733462.73%
20241,687452.74%
20231,642452.82%
20221,597422.7%
20211,555503.32%
20201,505-78-4.93%
20191,583382.46%
20181,545362.39%
20171,509312.1%
20161,478382.64%
20151,440281.98%
20141,412201.44%
20131,392141.02%
20121,378130.95%
20111,365201.49%
20101,34500%

Kenly Population by Year