Kinston, North Carolina Population 2020

19,643

Kinston is a city located in North Carolina. With a 2020 population of 19,643, it is the 50th largest city in North Carolina and the 1885th largest city in the United States. Kinston is currently declining at a rate of -1.11% annually and its population has decreased by -9.38% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 21,677 in 2010. Kinston reached it's highest population of 25,295 in 1990. Spanning over 19 miles, Kinston has a population density of 1,068 people per square mile.

The average household income in Kinston is $53,945 with a poverty rate of 29.45%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $708 per month, and the median house value is $102,700. The median age in Kinston is 44.6 years, 38.3 years for males, and 47.6 years for females. For every 100 females there are 89.3 males.

Kinston Demographics

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

  • Black or African American: 66.32%
  • White: 29.09%
  • Two or more races: 2.68%
  • Asian: 1.13%
  • Native American: 0.62%
  • Other race: 0.16%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Kinston, North Carolina is 19,643, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 20,083.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 21,677.

Kinston, North Carolina Population 2020

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202054,646-665-1.22%
201955,311-665-1.20%
201855,976-665-1.19%
201756,641-622-1.10%
201657,263-731-1.28%
201557,994-267-0.46%
201458,261-476-0.82%
201358,737-378-0.64%
201259,115-294-0.50%
201159,409-83-0.14%
201059,4920.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
Black or African American13,70166.32%
White6,00929.09%
Two or More Races5542.68%
Asian2341.13%
American Indian and Alaska Native1280.62%
Some Other Race330.16%

Kinston Population Pyramid 2020

Kinston Median Age

44.6


Total

38.3


Male

47.6


Female

Kinston Adults

There are 16,078 adults, (4,545 of whom are seniors) in Kinston.

Kinston Age Dependency

79.1

Age Dependency Ratio

39.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

39.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Kinston Sex Ratio

Female

10,916

52.84%

Male

9,743

47.16%

Kinston Households and Families

Kinston Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Kinston Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married68%32%
Male45.6%54.4%
All42.2%57.8%
Non Family33.5%66.5%
Female22.6%77.4%

42.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All8,8572.2342.2
Non Family3,6721.1233.5
Married2,7422.8968
Female2,0533.322.6
Male3902.3245.6

2.93

Average Family Size

2.23

Average Household Size

5%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.1%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Kinston Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade8075.68%
9th to 12th Grade1,76812.45%
High School Graduate4,74733.43%
Some College3,00721.18%
Associates Degree1,3469.48%
Bachelors Degree1,59511.23%
Graduate Degree9306.55%

Kinston Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
Black9,1477,2921,013
White4,3633,8791,398
Hispanic2702139
Multiple Races21616765
Asian16467
Native American1248549
Other Race1616

The highest rate of high school graduation is among other race people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among native american people with a rate of 39.52%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$25,634$29,502$22,655
Less Than High School$13,935$18,750$11,192
High School Grad$23,827$28,169$18,338
Some College$25,569$27,125$24,211
Bachelors Degree$42,241$56,214$37,393
Graduate Degree$62,891$80,991$42,014

$25,634

Average Earnings

$29,502

Average Male

$22,655

Average Female

Kinston Language

Kinston Language by Age

Kinston Language

96.15% of Kinston residents speak only English, while 3.85% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 2.54% of the population.

Kinston Poverty

Kinston Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black13,3304,64734.86%
White5,22452810.11%
Hispanic50540780.59%
Multiple54729954.66%
Native1153732.17%

29.45%

Overall Poverty Rate

26.82%

Male Poverty Rate

31.68%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Kinston

The race most likely to be in poverty in Kinston is Hispanic, with 80.59% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Kinston is White, with 10.11% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.96%. Among those working part-time, it was 31.83%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 31.52%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School36.21%
Some College24.54%
High School20.79%
Bachelors or Greater4.82%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed63.17%
Male Unemployed31.44%
Female Employed15.00%
Male Employed13.74%

Kinston Income

Kinston Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$31,981$53,945
Families$43,315$68,909
Married Families$70,210-
Non Families$19,966$30,214

Kinston Marital Status

Kinston Marital Status

Marriage Rates

36.4%

Overall Marriage Rate

40.5%

Male Marriage Rate

33.0%

Female Marriage Rate

Kinston Married by Age and Sex

Kinston Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

Kinston Marital Status by Race

Kinston Veterans

1,467

Number of Veterans

1,373

Male Veterans

94

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam655
First Gulf War235
Second Gulf War158
Korea129
World War II79
Age Group Veterans
55 to 64390
75+382
65 to 74375
35 to 54239
18 to 3481
Name Veterans % of Total
Black8938.51%
White55511.17%
Hispanic8025.00%
2 or More155.32%
Indian43.23%

$Kinston Veterans by Education

14.02%

Veteran Poverty Rate

39.40%

Veteran Disability Rate

Kinston Employment Status

52.3%

Labor Force Participation

44.2%

Employment Rate

15.5%

Unemployment Rate

Kinston Place of Birth

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

77.33%

Born in North Carolina

97.61%

Native Born

2.39%

Foreign Born

1.03%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

97.61% of Kinston residents were born in the United States, with 77.33% having been born in North Carolina. 1.03% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202019,643-220-1.11%
201919,863-220-1.10%
201820,083-284-1.39%
201720,367-220-1.07%
201620,587-478-2.27%
201521,065-79-0.37%
201421,144-208-0.97%
201321,352-199-0.92%
201221,551-103-0.48%
201121,654-78-0.36%
201021,732-1,956-0.86%
200023,688-1,607-0.65%
199025,295610.02%
198025,2342,2140.92%
197023,020-1,799-0.75%
196024,8196,4833.07%
195018,3362,9481.77%
194015,3884,0263.08%
193011,3621,5911.52%
19209,7712,7763.40%
19106,9952,8895.47%
19004,1060.00%