Kinston, North Carolina Population 2024

19,101

Kinston is a city located in Lenoir County North Carolina. Kinston has a 2024 population of 19,101. It is also the county seat of Lenoir County.Kinston is currently declining at a rate of -0.69% annually and its population has decreased by -3.3% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 19,752 in 2020.

The average household income in Kinston is $54,363 with a poverty rate of 28.24%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Kinston is 44.1 years, 36.4 years for males, and 47 years for females.

Kinston Demographics

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

  • Black or African American: 69.15%
  • White: 23.15%
  • Two or more races: 5.05%
  • Other race: 1.3%
  • Asian: 1.04%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.19%
  • Native American: 0.12%
Land Area (mi²)
18.4 sq mi
Density (mi²)
1,038.80/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
-3.3% (-651)
The current population of Kinston, North Carolina is 19,101 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 19,752.

Kinston, North Carolina Population 2024

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Kinston Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
Black or African American13,62669.15%
White4,56123.15%
Two or more races9965.05%
Other race2561.3%
Asian2041.04%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander380.19%
Native American230.12%
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Black or African American

White

Two or more races

Other race

Asian

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Native American

Kinston Population by Race

Kinston Population Pyramid 2024

Kinston Median Age

44.1

Total

36.4

Male

47

Female

Kinston Adults

There are 15,355 adults, (4,903 of whom are seniors) in Kinston.

Kinston Age Dependency

88.5

Age Dependency Ratio

46.9

Old Age Dependency Ratio

41.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Kinston Sex Ratio

Female10,72454.43%
Male8,98045.57%

Kinston Population by Age

Kinston Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All8,7112.1641.158.9
Non Family4,5141.2237.462.6
Female2,0923.2124.575.5
Married1,8633.271.928.1
Male2422.6714.585.5
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3.1

Average Family Size

2.16

Average Household Size

41.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Kinston Households and Families

Male

Female

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Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Kinston Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Kinston Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among native american people with a rate of 39.13%.

Kinston Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$31,747

Average Earnings

$37,250

Average Male

$28,602

Average Female

Kinston Earnings by Educational Attainment

Kinston Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Kinston Language

95.02% of Kinston residents speak only English, while 4.98% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 3.15% of the population.

Kinston Language

Kinston Poverty by Race

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
Black13,3034,24531.91%
White4,03087321.66%
Multiple98212312.53%
Hispanic5886511.05%
Asian1425941.55%
Other25693.52%
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28.24%

Overall Poverty Rate

24.55%

Male Poverty Rate

31.2%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Kinston

The race most likely to be in poverty in Kinston is Asian, with 41.55% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Kinston is Other, with 3.52% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 9.56%. Among those working part-time, it was 25.81%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 34.88%.

Kinston Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade33.96%
High School26.56%
Some College21.33%
Bachelors or Greater11.92%
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Kinston Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed57.77%
Male Unemployed35.69%
Female Employed13.87%
Male Employed9.83%
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Kinston Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Kinston Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

Kinston Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

26.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

30.7%

Male Marriage Rate

23.8%

Female Marriage Rate

Kinston Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Kinston Marriage

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

Kinston Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Kinston Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

1,544

Number of Veterans

1,381

Male Veterans

163

Female Veterans

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Kinston Veterans by War

count

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Kinston Veterans by Age

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Kinston Veterans by Race

Kinston Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

10.79%

Veteran Poverty Rate

42.97%

Veteran Disability Rate

Kinston Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

49%

Labor Force Participation

42.3%

Employment Rate

13.6%

Unemployment Rate

Kinston Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Kinston Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Kinston 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

73.62%

Born in Kinston

96.5%

Native Born

3.5%

Foreign Born

1.43%

Non Citizen

2.07%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

96.5% of Kinston residents were born in the United States, with 73.62% having been born in North Carolina. 1.43% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Europe.

Kinston Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
202918,441-132-0.71%
202818,573-132-0.71%
202718,705-132-0.7%
202618,837-132-0.7%
202518,969-132-0.69%
202419,101-132-0.69%
202319,233-132-0.68%
202219,365-132-0.68%
202119,497-255-1.29%
202019,752-316-1.57%
201920,068100.05%
201820,058-278-1.37%
201720,336-225-1.09%
201620,561-482-2.29%
201521,043-83-0.39%
201421,126-212-0.99%
201321,338-201-0.93%
201221,539-103-0.48%
201121,642-75-0.35%
201021,717-1,971-8.32%
200023,688-1,607-6.35%
199025,295610.24%
198025,2342,2149.62%
197023,020-1,799-7.25%
196024,8196,48335.36%
195018,3362,94819.16%
194015,3884,02635.43%
193011,3621,59116.28%
19209,7712,77639.69%
19106,9952,88970.36%
19004,106
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Kinston Population by Year