Kinston, North Carolina Population 2021

20,035
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Kinston is a city located in Lenoir County North Carolina. With a 2020 population of 20,035, it is the 46th largest city in North Carolina and the 1851st largest city in the United States . Kinston is currently declining at a rate of -0.01% annually and its population has decreased by -7.57% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 21,677 in 2010. Kinston reached it's highest population of in . Spanning over 19 miles, Kinston has a population density of 1,090 people per square mile.

The average household income in Kinston is $57,840 with a poverty rate of 27.81%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $703 per month, and the median house value is $101,800. The median age in Kinston is 45.3 years, 40.6 years for males, and 47.6 years for females.

Kinston Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Kinstonwas:

  • Black or African American: 66.18%
  • White: 28.98%
  • Two or more races: 3.25%
  • Asian: 1.10%
  • Native American: 0.40%
  • Other race: 0.09%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Kinston, North Carolina is 20,035 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 20,041.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 21,677.

Kinston, North Carolina Population 2021

2020 and 2021 population is estimated by projecting the 2019 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
202155,867-41-0.07%
202055,908-41-0.07%
201955,949-41-0.07%
201855,990-632-1.13%
201756,622-618-1.09%
201657,240-741-1.29%
201557,981-274-0.47%
201458,255-477-0.82%
201358,732-382-0.65%
201259,114-297-0.50%
201159,411-77-0.13%
201059,4880.00%

Kinston Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
Black or African American13,49966.18%
White5,91128.98%
Two or More Races6633.25%
Asian2251.10%
American Indian and Alaska Native810.40%
Some Other Race190.09%
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Kinston Population by Race

Kinston Population Pyramid $2021

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Kinston Median Age

45.3


Total

40.6


Male

47.6


Female

Kinston Adults

There are 15,880 adults, (4,679 of whom are seniors) in Kinston.

Kinston Age Dependency

82.1

Age Dependency Ratio

41.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

40.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Kinston Sex Ratio

Female

10,849

53.19%

Male

9,549

46.81%

Kinston Population by Age

Kinston Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Kinston Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Female22%78%
Non Family35.2%64.8%
Male42.2%57.8%
All42.3%57.7%
Married68.1%31.9%

42.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Kinston Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All8,9012.1942.3
Non Family3,8511.1135.2
Married2,6682.9368.1
Female2,0363.1922
Male3462.4942.2

2.93

Average Family Size

2.19

Average Household Size

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Kinston Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade8756.20%
9th to 12th Grade2,00514.21%
High School Graduate4,52132.04%
Some College2,92320.72%
Associates Degree1,3049.24%
Bachelors Degree1,52410.80%
Graduate Degree9576.78%
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Kinston Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Kinston Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
Black8,9946,8621,042
White4,3983,8781,365
2+ Races30226149
Hispanic27521211
Asian16849
Native American775225

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 88.18%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among native american people with a rate of 32.47%.

Kinston Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$26,989$31,552$24,323
Less Than 9th Grade$13,935$17,240$11,504
High School Graduate$26,664$31,652$19,060
Some College$26,623$30,930$25,625
Bachelors Degree$40,162$52,375$39,211
Graduate Degree$64,732$$44,262

$26,989

Average Earnings

$31,552

Average Male

$24,323

Average Female

Kinston Earnings by Educational Attainment

Kinston Language by Age

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Kinston Language

96.71% of Kinston residents speak only English, while 3.29% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 1.73% of the population.

Kinston Language

Kinston Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black13,1034,35633.24%
White5,33069913.11%
Multiple65722834.70%
Hispanic33421965.57%
Native753344.00%

27.81%

Overall Poverty Rate

24.08%

Male Poverty Rate

30.94%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Kinston

The race most likely to be in poverty in Kinston is Hispanic, with 65.57% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Kinston is White, with 13.11% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.72%. Among those working part-time, it was 29.01%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 29.77%.

Kinston Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade35.00%
Some College20.00%
High School18.84%
Bachelors or Greater7.94%

Kinston Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed69.26%
Male Unemployed34.86%
Female Employed14.50%
Male Employed9.59%

Kinston Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Kinston Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$33,066$57,840
Families$46,672$77,575
Married Families$71,729-
Non Families$19,892$29,625
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Income by Household Type

Kinston Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

35.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

40.0%

Male Marriage Rate

32.4%

Female Marriage Rate

Kinston Married by Age and Sex

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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

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Kinston Marital Status

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1,487

Number of Veterans

1,372

Male Veterans

115

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam671
First Gulf War274
Second Gulf War169
Korea124
World War II97

Kinston Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
75+400
65 to 74385
55 to 64360
35 to 54291
18 to 3451

Kinston Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
Black8958.70%
White55611.23%
Hispanic6121.71%
2+ Races318.07%
Native American56.49%

Kinston Veterans by Race

Kinston Veterans by Education

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11.10%

Veteran Poverty Rate

38.79%

Veteran Disability Rate

Kinston Veterans by Education

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51.7%

Labor Force Participation

43.7%

Employment Rate

15.4%

Unemployment Rate

Kinston Employment by Age

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Kinston Employment by Race

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Kinston Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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77.26%

Born in Kinston

97.33%

Native Born

2.67%

Foreign Born

0.93%

Non Citizen

1.74%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

97.33% of Kinston residents were born in the United States, with 77.26% having been born in North Carolina. 0.93% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Kinston Place of Birth

Note: 2020 and 2021 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202120,035-3-0.01%
202020,038-3-0.01%
201920,041-3-0.01%
201820,044-292-1.44%
201720,336-227-1.10%
201620,563-481-2.29%
201521,044-87-0.41%
201421,131-209-0.98%
201321,340-205-0.95%
201221,545-105-0.48%
201121,650-79-0.36%
201021,729-1,959-0.86%
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%

Kinston Population by Year