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Kinston is a city in Lenoir County.

It is the county seat.

Originally named Kingston, for King George III; renamed after the Revolutionary War

The latitude of Kinston is 35.262N. The longitude is -77.581W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 43 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 22,978.


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Median household income
Local
$26,630
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Kinston demographic reports
Kinston is on the Neuse River
Former and merged names include:
· Atkins Bank
· Caswell
· Kingston
· Kingstown
The Confederate gunboat C.S.S. Neuse sank here in 1865 and was recovered in 1961
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 260. The number of murders and homicides was 5. The violent crime rate was 11.1 per 1,000 people.
Kinston received national attention for January 2003 factory explosion which killed three workers and injured dozens
Local festivals include:
  • Festival on the Neuse - May 3-5, 2007
  • Lenoir County Fair - Sept. 17-22, 2007
  • Winter Bluegrass Festival - Feb. 16-17, 2007
Dates often change. Check Kinston web sites and events links in the sections below.
Sports teams: Indians (minor league baseball)
Historic sites and museums: Caswell Center Museum, Fire Station Museum
Colleges and universities: Lenoir Community College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Kinston demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Lenoir County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 28501 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

3% of Kinston residents report German ancestry, and 4% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Kinston ancestry & family history guide.

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Economy

At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Kinston was $17,779, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

17% of Kinston residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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History

Historic districts in Kinston include Hill - Grainger Historic District, Mitchelltown Historic District, Queen - Gordon Streets Historic District, Trianon Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Kinston, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $277.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $893.


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Libraries in Kinston include Kinston-Lenoir County Public Library ... View libraries

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Media outlets

Newspapers in Kinston include Free Press

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WKNS.

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Politics

Lenoir County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Kinston political report.

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Traffic

The average commute time for Kinston workers is 21 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 4 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Kinston between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.7 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

Travel

Hotels in Kinston include Comfort Inn Kinston, Days Inn, Holiday Inn Express Suites Kinston, Howard Johnson Inn, Super 8.

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