Kenly, NC
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Kenly is a very small town located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 1,450 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Kenly is the 360th largest community in North Carolina.

Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Kenly is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Kenly is a town of sales and office workers, service providers, and transportation and shipping workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Kenly who work in office and administrative support (17.64%), sales jobs (16.78%), and food service (11.82%).

Kenly is a small town, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.

The percentage of people in Kenly with college degrees is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%: just 11.65% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Kenly in 2010 was $15,239, which is low income relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $60,956 for a family of four. Kenly also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 39.61% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Kenly is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Kenly home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Kenly residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Kenly include German, Haitian, Irish, and Scots-Irish.

The most common language spoken in Kenly is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French Creole.