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, Kenly isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Kenly are a mix 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 sales jobs (16.80%), office and administrative support (14.42%), and food service (10.14%).

Being a small town, Kenly does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.

In terms of college education, the citizens of Kenly rank slightly lower than the national average. 13.13% of adults 25 and older in Kenly have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, while 21.84% of adults have a 4-year degree or higher in the average American community.

The per capita income in Kenly in 2010 was $16,024, which is low income relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $64,096 for a family of four. However, Kenly contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Kenly also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 31.32% 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. Kenly also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 10.16% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Kenly include German, Haitian, Irish, and Palestinian.

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