Kinston, NC
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Kinston is a medium-sized city located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 21,337 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, Kinston is the 40th largest community in North Carolina.

Kinston is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Kinston is a city of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Kinston who work in sales jobs (9.72%), food service (8.42%), and healthcare suport services (7.79%).

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Kinston spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 18.54 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The percentage of adults in Kinston with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 14.94% of adults in Kinston have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Kinston in 2010 was $18,452, which is lower middle income relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $73,808 for a family of four. Kinston also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 32.79% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Kinston is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Kinston home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Kinston residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Kinston include English, Irish, German, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Kinston is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Urdu.