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.

Unlike some cities, Kinston isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Kinston are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Kinston is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Kinston who work in sales jobs (9.65%), office and administrative support (8.38%), and food service (7.06%).

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 18.18 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

In terms of college education, the citizens of Kinston rank slightly lower than the national average. 14.84% of adults 25 and older in Kinston 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 Kinston in 2010 was $21,935, which is middle income relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $87,740 for a family of four. Kinston also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 33.08% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Kinston is an extremely 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 French.