A town in North Carolina, Kinston has a population of slightly more than 21,000. It's a comfortable place to settle down, as retirees account for a greater percentage of the population (21%) here than they do nationally (14%), while young professionals are less well-represented. Home ownership is less common than renting in the area, and 44% of residents own their homes. With a relatively low average rent of $683 per month in the city, renting remains an affordable option, particularly compared to other cities in North Carolina. Over the course of 12 months, renters in Kinston will save around $3,000 compared to the state average.
Kinston has a relatively high percentage of residents older than 25 who have earned a high school degree or GED (23%) compared to the national average. Additionally, 7% have a Bachelor's degree and 4% have earned a Master's or Doctoral degree. There are three primary industries in Kinston: healthcare, manufacturing, and retail. Combined, these industries account for 21% of the city's labor force. Meanwhile, in terms of job function, 6% of residents work in transportation, which ranks as the top profession in the city. Kinston workers earn an average annual income of almost $45K, around $23,000 less than the average North Carolina resident. The city's average income also trails the national average ($73,345).
Averaging about 18 minutes, Kinston's commute time is faster than the state average of about 25 minutes. Driving a vehicle is the most common way to get to work, selected by 33% of residents, while public transit isn't widely used. A small percentage of residents walk to work.
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