About Kinston:

Kinston is a city in Lenoir County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 21,677 at the 2010 Census. It has been the county seat of Lenoir County since its formation in 1791. Kinston is located in North Carolina’s Inner Banks region.

Kinston is home of the N.C. Global TransPark (GTP), a combined airport and industrial complex developed by the state in Lenoir County; Grainger Stadium, home to the Kinston Indians minor league baseball team through 2011; Caswell Center, a campus providing support services and boarding for the mentally handicapped; and Lenoir Memorial Hospital. Kinstons’ Bill Fay Park is home to the Annual Allen Pearson Foundation Softball Tournament held each year annually during the first weekend in October. Annual festivities in Kinston include the Sand in the Streets concert series held at Pearson Park, the popular train rides, nature center, and planetarium located at Neuseway Park, and the Festival on the Neuse.





History of Kinston:

Before the present day Kinston was established, the area was called Atkins Bank in reference to a bluff immediately above the Neuse River that was once owned by Robert Atkins. The area was inhabited by Neusiok Indians before the English settlers came. Kinston was formally established by the North Carolina General Assembly in December, 1762. It was named Kingston to honor King George III. However, after the American Revolution, it was renamed Kinston in 1784 to reflect the population’s distaste for royalty.
Interesting Facts:
  • The median home cost in Kinston is $93,100. Home appreciation the last year has been -1.90 percent.
  • Compared to the rest of the country, Kinston’s cost of living is 14.50% Lower than the U.S. average.
  • Kinston public schools spend $8,962 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 14.9 students per teacher in Kinston.


For more information on Kinston North Carolina please visit some of the links below. 


City OF Kinston

Downtown Kinston

Community Council for the Arts



And for upcoming events please see the community calendars linked below. 

Visit Kinston

Chamber of Commerce Events Calendar