Lenoir County, North Carolina

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Lenoir County, North Carolina
Lenoir County Courthouse.JPG
Lenoir County Courthouse in Kinston
Seal of Lenoir County, North Carolina
Seal
Map of North Carolina highlighting Lenoir County
Location in the U.S. state of North Carolina
Map of the United States highlighting North Carolina
North Carolina's location in the U.S.
Founded 1791
Named for William Lenoir
Seat Kinston
Largest city Kinston
Area
 • Total 403 sq mi (1,044 km2)
 • Land 401 sq mi (1,039 km2)
 • Water 2.2 sq mi (6 km2), 0.6%
Population
 • (2010) 59,495
 • Density 149/sq mi (58/km²)
Congressional district 3rd
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.co.lenoir.nc.us

Lenoir County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 59,495.[1] Its county seat is Kinston,[2] located on the Neuse River, across which the county has its territory.

Lenoir County comprises the Kinston, NC Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

The county was formed by European Americans in 1791 from the southern part of Dobbs County. It was named for William Lenoir (1751-1839), an officer in the American Revolutionary War who took part in the Battle of Kings Mountain.[3] He was a prominent political leader; when the county was established, he was serving as Speaker of the North Carolina Senate.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 403 square miles (1,040 km2), of which 401 square miles (1,040 km2) is land and 2.2 square miles (5.7 km2) (0.6%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1800 4,005
1810 5,572 39.1%
1820 6,799 22.0%
1830 7,723 13.6%
1840 7,605 −1.5%
1850 7,828 2.9%
1860 10,220 30.6%
1870 10,434 2.1%
1880 15,344 47.1%
1890 14,879 −3.0%
1900 18,639 25.3%
1910 22,769 22.2%
1920 29,555 29.8%
1930 35,716 20.8%
1940 41,211 15.4%
1950 45,953 11.5%
1960 55,276 20.3%
1970 55,204 −0.1%
1980 59,819 8.4%
1990 57,274 −4.3%
2000 59,648 4.1%
2010 59,495 −0.3%
Est. 2016 57,307 [5] −3.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 59,648 people, 23,862 households, and 16,178 families residing in the county. The population density was 149 people per square mile (58/km²). There were 27,184 housing units at an average density of 68 per square mile (26/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 56.47% White, 40.43% Black or African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 1.88% from other races, and 0.66% from two or more races. 3.17% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 23,862 households out of which 31.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.40% were married couples living together, 17.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.20% were non-families. 28.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.30% under the age of 18, 7.90% from 18 to 24, 27.60% from 25 to 44, 24.60% from 45 to 64, and 14.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 90.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,191, and the median income for a family was $38,815. Males had a median income of $28,879 versus $21,536 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,744. About 12.60% of families and 16.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.00% of those under age 18 and 18.40% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Map of Lenoir County, North Carolina With Municipal and Township Labels

City[edit]

Towns[edit]

Census-designated place[edit]

Other unincorporated communities[edit]

Townships[edit]

  • Contentnea Neck
  • Falling Creek
  • Institute
  • Kinston
  • Moseley Hall
  • Neuse
  • Pink Hill
  • Sand Hill
  • Southwest
  • Trent
  • Vance
  • Woodington

Politics, law and government[edit]

Presidential Elections Results[11]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 50.8% 13,613 47.1% 12,634 2.1% 560
2012 49.8% 13,980 49.7% 13,948 0.6% 158
2008 49.8% 13,401 49.7% 13,378 0.4% 118
2004 55.8% 12,939 44.0% 10,207 0.1% 33
2000 54.4% 11,512 45.0% 9,527 0.6% 124
1996 49.8% 9,433 45.6% 8,635 4.5% 857
1992 45.0% 8,932 44.3% 8,793 10.7% 2,117
1988 58.1% 10,669 41.7% 7,649 0.2% 35
1984 60.8% 13,321 39.0% 8,556 0.2% 37
1980 55.5% 9,832 42.6% 7,546 1.9% 336
1976 49.9% 7,715 49.4% 7,650 0.7% 109
1972 73.9% 11,065 24.5% 3,672 1.6% 238
1968 24.4% 3,844 24.5% 3,853 51.1% 8,036
1964 42.4% 5,617 57.6% 7,617
1960 31.0% 3,658 69.0% 8,126
1956 27.2% 2,564 72.8% 6,847
1952 24.9% 2,233 75.1% 6,723
1948 8.4% 515 88.5% 5,445 3.1% 190
1944 9.5% 554 90.5% 5,253
1940 6.6% 440 93.4% 6,247
1936 5.7% 351 94.3% 5,854
1932 6.9% 350 92.6% 4,677 0.5% 24
1928 35.7% 1,311 64.3% 2,363
1924 18.8% 514 80.3% 2,191 0.9% 25
1920 31.1% 1,153 69.0% 2,560
1916 28.6% 667 71.4% 1,666 0.1% 2
1912 6.0% 122 77.0% 1,568 17.0% 347

Lenoir was during the first two third of the twentieth century a typical overwhelmingly Democratic “Solid South” county. It was always carried by the Democratic Presidential nominee between at least 1876 and 1964, following upon which “American Independent” candidate George Wallace obtained a majority of the county’s vote in 1968 amidst large-scale opposition to racial desegregation and civil rights for African-Americans. In every election since then, Lenoir County has voted for the Republican presidential nominee, although on several occasions the GOP margin has been extremely close and on only five occasions out of twelve has the margin been more than ten percentage points.

Lenoir County is a member of the regional Eastern Carolina Council of Governments.

Education[edit]

The City of Kinston and Lenoir County merged school systems in 1992. There are four public high schools in Lenoir County: Lenoir County Early College, North Lenoir, South Lenoir and Kinston High School. There are three public middle schools: E.B. Frink, Rochelle and Woodington. There are also eight public elementary schools: Banks, La Grange, Moss Hill, Northeast, Northwest, Pink Hill, Southeast and Southwood. Additionally, Contentnea-Savannah is a kindergarten to eighth grade school; there is one alternative school, Sampson.[12]

Lenoir County is home to two private academies—Arendell Parrott Academy and Bethel Christian Academy—and two charter academies—Kinston Charter Academy and Children's Village Academy.

Transportation[edit]

Airport[edit]

Lenoir County is served by the Kinston Regional Jetport (IATA: ISOICAO: KISO) with service to Orlando, Florida. Raleigh-Durham International Airport is the closest major airport with service to more than 45 domestic and international destinations.

Major highways[edit]

The main highway in the county is US 70, which offers access to the North Carolina coast and I-95. Other highways that run through the county include US 258, NC 11, NC 58, NC 903 and NC 55. Interstate 95 is the closest Interstate Highway to the county, located 50 miles west in Selma.

Bus[edit]

The county is served by Greyhound with a location in Kinston.

Health[edit]

Lenoir County is home to the Lenoir Memorial Hospital, a 261-bed non-proft facility located in Kinston.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 21, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 185. 
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved January 17, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 17, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved January 17, 2015. 
  8. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 17, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved January 17, 2015. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  11. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS
  12. ^ Lenoir County Public Schools

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 35°14′N 77°38′W / 35.24°N 77.64°W / 35.24; -77.64