Lenoir County, North Carolina
|Named for||William Lenoir|
|• Total||403 sq mi (1,040 km2)|
|• Land||401 sq mi (1,040 km2)|
|• Water||2.2 sq mi (6 km2) 0.6%%|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||149/sq mi (58/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
Lenoir County is a county in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 Census, its population was 59,495. Its county seat is Kinston, located on the Neuse River, across which the county has its territory.
Lenoir County comprises the Kinston micropolitan statistical area.
The county was formed 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. He was a prominent political leader; when the county was established, he was serving as Speaker of the North Carolina Senate.
- Greene County - North
- Pitt County - Northeast
- Craven County - East
- Jones County - Southeast
- Duplin County - Southwest
- Wayne County - West
|U.S. Decennial Census|
The United States Census Bureau's most recent census, taken on April 1, 2010, estimated there were 59,495 residents with 24,327 households and 15,993 families residing within 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 county's racial makeup 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.
- Kinston (county seat)
Other unincorporated community
- Contentnea Neck
- Falling Creek
- Kinston (with 9 precincts)
- Moseley Hall
- Pink Hill (with 2 precincts)
- Sand Hill
Law, government and politics
|2020||51.4% 14,590||47.9% 13,605||0.8% 214|
|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|
Throughout the first two-thirds of the twentieth century, Lenoir County was 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, 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 Eastern region in the North Carolina Councils of Government.
Lenoir County is represented by Chris Humphrey in the House of Representatives and Jim Perry in the Senate, who was appointed by Governor Roy Cooper on January 31, 2019. As of 2018, after some redistricting, Lenoir County is in the 12th district for the North Carolinian House, represented by George Graham. The current county commissioners are J. Mac Daughety (R), Eric Rouse (R), Craig Hill (D-Chairman), Preston Harris (D), and Roland Best (D), at large commissioners are Linda R Sutton (D-Vice Chairman) and Reuben J. Davis (D). The Board of Education's chairman is Jonathan Sargeant (D), vice chairman Bruce Hill (D), and members Billy Davis (R), Keith King (R), Elijah Woods (D), and Merwyn K. Smith (D).
Lenoir County is home to one higher learning institution, Lenoir Community College - which is located at 231 NC HWY 58 South, Kinston and is part of the North Carolina Community College System. The college offers associate degrees, diplomas, or certificates for educational programs in college transfer, business, industry, public services, health sciences, and continuing education. Programs and support services are accessible through traditional and distance learning options.
Primary and Secondary Education
Public education in Lenoir County is administered and supported by the Lenoir County Public School Board, which formed from a merge of the City of Kinston and Lenoir County 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. 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 K-8 school.
Lenoir County is also home to two private academies - Arendell Parrott Academy and Bethel Christian Academy - and two charter academies - Kinston Charter Academy and Children's Village Academy.
Neuse Regional Library serves the residents of Lenoir, Greene, and Jones counties. With eight different locations, the library system offers services such as 3D printing and an inter-library loan system, as well as an eLibrary.
Lenoir County is served by the Kinston Regional Jetport (IATA: ISO, ICAO: 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.
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, 50 miles west in Selma.
The county is served by Greyhound with a location in Kinston.
- Brandon Ingram (NBA player)
- Larry Beck (professional golfer)
- Jocelyn Brown (R&B singer)
- Reggie Bullock (NBA player)
- Dwight Clark (49ers wide receiver)
- David Christopher Hatcher (MLB pitcher)
- Donna Horton White (professional golfer)
- Malcolm Howard (U.S. Judge appointed by Ronald Reagan)
- Susan Owens (the seventh woman to serve on Washington Supreme Court)
- Maceo and Melvin Parker (Jazz musicians)
- Jamie Pressley (U.S. actor)
- Frank Snepp (journalist)
- Jerry Stackhouse (NBA player)
- Quinton Coples (NFL defensive end)
- Frank Lucas (American mobster)
- Vivian Howard (American chef)
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Lenoir County, North Carolina.|
- Lenoir County government official website
- NCGenWeb Lenoir County - free genealogy resources for the county