Kinston 46 Poor
Kinston Livability #715 ranked city in North Carolina#28,798 ranked city in the USARanks better than 1% of areas
C+ Kinston Amenities Some amenities close to this location
B+ Kinston Cost of Living Cost of living is 11% lower than North Carolina
8416% less expensive than the US average
North Carolina
946% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Kinston cost of living
F Kinston Crime Total crime is 174% higher than North Carolina
Total crime
7,255209% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 14209% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-4%Year over year crime is down
Kinston crime
F Kinston Employment Household income is 36% lower than North Carolina
Median household income
$31,03044% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$22,30925% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
8%78% higher than the US average
Kinston employment
F Kinston Housing Home value is 34% lower than North Carolina
Median home value
$104,00044% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$66730% lower than the US average
Home ownership
44%30% lower than the US average
Kinston real estate or Kinston rentals
F Kinston Schools HS graduation rate is 9% lower than North Carolina
High school grad. rates
74%10% lower than the US average
School test scores
30%38% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
13:118% lower than the US average
Kinston K-12 schools
F Kinston User Ratings There are a total of 12 ratings in Kinston
Overall user rating
44% 12 total ratings
User reviews rating
57% 3 total reviews
User surveys rating
35% 9 total surveys
all Kinston poll results

Best Places to Live in and Around Kinston

See all the best places to live around Kinston

Compare Kinston, NC Livability


      Living in Kinston, NC

      Kinston is a moderately-sized city located in the state of North Carolina. The city has a population of 21,393 residents. If you are not a fan of long commutes, you will enjoy living in Kinston. With average one way commute time of only 16 minutes, getting to and from work is a breeze compared to the national average of 26 minutes.

      If you’re considering moving to any new city, it could be a very daunting task. However, it could also be a great experience if you are willing to get to know the area before actually living in Kinston, North Carolina. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like crime, cost of living, weather, employment, housing, you can easily compare the best places to live in Kinston and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Kinston to North Carolina and the national average.

      Kinston has a livability score of 50/100 and is ranked #721 in North Carolina and #28,706 in the USA. This is not a favorable rating; as this score ranks among some of the lowest in America. Living in Kinston may not be a pleasant experience. In fact, Kinston actually ranks among the lowest 10 percentile of cities across the nation. If we consider each of the categories individually, we see that Kinston ranks well for cost of living (B) and weather (B-). Unfortunately for Kinston, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: crime (F), education (F), employment (F) and housing (F).

      Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Kinston. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Kinston are affordable. Median real estate prices in Kinston come in at $104,000, which is 33.8% lower than the North Carolina average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Kinston, the home price to income ratio is 3.4, which is 3% higher than the North Carolina average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Kinston area were 8.5% and 5 year appreciation rates were 0.8%.

      Kinston transportation information

      StatisticKinstonNorth CarolinaNational
      Average one way commute16min24min26min
      Workers who drive to work74.2%81.1%76.4%
      Workers who carpool17.9%9.8%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit1.5%1.1%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.4%0.2%0.6%
      Workers who walk3.5%1.8%2.8%
      Working from home1.8%4.8%4.6%

      Check Your Commute Time

      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Kinston, NC data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).