Lenoir County is a county located in the state of North Carolina. As of 2000, the population is 59,648. Its county seat is Kinston6.
The county was formed in 1791 from the southern part of Dobbs County. It was named for William Lenoir (1751-1839), a general in the American Revolutionary War, who took part in the Battle of King's Mountain.
Law and government
Lenoir County is a member of the regional Eastern Carolina Council of Governments.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,041 km˛ (402 mi˛). 1,036 km˛ (400 mi˛) of it is land and 6 km˛ (2 mi˛) of it is water. The total area is 0.56% water.
The county is divided into twelve townships: Contentnea Neck, Falling Creek, Institute, Kinston, Moseley Hall, Neuse, Pink Hill, Sand Hill, Southwest, Trent, Vance, and Woodington.
- Greene County, North Carolina - north
- Pitt County, North Carolina - northeast
- Craven County, North Carolina - east
- Jones County, North Carolina - southeast
- Duplin County, North Carolina - southwest
- Wayne County, North Carolina - west
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 59,648 people, 23,862 households, and 16,178 families residing in the county. The population density is 58/km˛ (149/mi˛). There are 27,184 housing units at an average density of 26/km˛ (68/mi˛). The racial makeup of the county is 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 are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 23,862 households out of which 31.30% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.40% are married couples living together, 17.30% have a female householder with no husband present, and 32.20% are non-families. 28.40% of all households are made up of individuals and 11.80% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.43 and the average family size is 2.96.
In the county the population is 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 are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 38 years. For every 100 females there are 90.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 84.70 males.
The median income for a household in the county is $31,191, and the median income for a family is $38,815. Males have a median income of $28,879 versus $21,536 for females. The per capita income for the county is $16,744. 16.60% of the population and 12.60% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 22.00% of those under the age of 18 and 18.40% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
Cities and towns
- La Grange
- Pink Hill
- Lenoir County government official website (http://www.co.lenoir.nc.us)
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