Community

About Kinston

More than a place to live: it’s a way of life.

Settled in the shade of majestic long-leaf pines, and nestled along the banks of the mighty Neuse River, is a city called Kinston, home to Southern hospitality flavored with generous portions of history, activities and mouth-watering cuisine. In Kinston you'll find the true meaning of Southern hospitality.
Kinston has a citywide population of nearly 25,000 residents and more than 60,000 residents countywide. Within its borders of 402 miles, Lenoir County encompasses 12 townships and numerous charming neighborhoods and communities.

Known for its ideal climate and the array of world-class family attractions, including the CSS Neuse State Historic Site and Gov. Richard Caswell Memorial, Neuseway Nature Park and Planetarium as well as the Health and Science Museum, Kinston offers a wide variety of things to see and do, appealing to guests from around the world.

Kinston's arts and culture include art galleries, museums, the only Planetarium in Eastern North Carolina, a full size replica of the Civil War Ironclad CSS Neuse, Civil War Trails, parks and much more.

Kinston features three golf courses, a variety of exciting participatory and spectator sports including the Kinston Indians Baseball Club an affiliate of the Cleveland Indians and Kinston Drag Strip which holds more than 40 events each year. Annual special events and unique holiday offerings, multicultural festivals and celebrations, colorful neighborhoods and communities can be found throughout Kinston.