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Cost of Living

The ACCRA Cost of Living Index compares the cost of living in cities throughout the United States. An index score of 100 means a city is exactly as expensive as the national average. A score of less than 100 means a city is less expensive than the national average. And a score of more than 100 means a city is more expensive than the national average.

Overall Housing Food Utilitie Health Transp. Misc.

Kinston, NC

92

101

98

71

108

103

96

Atlanta, GA

94

99

103

75

96

105

103

Raleigh, NC

102

110

103

108

104

95

98

Chicago, II

105

108

104

107

99

110

102

Los Angeles, CA

144

110

111

235

118

112

103

New York, NY

169

119

112

299

133

108

118

National Average

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

Healthcare

Lenoir Memorial

Located in Kinston Lenoir Memorial Hospital is a 261 bed not-for-profit hospital dedicated to the community it serves by offering quality inpatient, outpatient and preventive healthcare services that are close to home.
In addition to general medical, surgical, and obstetrical and gynecological care, Lenoir Memorial offers specialized services including cardiology, pulmonology, oncology, radiology and urology. Our surgical specialties include general, thoracic and vascular with a staff trained to take special care of you during recovery. With a medical staff of over 100 physicians, Lenoir Memorial offers a range of specialty services and technology you would only expect to find at hospitals in larger cities.

Regional Health Care

In addition to Lenoir Memorial Hospital, there are five other hospitals within 40 minutes of Kinston including Vidant Medical Center and the Brody School of Medicine is the Medical School at East Carolina University located in Greenville.

East Carolina Heart Institute located in Greenville, NC is a world-class cardiovascular center offering state-of-the-art medical technology, education and research. The new six-story, 37500-square-foot inpatient care facility is home to 120 inpatient cardiovascular beds, six operating rooms and eleven interventional laboratories opened on January 12, 2009.

Education

Lenoir County Schools

All students in Lenoir County Public Schools will graduate with the vision, knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to work collaboratively, learn continuously, serve responsibly in a diverse society, and compete successfully in a global economy.

  • 17 schools (8 elementary, 3 middle, 1 K-8, 3 high and 2 special/optional)
  • 9,303 students
  • 3 Cyber Campuses (providing classes that are full-motion audio and video communication in partnership with the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics)
  • International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) Program at Kinston High School

 

Private Schools

Arendell Parrott Academy
Bethel Christian Academy

 

Lenoir Community College

To assist students in meeting their education and career goals, Lenoir Community College (LCC) offers four degrees: Associate in Arts Degree with 14 pre-majors, Associate in Applied Science Degree with 40 programs, Associate in Fine Arts Degree with one pre-major, and Associate in Science Degree with four pre-majors. In addition, the College offers the 2+2 Engineering program, where a student can take the first two years of an engineering degree at LCC and then transfer to one of four engineering universities in North Carolina. The College offers many certificates and diploma options requiring less than two years for completion.

  • Main Campus located in
  • Off-campus centers Serving five communities in Snow Hill – Greene County, Trenton – Jones County, La Grange – Lenoir County, and Pink Hill – Lenoir County
  • Enrollment of more than 63,000 students in 2011
  • Business and Industry Services offers free customized training to eligible new and expanding companies
  • Part of the 58-campus North Carolina Community College System

 

Colleges and Universities

Four major colleges/universities are located within the NC Eastern Region: East Carolina University/East Carolina School of Medicine in Greenville, NC; University of Mount Olive , Mt. Olive, NC; Barton College, Wilson, NC and North Carolina Wesleyan College, Rocky Mount, NC.

In addition, North Carolina State University, Duke University and the University of North Carolina are all located within two hours of Kinston.

Climate

The climate of Lenoir County is, with only a few exceptions, pleasant all year long. The heat of summer and cold of winter are tempered by the county’s proximity to the Atlantic Ocean lying some 50 miles southeast at its nearest point. The average yearly temperature is approximately 59.5 degrees. The short winters are marked by “cold spells” but are usually quite mild. Snow is relatively rare and persist only a day or two. The average dates of the earliest and latest killing frost are October 31st and April 5th, respectively. The summer is long but not excessively hot with pleasing temperatures in the spring and fall. The average growing season is 209 days. Rainfall is distributed well throughout the year, averaging three to four inches per month during fall and winter and five to six inches in the summer months.

Month Average High Temperature (F) Average Low Temperature (F) Average Inches Precipitation
January 55 36 3.9
February 57 37 3.7
March 64 43 3.8
April 72 51 2.8
May 79 60 4.4
June 85 68 5.0
July 88 72 7.4
August 87 71 7.3
September 83 67 5.7
October 74 56 3.5
November 66 46 3.4
December 58 38 3.7