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Kinston is located in the Coastal Plains of North Carolina and is the county seat of Lenoir County as it has been since its creation in 1791. The city has a population of 21,667 as of the 2010 Census. In 2009, Kinston won, for the 2nd time in 22 years, the prestigious All-American City Award.

The Kinston Vistor & Information Center is located on a historic Civil War battlefield at the intersection of Hwy 70 and 258. In addition to information about the Battle of Kinston, the center includes other location information about Kinston and the surrounding area. The center also serves as a stop on Amtrak’s bus service.

The Kinston-Lenoir County Chamber of Commerce was formed in 1911 and “acts as a voice and advocate for the community regarding economic, community and government issues and represents Kinston and Lenoir County as a great place to live, work and play.” In addition to business-related information, they also provide information about upcoming events and activities in Kinston and Lenoir County.

The UNC Lenoir Health Care is a non-profit hospital located in Kinston and licensed for 261 beds. It serves the residents of Lenoir, Greene, and Jones counties. The hospital is staffed with over 100 physicians and offers inpatient, outpatient, and preventive healthcare services. Services include general medical, surgical, obstetrical, and gynecological care with specialized services of cardiology, pulmonology, oncology, radiology, urology, and vascular surgery.

The CSS Neuse Interpertive Center is located in Downtown Kinston and contains the remains of the ironclad gunboat CSS Neuse. The Governor Richard Caswell Memorial is located on West Vernon Avenue and celebrates the life of State of North Carolina’s first governor.

The Down East Wood Ducks at Grainger Stadium has called Kinston their home since 2017. The Texas Rangers affiliate hosts minor-league professional baseball games throughout the baseball season.