Quality of Life

With a temperate climate year-round, unspoiled waterways and an enviable cost of living, it’s no surprise that visitors to Eastern North Carolina often return to put down roots. Combine that with a warm welcome from the folks “Down East” and it’s hard to imagine a better place to live and do business.


A variety of housing options can be found in Eastern North Carolina – from gated and golf communities to waterfront condos and rural farms. One constant in the varied eastern North Carolina housing market is the low cost of homes when compared to other areas of the country. The average home price in Kinston is approximately $115,000, compared to a national average of $275,000.


Lenoir County Public Schools serves approximately 9,500 students in grades K-12. Students in 11th and 12th grades can enroll in the rigorous International Baccalaureate pre-college curriculum. Additionally, the STEMEast initiative is being introduced throughout the school system to promote student achievement in science, technology, engineering, and math through experiential learning platforms designed with input from business and industry in Eastern North Carolina.

Lenoir Community College (LCC) serves students in Lenoir and surrounding counties with post-secondary educational opportunities aimed at building a competent, skilled workforce, including specialized programs in global logistics technology, pilot training and aerospace manufacturing. Customized industry training is also available through LCC for industries making investments in, and creating jobs in, Eastern North Carolina.

East Carolina University (ECU) in Greenville is the premier educational and research institution serving Eastern North Carolina. Academic programs run the gamut from theatre and dance to medicine and engineering and encompass a broad range of traditional and interdisciplinary majors. Offering both undergraduate and graduate degree programs, ECU academic programs make significant contributions to the economic vitality of Eastern North Carolina.


Lenoir Memorial Hospital, a not-for-profit, 261-bed facility in Kinston, offers quality inpatient, outpatient and preventative healthcare services for Lenoir County. 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, including cardiology, pulmonology, oncology, radiology, urology, thoracic and vascular surgery.

Vidant Health (previously University Health Systems of Eastern North Carolina) operates 10 hospitals throughout Eastern North Carolina. Its largest facility, Vidant Medical Center (formerly Pitt County Memorial Hospital), is one of four academic medical centers in North Carolina and serves as the teaching hospital for the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. It is an 861-bed facility employing over 7,500 health professionals who provide acute, intermediate, rehabilitation and outpatient services to over 1.4 million people.


Parks & Recreational Facilities

The Kinston-Lenoir County Park and Recreation Department maintains 25 recreational facilities that include parks, athletic fields, community centers, public pools and water parks, campgrounds and education centers.


Organized programs for all ages are available in many sports, including soccer, football, cheerleading, golf, basketball, baseball, tennis, softball, disc golf, gymnastics and swimming. Additionally, organized activities are available for seniors, the visually impaired and special needs populations.

Art and Culture

The Kinston Community Council for the Arts is at home in a 30,000 square-foot exhibit space featuring up to 300 works by local artists which rotate every six to eight weeks. The Council hosts classes and workshops in both the visual and performing arts for students of all ages and sponsors performances by local and international musical performers.

Historic tourism also plays a role in the local culture. Kinston and Lenoir County are home to the CSS Neuse State Historic Site, the CSS Neuse II, Caswell Center Museum, First Battle of Kinston Battlefield Park, Foscue Plantation, Harmony Hall and other sites of historic significance.

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The Lions Water Adventure opened in May 2013 and is the first water park in the U.S. with attractions designed to accommodate both sighted and visually impaired guests.

Lenoir Memorial Hospital provides acute and preventative care in a state-of-the-art care facility.