Lenoir County, North Carolina

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Lenoir County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of 2000, the population was 59,648, and estimated to be 57,961 in 2005.[1] Its county seat is Kinston[2], located on the Neuse River, across which the county has its territory.



The county was formed by European Americans in 1791 from the southern part of Dobbs County. It was named for William Lenoir (1751-1839), an officer in the American Revolutionary War who took part in the Battle of Kings Mountain. He was a prominent political leader; when the county was established, he was serving as Speaker of the North Carolina Senate.

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 402 square miles (1,041 km²), of which, 400 square miles (1,036 km²) of it is land and 2 square miles (6 km²) of it (0.56%) is 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.

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