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Kenly, known as "Friendly Kenly," is a town in Johnstonmarker and Wilsonmarker counties in the U.S. state of North Carolinamarker. The population was 1,569 at the 2000 census.


Kenly is located at (35.592967, -78.127360) .

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.5 square miles (3.9 km²), all land.

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As of the census of 2000, there were 1,569 people, 671 households, and 414 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,035.1 people per square mile (398.5/km²). There were 754 housing units at an average density of 497.4/sq mi (191.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 55.32% White, 40.60% African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 2.29% from other races, and 1.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.57% of the population.

There were 671 households out of which 32.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.8% were married couples living together, 20.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.2% were non-families. 34.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the town the population was spread out with 28.1% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 29.1% from 25 to 44, 20.4% from 45 to 64, and 13.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 90.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $20,865, and the median income for a family was $33,214. Males had a median income of $24,250 versus $17,917 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,181. About 23.3% of families and 25.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.5% of those under age 18 and 19.3% of those age 65 or over.


  • Glendale-Kenly Elementary School
  • North Johnston High School


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