Welcome to Kenly!

Located right along I-95, Kenly might seem like just another small town—but it's actually home to plenty of exciting opportunities. Kenly's population has increased by almost 20% since 2010, mostly due to the area's top schools, plentiful job opportunities, and stunning homes.

If you want to really live like a local, take some time to stroll down Kenly's picturesque downtown, where you'll find plenty of locally-owned shops and restaurants. And whenever you're ready to explore a bit, Kenly is just minutes away from larger towns like Smithfield, Selma, and Wilson.

Want to learn more about life in this quaint community? Here are a few details you should know!

$220,000 Median Sale Price

$995 Median Rent

The Homes

Kenly features both new and existing homes that tend to come with a lot of land and a lower-than-average price tag.

The Commute

Kenly's proximity to I-95 makes it ideal for commuters traveling to Smithfield, Selma, Wilson, or even Raleigh.

The Schools

Younger residents of Kenly are primarily served by Johnston County Schools, although some may also attend Wilson County Schools.

Homes for Sale in Kenly

Kenly by the Numbers


Population: 1,547
County: Johnston & Wilson
Zip Code: 27542

Travel & Commute

Smithfield: 18 minutes
Raleigh: 46 minutes
Major Roads: I-95, US-301, US-70 

Where Is Kenly?

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Parks and Recreation

It's easy to get outside when you live in Kenly! Grady Park is one of the most popular destinations in town, and it offers everything from a full playground to a shaded picnic area that's perfect for a weekend afternoon of fun. The town also offers year-round athletic programming for children and adults.


Don't be fooled by Kenly's size—this town actually has plenty of unique attractions that you'll want to explore. Start out by heading to the Tobacco Farm Life Museum, which celebrates that town's agricultural heritage and traditional trades like blacksmithing and weaving. Other top spots include Sonlight Farms and the Southern National Motorsports Park.

Shopping and Dining

Head into Downtown Kenly to explore some of the area's top-rated shops and eateries. If you're looking for recommendations, you can't go wrong by shopping at Lou's Fashion or enjoying some Southern-style pulled pork at Stormin Norman's Barbeque. The nearby Kenly 95 Truck Stop also has plenty of larger chains that you know and love.

Find Your New Niche

If you're thinking of making a move to Kenly, we'd love to help you explore all of your options! Contact the Beth Hines Team today for more information—we're excited to jumpstart your real estate journey.

Selling a home? We can help with that, too!

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