Belmont, situated in Gaston County, is a small town made up of 10 square miles....
August 10, 2016
The Belmont area community originated as a fort built in the 1750's due to tensions between the early settlers and the natives, but they were never attacked.
Founded by Jasper Stowe in 1853, the Stowesville Mill was one of the first of three cotton mills in Gaston County. It was located at the South Point Community which is about 2 miles south of modern-day downtown Belmont. In 1871, a depot was made in the area by Atlanta and Richmond Air-Line Railway, the Gabribaldi Station. Gabribaldi Station name was changed to Belmont in 1883, and was incorporated in 1885 as the Town of Belmont.
The median resident age in Belmont is 39 years. The median estimated household income is about $54,000 making it about $9,000 more than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $33,000. The average price for a home in Belmont is about $151,000 (2013) which is $4,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $730 a month for rent.
The racial makeup of Belmont is 82% White, 9% Black, 4% Asian, 4% Hispanic, and 1% Two or more races. 87% of the population are high school graduates, with 34% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 48% are married, 13% are divorced, 3% are separated, 6% are widowed, leaving 30% that have never been married.
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Belmont belongs to Gaston County in the eastern part of North Carolina. The County, named after William Gaston (past member of NC Supreme Court), is part of the Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metropolitan Statistical Area. Gaston County has a population of 206,000 and its largest city Gastonia, with a population of 72,000, is the county seat.
Immigrants who first arrived in the county were mainly English, Scots Irish, and Pennsylvania Dutch. The early settlers built a fort("Fort at the Point") where the South Fork and Catawba Rivers connect because of tensions with the Cherokee Indians, but were never attacked. Most of the hostilities ended when the controversy of land boundaries between North and South Carolina resolved, and the Catawba tribe moved to a reservation in South Carolina.
Gaston County borders Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Cleveland, and York Counties.
Gaston County is made up of 364 square miles. 356 of which is land with the remaining 8 as water.
The Population of Belmont, NC is about 520.
The elevation of Belmont, NC is 702 feet above sea level.
The zip code for Belmont, NC is 28012.
The area code for Belmont, NC is 704.
Historically speaking Belmont and Gaston County have voted mostly Republican, with 62% going to Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.
As of 2010, 43% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 54% are protestants with Catholics making up around 3%.
The unemployment rate for Belmont is around 5% (2015), making it the same as the state average of around 5%. Retail, manufacturing, finance/insurance, and education make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.