Cherryville, NC

Cherryville, situated in Gaston County, is a small town made up of 5.5 square miles.

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The town was originally called "White Pine" when it was settled around 1792 by Dutch, Scots-Irish, and German settlers after land grants made by King George III of England.  

In 1881, the town was officially named Cherryville after train engineers began to refer to the town as such because of the cherry trees planted alongside the train tracks. A head on collision between trains occurred in the town on July 13, 1966, leaving three people injured and one dead.


The median resident age in Cherryville is 44 years. The median estimated household income is about $45,000 making it about $3,000 less than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $25,000. The average price for a home in Cherryville is about $110,000 (2013) which is $50,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $800 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Cherryville is 50% White, 41% Black, 5% Two or more races, and 4% other. 85% of the population are high school graduates, with 18% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 55% are married, 10% are divorced, 2% are separated, 9% are widowed, leaving 24% that have never been married.

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Gaston County

Cherryville 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 Cherryville, NC is about 6,000. The population has been steadily increasing since the 1990's.


The elevation of Cherryville, NC is 1,007 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Cherryville, NC is 28021.

Area Code

The area code for Cherryville, NC is 704.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Cherryville and Gaston County have voted mostly Republican, with 60% 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 unaffiliated (Nones). About 54% are Protestants with Catholics making up around 3%.


The unemployment rate for Cherryville is about 6% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%. Manufacturing, retail, and transportation make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Gaston Gazette is the primary newspaper that cover the Gaston County area.