Gastonia, situated in Gaston County, is a city made up of 50.7 square miles.
June 30, 2017
Gastonia is named in honor of former North Carolina Supreme Court member, William Gaston.
In 1929, the Loray Mill strike took place, which played a hand in empowering the labor movement.
The median resident age in Gastonia is 37 years. The median estimated household income is about $43,000 making it about $5,000 less than the North Carolina average.
The estimated per capita is about $23,000. The average price for a home in Gastonia is about $134,000 (2015) which is $26,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $800 a month for rent.
The racial makeup of Gastonia is 57% White, 29% Black, 2% Two or more races, and 12% other.
85% of the population are high school graduates, with 23% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher.
45% are married, 13% are divorced, 3% are separated, 6% are widowed, leaving 34% that have never been married.
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Gastonia 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 Gastonia, NC is about 75,000. The population has been steadily increasing since the 1980's.
The elevation of Gastonia, NC is 797 feet above sea level.
The zip codes for Gastonia, NC are 28052, 28054, 28086, and 28098.
The area codes for Gastonia, NC are 704 and 980.
Historically speaking Gastonia 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 53% are Protestants with Catholics and other religions making up around 4%.
The unemployment rate for Gastonia is about 6% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%.
Production, management, administration, and food preparation make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.
Gaston Gazette is the primary newspaper that covers the Gaston County area.