Gatesville, NC

Gatesville, situated in Gates County, is a small town made up of only .4 square miles.

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Gatesville and Gates county are named in honor of Revolutionary War hero, Horatio Gates.  


The median resident age in Gatesville is 43 years. The median estimated household income is about $53,000 making it about $5,000 more than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $24,000. The average price for a home in Gatesville is about $168,000 (2015) which is $8,000 more than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $1,000 a month for rent. 

The racial makeup of Gatesville is 79% White, 20% Black, and 1% Two or More Races. 90% of the population are high school graduates, with 29% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 60% are married, 7% are divorced, 4% are separated, 12% are widowed, leaving 17% that have never been married. 

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Gates County

Gatesville belongs to Gates County in the north-eastern part of North Carolina. The county, named after General Horatio Gates, is part of the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC Metropolitan Statistical Area. Gates County has a population of 12,200 it's largest town Gatesville, with a population of 320, is the county seat.

Gatesville County borders Pasquotank, Camden, Perquimans, Hertford, Chowan, and Southampton (Virginia) counties.

Gates County is made up of 346 square miles. 341.8 of which is land with the remaining 5.2 as water.


The population of Gatesville, NC is about 320. The population has seen an increase since 2000.


The elevation of Gatesville, NC is 20 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Gatesville, NC is 27938.

Area Code

The area code for Gatesville, NC is 252.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Gatesville and Gates County have voted mostly Democrat, with 52% going to Barrack Obama during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.

As of 2010, 47% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones), with 53% being Protestant.


The unemployment rate for Gatesville is about 5% (2015), making it roughly equal to the state average of around 5%.

Maintenance, production, and law enforcement make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald and The Gates County Index are the primary newspapers that cover the Gates County area.