High Shoals, NC

High Shoals, situated in Gaston County, is a small town made up of 2.7 square miles.

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The town was incorporated in 1973. It was home to High Shoals Iron Works during the late 18th and early 19th century, a company which produced cannonballs that were used by the US Army during the War of 1812.  


The median resident age in High Shoals is 46 years. The median estimated household income is about $30,000 making it about $18,000 less than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $20,000. The average price for a home in High Shoals is about $90,000 (2015) which is $70,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $600 a month for rent. 

The racial makeup of High Shoals is 84% White, 7% Black, 3% Two or more races, and 6% other. 72% of the population are high school graduates, with 9% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 54% are married, 8% are divorced, 2% are separated, 9% are widowed, leaving 27% that have never been married.

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Gaston County

High Shoals 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 High Shoals, NC is about 700. The population has been steadily increasing since its founding, but has seen a decrease since 2000.


The elevation of High Shoals, NC is 761 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for High Shoals, NC is 28077.

Area Code

The area code for High Shoals, NC is 704.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking High Shoals 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 making up around 4%.


The unemployment rate for High Shoals is about 6% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%. Production, construction, and maintenance make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

Gaston Gazette, Lincoln Times-News, and Lincoln Herald are the primary newspapers that cover the Gaston County area.