McAdenville, NC

McAdenville, situated in Gaston County, is a small town made up of 1.5 square miles.

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The town was nicknamed Christmas Town USA, named after the event of the same name in which hundreds of trees are lit along with hundreds of wreaths being hung on light poles throughout the city. The event was started in 1956, and continues to this day. The event serves as a huge tourist attraction for the town.  

The town was incorporated in 1881. McAdenville was named in honor of Rufus McAden, who served as speaker of the house in the North Carolina House of Representatives in 1866.  


The median resident age in McAdenville is 46 years. The median estimated household income is about $58,000 making it about $10,000 more than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $28,000. The average price for a home in McAdenville is about $151,000 (2015) which is $9,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $900 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of McAdenville is 86% White, 6% Hispanic, 1% Two or more races, and 7% other. 84% of the population are high school graduates, with 31% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 57% are married, 13% are divorced, 5% are separated, 6% are widowed, leaving 19% that have never been married.

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Gaston County

McAdenville 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 McAdenville, NC is about 650. The population has been steadily decreasing since the 1950s.


The elevation of McAdenville, NC is 571 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for McAdenville, NC is 28101.

Area Code

The area code for McAdenville, NC is 704.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking McAdenville 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 McAdenville is about 6% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%.

Manufacturing, public administration, and construction make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Gaston Gazette and Charlotte Observer are the primary newspapers that cover the Gaston County area.