Stanley, NC

Stanley, situated in Gaston County, is a small town made up of 2.70 square miles.

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The town was settled as early as the mid-18th century.  


The median resident age in Stanley is 39 years. The median estimated household income is about $47,000 making it about $1,000 less than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $23,000. The average price for a home in Stanley is about $121,000 (2015) which is $39,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $750 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Stanley is 87% White, 10% Black, 1% Two or more races, and 2% other. 78% of the population are high school graduates, with 11% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 58% are married, 11% are divorced, 2% are separated, 9% are widowed, leaving 20% that have never been married.

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Gaston County

Stanley 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 Stanley, NC is about 3,550. The population has been steadily increasing since the 1950's.


The elevation of Stanley, NC is 863 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Stanley, NC is 28164.

Area Code

The area code for Stanley, NC is 704.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Stanley 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 54% are Protestants with Catholics making up around 3%.


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

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Gaston Gazette and Stanly News is the primary newspaper that covers the Gaston County area.


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