Introduction to Gastonia, North Carolina

Gastonia, North Carolina, in Gaston county, is 19 miles W of Charlotte, North Carolina. Gastonia is included in the Charlotte metropolitan area. The city is home to the headquarters of Parkdale Mills, which is one of the largest producers of spun yard in the world. The municipality still includes a manufacturing workforce. Wix Filtration Corp., Freightliner LLC, Stabilus and Curtiss-Wright are some of the major companies located in the city.

Gastonia and nearby Attractions

  • The Schiele Museum of Natural History features natural specimens as well as cultural artifacts. It also includes a nature trail, a farm, grist mill and a Catawba Indian Village.
  • Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is situated in a large acreage and features meadows and wooded areas.
  • Belmont Abbey Players.
  • Cherryville Little Theatre.
  • Gaston Choral Society.
  • Belmont Community Theatre.
  • Gaston County Museum of Art and History is situated in the historic Hoffman Hotel and includes one of the biggest collections of carriages in the nation.
  • Little Theatre of Gastonia.
  • The Gastonia Grizzlies play baseball in the Coastal Plain League.
  • The Gastonia Gargoyles play rugby.
  • The downtown includes a large number of historic buildings.
  • Carolina Harley-Davidson Museum.

Gastonia Activities

The U.S. National Whitewater Center provides opportunities for whitewater rafting, kayaking and canoeing. The popular Crowder's Mountain State Park includes the notable King's Pinnacle, opportunities for fishing and several trails and campgrounds. Golf enthusiasts enjoy the area's golf courses including the Crowder's Mountain Golf Course and the Linwood Springs Golf Club. The Nearby Lake Wylie includes a marina. Fishing can be enjoyed at Robinwood Lake and Cook's Fishing Lake. King's Mountain includes a loop trail around a former battlefield site. Paramount's Carowinds Water and Theme Park features thrilling rides, concerts and special events.

Higher Education

Belmont Abbey College and Gaston College are nearby.

Gastonia Transportation

The Charlotte Area Transit System provides service to Charlotte. The Amtrak Crescent connects Gastonia with major cities including Charlotte, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Baltimore and other locations. The Charlotte/Douglas International Airport is nearby.


Total Population 73,211
Male Share of the Population 47.9%
Female Share of the Population 52.1%
Senior Citizens 13.6%
Employed Population 16+ 30,586
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 42.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 22.5%
Median Earnings25+ $30,073
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,607
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,518


Median Family Income $48,306
% Above Poverty Level 79.2%
% Below Poverty Level 20.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 3.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.9%


People Living Alone 28%
Median Gross Rent $770
Median House Value $137,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 46.3%
US/American 0%
English 7.3%
Irish 8.1%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Gastonia Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 19 miles W of Charlotte, North Carolina
County Gaston
Metro Area Charlotte - Gastonia - Rock Hill
Standard Zip Codes 28052, 28054, 28056
P.O. Box Zip Codes 28053, 28055
Phone Area Codes 704
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.261
Longitude -81.187

Gastonia Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 3.1 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 50 F
Apr Temp 47 to 72 F
Jul Temp 69 to 89 F
Oct Temp 48 to 72 F
Annual Precip 44.8 inches
Distance 22.2 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 51 F
Apr Temp 43 to 71 F
Jul Temp 66 to 88 F
Oct Temp 45 to 72 F
Annual Precip 48.3 inches
Distance 24.3 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 52 F
Apr Temp 49 to 74 F
Jul Temp 70 to 90 F
Oct Temp 51 to 73 F
Annual Precip 48.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Gastonia, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Boogertown (28052)

Crowders (28052)

Groves (28052)

Pinkney (28052)

Ragan Village (28054)

Ridge (28052)

Smyre (28052)

Victory (28052)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bessemer City 5,455 $44,410
Cramerton 4,245 $81,853
Dallas 4,540 $50,163
Lowell 3,594 $60,820
McAdenville 660 $64,583
Ranlo 3,496 $48,125

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Gastonia Public Libraries

Gaston-lincoln Regional Library
Gastonia, North Carolina
(704) 868-2167
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Gastonia Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(704) 834-2000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 16.4

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Student/teacher ratio: 16.6

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Student/teacher ratio: 15.3

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Serves 534 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.9

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