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Overview

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population73,877
Male Share of the Population47.2%
Female Share of the Population52.8%
Senior Citizens14.1%
Employed Population 16+31,584
Age of the Population37

Families

% of people married43.5%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher23.9%
Median Earnings25+$30,819
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$18,595
Median Earnings With High School Degree$25,056

Wealth

Median Family Income$51,019
% Above Poverty Level80%
% Below Poverty Level20%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time23 minutes
% Working from Home3.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.2%
% Using Public Transportation0.7%

Housing

People Living Alone29.1%
Median Gross Rent$781
Median House Value$135,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)42.1%
German10%
Irish8.7%
English7%
Italian2.1%
Scottish2%
French Except Basque1.6%
Dutch1.3%
Polish0.9%
African0.7%
Swedish0.5%
Norwegian0.4%
Arab0.3%
West Indian0.3%
Welsh0.3%
Russian0.3%
Jamaican0.2%
Jordanian0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Slovak0.1%
Ghanaian0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
Greek0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
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Gastonia Almanac

CategoryValue
County Gaston County
Standard Zip Codes28052, 28054, 28056
P.O. Box Zip Codes28053, 28055
Phone Area Codes704,980
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude35.21
Approximate Longitude-81.23

Gastonia Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationGASTONIA
Distance3.1 miles
Jan Temp29 to 50 F
Apr Temp47 to 72 F
Jul Temp69 to 89 F
Oct Temp48 to 72 F
Annual Precip44.8 inches
StationNINETY NINE ISLANDS
Distance22.2 miles
Jan Temp27 to 51 F
Apr Temp43 to 71 F
Jul Temp66 to 88 F
Oct Temp45 to 72 F
Annual Precip48.3 inches
StationWINTHROP UNIVERSITY
Distance24.3 miles
Jan Temp33 to 52 F
Apr Temp49 to 74 F
Jul Temp70 to 90 F
Oct Temp51 to 73 F
Annual Precip48.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bessemer City5,462$45,756
Cramerton4,292$90,500
Dallas4,602$49,605
Lowell3,616$62,217
McAdenville653$67,083
Ranlo3,535$48,125

Gastonia Public Libraries

Gaston County Public Library
1555 EAST GARRISON BOULEVARD
Gastonia, North Carolina
(704) 868-2164

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Gastonia Hospitals

Caromont Regional Medical Center
(Non-profit)
2525 Court Drive
(704) 834-2121

Gastonia Public Schools

Chapel Grove Elementary
5201 Lewis Road
ZIP: 28052
(704) 866-6077
Primary
Total Enrollment 445
Edward D Sadler Jr Elementary School
3950 West Franklin Boulevard
ZIP: 28052
(704) 862-5895
Primary
Total Enrollment 577
Forest Heights Elementary
1 Learning Place
ZIP: 28052
(704) 866-6079
Primary
Total Enrollment 411
H H Beam Elementary
200 Davis Park Road
ZIP: 28052
(704) 866-6618
Primary
Total Enrollment 592
Highland Sch Of Technology
1600 N Morris Street
ZIP: 28052
(704) 810-8816
High
Total Enrollment 555
Hunter Huss High
1518 Edgefield Avenue
ZIP: 28052
(704) 866-6610
High
Total Enrollment 1148
Lingerfeldt Elementary
1601 Madison Street
ZIP: 28052
(704) 866-6094
Primary
Total Enrollment 494
Pleasant Ridge Elementary
937 S Miller Street
ZIP: 28052
(704) 866-6096
Primary
Total Enrollment 303
Rhyne Elementary
1900 W Davidson Avenue
ZIP: 28052
(704) 866-6098
Primary
Total Enrollment 478
Southwest Middle
1 Roadrunner Drive
ZIP: 28052
(704) 866-6290
Middle
Total Enrollment 867
Webb Street School
1623 N Webb Street
ZIP: 28052
(704) 864-9667
Other
Total Enrollment 152
Woodhill Elementary
1027 Woodhill Drive
ZIP: 28052
(704) 866-6295
Primary
Total Enrollment 470
York Chester Middle
601 S Clay Street
ZIP: 28052
(704) 866-6297
Middle
Total Enrollment 389
Ashbrook High
2222 S New Hope Road
ZIP: 28054
(704) 866-6600
High
Total Enrollment 1436
Brookside Elementary
1925 Auten Rd.
ZIP: 28054
(704) 866-6283
Primary
Total Enrollment 551
Gardner Park Elementary
738 Armstrong Park Road
ZIP: 28054
(704) 866-6082
Primary
Total Enrollment 668
Hawks Nest Intermediate
3430 Robinwood Rd
ZIP: 28054
(704) 866-8467
Middle
Total Enrollment 154
Sherwood Elementary
1744 Dixon Road
ZIP: 28054
(704) 866-6609
Primary
Total Enrollment 659
W P Grier Middle School
1622 E Garrison Boulevard
ZIP: 28054
(704) 866-6086
Middle
Total Enrollment 679
Warlick Academy
1316 Spencer Mountain Road
ZIP: 28054
(704) 824-3012
Other
Total Enrollment 103
Forestview High
5545 Union Road
ZIP: 28056
(704) 861-2625
High
Total Enrollment 1143
New Hope Elementary
137 Stowe Road
ZIP: 28056
(704) 824-1617
Primary
Total Enrollment 542
Piedmont Community Charter School
2970 South New Hope Rd
ZIP: 28056
(704) 853-2428
Other
Total Enrollment 1225
Robinson Elementary
3122 S Union Road
ZIP: 28056
(704) 866-6607
Primary
Total Enrollment 362
W A Bess Elementary School
4340 Beaty Road
ZIP: 28056
(704) 866-6075
Primary
Total Enrollment 551

Gastonia Private Schools

St Michael's Catholic School
704 Saint Michaels Ln
ZIP: 28052
Elementary
Total Enrollment 181
Victory Christian Academy
310 Carolina Ave
ZIP: 28052
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 90
First Wesleyan Christian School
208a S Church St
ZIP: 28054
Elementary
Total Enrollment 162
Faith Christian Academy
826 Stanley Spencer Mtn Rd
ZIP: 28056
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 10
Gaston Christian School
1625 Lowell Bethesda Rd
ZIP: 28056
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 733
Gaston Day School
2001 Gaston Day School Rd
ZIP: 28056
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 459
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