Gaston County NC Information


Gaston County Subdivisions

Gaston County NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 214,005
Population in Households 210,717
Population in Familes 174,038
Population in Group Qrtrs 3,288
Population Density1 601
Diversity Index2 47


Total Households 83,053
Average Household Size 2.54
Family Households 57,679
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 92,670 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 53,970 (58.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 29,083 (31.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 9,617 (10.4%)
Median Home Value $134,251
Average Home Value $174,276


Median Household Income $43,674
Average Household Income $60,693
Per Capita Income $23,917
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.61% 0.66%
Households 0.63% 0.67%
Families 0.49% 0.59%
Median Household Income   1.72%
Per Capita Income   1.65%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.


Gaston County NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Gaston County to the other 100 counties and county equivalents in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 10 91st
Population Density1 # 7 94th
Diversity Index2 # 56 45th
Median Household Income # 36 65th
Per Capita Income # 31 70th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE North Carolina Census Data Comparison Tool.