Gastonia, NC Profile: Facts, Map & Data

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Gastonia, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of Gastonia had a population of 75,109 as of July 1, 2016. Gastonia ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in North Carolina. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Gastonia is located at latitude 35.2499 and longitude -81.1861 in Gaston County. The formal boundaries for the City of Gastonia (see map below) encompass a land area of 51.56 sq. miles and a water area of 0.23 sq. miles. Gaston County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 804 feet.

The City of Gastonia (GNIS ID: 2403684) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Gastonia is located within Township of Gastonia, a minor civil division (MCD) of Gaston County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Gastonia population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.


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

POPULATION

Total Population 75,109
Population in Households 73,372
Population in Familes 59,063
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,737
Population Density1 1,457
Diversity Index2 63
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 29,064
Average Household Size 2.52
Family Households 19,157
Average Family Size 3

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 32,933 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 15,493 (47.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 13,572 (41.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 3,869 (11.7%)
Median Home Value $138,664
Average Home Value $171,476
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $40,167
Average Household Income $58,015
Per Capita Income $23,087
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)

GROWTH RATES

2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.64% 0.64%
Households 0.64% 0.66%
Families 0.36% 0.56%
Median Household Income   0.88%
Per Capita Income   1.46%
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.

Gastonia, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Gastonia to the other 739 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs 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 # 14 98th
Population Density1 # 85 88th
Diversity Index2 # 132 82nd
Median Household Income # 370 50th
Per Capita Income # 310 58th

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