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High Shoals, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of High Shoals had a population of 759 as of July 1, 2020. High Shoals ranks in the lower 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 High Shoals is located at latitude 35.4026 and longitude -81.2023 in Gaston County. The formal boundaries for the City of High Shoals encompass a land area of 2.6 sq. miles and a water area of 0.06 sq. miles. Gaston County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 771 feet.

The City of High Shoals (GNIS ID: 2405829) 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 High Shoals is located within Township of Dallas, a minor civil division (MCD) of Gaston County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for High Shoals: Fullingwilder.


High Shoals, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 759 (100%)
Population in Households 759 (100.0%)
Population in Families 646 (85.1%)
Population in Group Quarters1 0
Population Density 292
Diversity Index2 28


Median Household Income $52,675
Average Household Income $68,934
% of Income for Mortgage4 10%
Per Capita Income $26,495
Wealth Index5 65


Total HU (Housing Units) 334 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 204 (61.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 92 (27.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 38 (11.4%)
Median Home Value $128,125
Average Home Value $232,108
Housing Affordability Index3 267


Total Households 296
Average Household Size 2.56
Family Households 220
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 0.63% 0.75%
Households 0.68% 0.73%
Families 1.08% 0.72%
Median Household Income   1.62%
Per Capita Income   2.2%
Owner Occupied HU   0.58%


High Shoals, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares High Shoals to the other 739 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 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 # 491 34th
Population Density # 578 22nd
Median Household Income # 259 65th
Housing Affordability Index # 632 86th
Per Capita Income # 307 59th
Diversity Index # 568 23rd

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