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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    C+
Gaston County is located in North Carolina with a population of 214,049. Living in Gaston County offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Gaston County there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families live in Gaston County and residents tend to be conservative. The public schools in Gaston County are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$130,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$768
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    35%
  • Own
    65%
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Gaston County Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    419.7
    282.7
  • Murder
    5.4
    6.1
  • Rape
    30.4
    40.7
  • Robbery
    158.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    650.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,379.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    271.1
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    15%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    6%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    15%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    33%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    31%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    16%
    13%

Working in Gaston County

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$46,626
National
$55,322

Gaston County Reviews

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I have lived in Gaston County for most of my life. While it has its fair share of flaws, it also has some great benefits. It is home to Gastonia, a city of approximately 75,000 with a diverse array of chains, local shops, and restaurants. Charlotte is conveniently located within an hour of any part of Gaston County. I would describe most of the county as very safe. While particular areas have certain issues, the county as a whole is safe. The county has great access to outdoors and recreational activities, including Crowders Mountain State Park, the US National Whitewater Center, and Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. The county as a whole is not all that diverse, aside from the cities of Gastonia and Mount Holly. The schools are decent, though there is definitely room for improvement. If you're looking for an affordable area in the Charlotte region, Gaston County simply cannot be beaten.
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I'm a homeschooled high school student, so I don't have a ton of experience. I've lived here my entire life, and I'd say it's a perfectly fine place to live. There is a range of houses and neighborhoods and quite a few shopping options. There are several colleges nearby, though maybe not in Gaston County itself, and several schools. One thing that is important to me is the good sized community of homeschoolers, with several different co-ops and groups. There are also quite a few churches of different denominations. We've never been broken into, but we have had stuff stolen out of our yard before. Over all, Gaston County is a pretty decently average, but not a bad place.
Gaston County is a very safe and family friendly place to live. I like that there are many new restaurants coming into town. I would recommend adding a few more exciting this to do, especially for teenagers and young adults.