C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    C-
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    C+
  5. Good for Families
    C+
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C+
  12. Commute
    B

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$78,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$832
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    34%
  • Own
    66%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    120
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    0
    41
  • Robbery
    120
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    842
    500
  • Theft
    1,805
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    241
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$42,308
National
$55,322
Children
17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    3%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    10%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    35%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    37%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    16%
    13%
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I have lived in the Gaston/Swansea area since I was 3 months old. I love the quiet and the isolation from busy city life. Being in these small towns gives you a very close connection with nature and wildlife, and at times the town can be a very beautiful place to be. Small town life also gives you the advantage of feeling like one big family. Everybody knows everybody, and while there are conflicts we can usually manage to get along. Unfortunately, it is a very poor, small town in a very poor school district. The schools do the best that they can with what they have, but the poverty of our district prohibits our public school officials from providing the best education possible to the children of Gaston and Swansea.
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It's a small town with great people. Neighbors help each other in time of need, without asking and sometimes just because. I've seen a lot of people "pay it forward" and the chain reaction was phenomenal. It's rare to see a community get together for different events, support one another and display the amount of human compassion that I have witnessed here. It's a excellent place to live, start a family or a great place to relocate or retire. It's a hole on the map kinda town but makes South Carolina a great place.
Been living in Gaston for about 5 years and my family and I love it. I grew up in the country so I feel right at home in the Gaston area. We are not far from anything as both I77 and I26 are minutes away from our house. I recommend anyone that likes quiet, safe neighborhoods to migrate to the Gaston.