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  5. Good for Families
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  7. Jobs
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Gastonia is a town in North Carolina with a population of 74,381. Gastonia is in Gaston County. Living in Gastonia offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Gastonia there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in Gastonia and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Gastonia are above average.
About Gastonia...
Population
74,381

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$140,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$806
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    45%
  • Own
    55%
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Gastonia Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    488.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    9.1
    6.1
  • Rape
    39.1
    40.7
  • Robbery
    181.1
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    807.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,775.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    382.8
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    17%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    33%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    27%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    15%
    13%

Working in Gastonia

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$43,985
National
$55,322
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I moved here from Los Angeles last October. I love it! Beautiful historic neighborhoods and historical downtown! Great restaurants, coffee shops, wine bars etc. History in abundance. Not far from the mountains and Charlotte airport can take you anywhere! Everything I need is here including wonderful people! This town is booming!
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I've lived in Gastonia since I was 2 years old. The best part of Gastonia is the location. It's close enough to work in Charlotte, NC and live in Gastonia. Not far from Charlotte Douglas International airport but far enough away that traffic isn't an issue, crime rates are lower as well as taxes.

The "nightlife" in Gastonia NC is non-existent. Yet again, Charlotte is plentyful in nightlife.

Finding low income housing is extremely difficult. Finding good housing PERIOD is difficult. There are a fair amount of blue collar jobs. But, finding a (white collar) CAREER, with a college degree you will certainly be commuting to Charlotte.

There are only a handful of decent schools in the whole county. And you have to be lucky enough to live in those districts to attend those schools.
If you are looking for an affordable place to live in the Charlotte area, Gastonia and the surrounding area are some of the only places left. The housing market here is hot and many new businesses have opened in the past few years. The town definitely has room for improvement, especially in public transportation and serving underserved neighborhoods, but there is so much growth potential. Downtown is also going through a growth spurt and is maturing at a steady pace. Growth has seeped into the western area of the city, but most growth is centered in the city's eastern shopping district and southeastern residential districts.