Gaston, South Carolina Population 2024

1,639

Gaston is a city located in Calhoun County, Lexington County, and Orangeburg County South Carolina. Gaston has a 2024 population of 1,639. Gaston is currently growing at a rate of 0.43% annually and its population has increased by 1.74% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 1,611 in 2020.

The average household income in Gaston is $68,425 with a poverty rate of 24.03%. The median age in Gaston is 37.3 years: 35.6 years for males, and 38.8 years for females.

Gaston Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Gaston was:

  • White: 71.77%
  • Black or African American: 17.68%
  • Two or more races: 7.68%
  • Other race: 2.86%
  • Native American: 0%
  • Asian: 0%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0%
Land Area (mi²)
5.3 sq mi
Density (mi²)
308.40/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
1.74% (28)
The current population of Gaston, South Carolina is 1,639 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates (released May 2024). The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 1,611.

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White1,42971.77%
Black or African American35217.68%
Two or more races1537.68%
Other race572.86%
Native American00%
Asian00%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander00%

White

Black or African American

Two or more races

Other race

Native American

Asian

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Gaston Population by Race

Gaston Population Pyramid 2024

Gaston Median Age

37.3

Total

35.6

Male

38.8

Female

Gaston Adults

There are 1,531 adults, (204 of whom are seniors) in Gaston.

Gaston Age Dependency

50

Age Dependency Ratio

15.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

34.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Gaston Sex Ratio

Female90645.5%
Male1,08554.5%

Gaston Population by Age

Gaston Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All8222.4268.131.9
Married2982.7585.614.4
Non Family2871.2277.722.3
Female1343.4435.164.9
Male1033.53466

2.83

Average Family Size

2.42

Average Household Size

68.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Gaston Households and Families

Male

Female

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Education Attained
Count
Percentage
9th to 12th Grade14811.13%
Associates Degree17813.38%
Bachelors Degree1198.95%
Graduate Degree423.16%
High School Graduate54140.68%
Less Than 9th Grade544.06%
Some College24818.65%

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Gaston Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Gaston Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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Race
Total
High School
Bachelors
White967811124
Hispanic16813314
Black15515120
2+ Races897017
Other Race50270

The highest rate of high school graduation is among black people with a rate of 97.42%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among 2+ races people with a rate of 19.1%.

Gaston Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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Name
Average
Male
Female
Bachelors Degree$0$0$29,722
Graduate Degree$25,875$0$26,750
High School Graduate$36,275$36,480$33,125
Less Than 9th Grade$28,824$29,191$0
Overall$34,980$36,454$32,734
Some College$35,903$45,588$33,698

$34,980

Average Earnings

$36,454

Average Male

$32,734

Average Female

Gaston Earnings by Educational Attainment

Gaston Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Gaston Language

87.57% of Gaston residents speak only English, while 12.43% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 12.43% of the population.

Gaston Language

Gaston Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White1,30329522.64%
Black35215945.17%
Hispanic238145.88%
Multiple15374.58%

24.03%

Overall Poverty Rate

20.65%

Male Poverty Rate

28.14%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Gaston

The race most likely to be in poverty in Gaston is Black, with 45.17% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Gaston is Multiple, with 4.58% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 6.89%. Among those working part-time, it was 33.92%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 24.46%.

Gaston Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade26.24%
High School19.41%
Some College12.44%
Bachelors or Greater6.21%

Gaston Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed30.77%
Female Employed17.32%
Male Employed9.26%
Male Unemployed0%

Gaston Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Gaston Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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Name
Median
Mean
Families$58,702$72,577
Households$55,625$68,425
Married Families$84,265$-999,999,999
Non Families$41,563$52,448

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Gaston Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

40.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

36.2%

Male Marriage Rate

44.8%

Female Marriage Rate

Gaston Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Gaston Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 45-54, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

Gaston Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Gaston Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

146

Number of Veterans

114

Male Veterans

32

Female Veterans

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War
Veterans
Vietnam61
First Gulf War52
Second Gulf War15
Korea4
World War II0

Gaston Veterans by War

count

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Age Group
Veterans
65 to 7449
35 to 5441
55 to 6437
18 to 3411
75+8

Gaston Veterans by Age

count

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Name
Veterans
% of Total
White13811.94%
Hispanic198.64%
2+ Races86.35%

Gaston Veterans by Race

Gaston Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

6.85%

Veteran Poverty Rate

42.47%

Veteran Disability Rate

Gaston Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

67.6%

Labor Force Participation

66%

Employment Rate

1.9%

Unemployment Rate

Gaston Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Gaston Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Gaston Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

61.23%

Born in Gaston

90.96%

Native Born

9.04%

Foreign Born

9.04%

Non Citizen

0%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

90.96% of Gaston residents were born in the United States, with 61.23% having been born in South Carolina. 9.04% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Gaston Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
20291,67470.42%
20281,66770.42%
20271,66070.42%
20261,65370.43%
20251,64670.43%
20241,63970.43%
20231,63290.55%
20221,62320.12%
20211,621100.62%
20201,611-98-5.73%
20191,709140.83%
20181,69570.41%
20171,68800%
20161,68890.54%
20151,679120.72%
20141,66780.48%
20131,65940.24%
20121,655181.1%
20111,63730.18%
20101,63400%

Gaston Population by Year