Gastonia, North Carolina Population 2024

85,241

Gastonia is a city located in Gaston County North Carolina. Gastonia has a 2024 population of 85,241. It is also the county seat of Gaston County.Gastonia is currently growing at a rate of 1.54% annually and its population has increased by 5.86% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 80,524 in 2020.

The average household income in Gastonia is $79,358 with a poverty rate of 14.74%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Gastonia is 37.8 years, 35.2 years for males, and 38.9 years for females.

Gastonia Demographics

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

  • White: 58.17%
  • Black or African American: 29.81%
  • Two or more races: 6.67%
  • Other race: 3.71%
  • Asian: 1.18%
  • Native American: 0.34%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.11%
Land Area (mi²)
51.6 sq mi
Density (mi²)
1,650.50/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
5.86% (4,717)
The current population of Gastonia, North Carolina is 85,241 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 80,524.

Gastonia, North Carolina Population 2024

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Gastonia Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White46,89758.17%
Black or African American24,03129.81%
Two or more races5,3806.67%
Other race2,9903.71%
Asian9551.18%
Native American2730.34%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander890.11%
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White

Black or African American

Two or more races

Other race

Asian

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Gastonia Population by Race

Gastonia Population Pyramid 2024

Gastonia Median Age

37.8

Total

35.2

Male

38.9

Female

Gastonia Adults

There are 60,645 adults, (12,446 of whom are seniors) in Gastonia.

Gastonia Age Dependency

67.3

Age Dependency Ratio

25.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

41.4

Child Dependency Ratio

Gastonia Sex Ratio

Female41,76351.81%
Male38,85248.19%

Gastonia Population by Age

Gastonia Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All31,1512.5455.844.2
Married12,8073.2277.622.4
Non Family11,5911.2740.959.1
Female4,7243.4339.860.2
Male2,0293.4640.459.6
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3.18

Average Family Size

2.54

Average Household Size

55.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Gastonia Households and Families

Male

Female

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Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Gastonia Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Gastonia Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 94.41%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 39.24%.

Gastonia Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$41,056

Average Earnings

$46,378

Average Male

$35,152

Average Female

Gastonia Earnings by Educational Attainment

Gastonia Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Gastonia Language

88.8% of Gastonia residents speak only English, while 11.2% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 9.02% of the population.

Gastonia Language

Gastonia Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White41,9214,81811.49%
Black23,5834,18017.72%
Hispanic8,3091,77821.4%
Multiple5,2961,26823.94%
Other2,94135011.9%
Asian947919.61%
Native27320.73%
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14.74%

Overall Poverty Rate

13.55%

Male Poverty Rate

15.85%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Gastonia

The race most likely to be in poverty in Gastonia is Multiple, with 23.94% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Gastonia is Native, with 0.73% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.67%. Among those working part-time, it was 22.72%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 22.18%.

Gastonia Poverty

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade36.54%
High School15.61%
Some College9.41%
Bachelors or Greater3.43%
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Gastonia Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed33.52%
Male Unemployed26.89%
Male Employed8.09%
Female Employed7.63%
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Gastonia Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Gastonia Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

Gastonia Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

43.4%

Overall Marriage Rate

46.8%

Male Marriage Rate

40.4%

Female Marriage Rate

Gastonia Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Gastonia Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Gastonia Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Gastonia Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

4,621

Number of Veterans

4,309

Male Veterans

312

Female Veterans

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Gastonia Veterans by War

count

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Gastonia Veterans by Age

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Gastonia Veterans by Race

Gastonia Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

6.99%

Veteran Poverty Rate

37.43%

Veteran Disability Rate

Gastonia Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

64.2%

Labor Force Participation

60.5%

Employment Rate

5.6%

Unemployment Rate

Gastonia Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Gastonia Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Gastonia 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

63.25%

Born in Gastonia

93.41%

Native Born

6.59%

Foreign Born

3.37%

Non Citizen

3.22%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

93.41% of Gastonia residents were born in the United States, with 63.25% having been born in North Carolina. 3.37% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Gastonia Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
202991,7111,2941.43%
202890,4171,2941.45%
202789,1231,2941.47%
202687,8291,2941.5%
202586,5351,2941.52%
202485,2411,2941.54%
202383,9471,2941.57%
202282,6531,2941.59%
202181,3598351.04%
202080,5243,1774.11%
201977,3473630.47%
201876,9846160.81%
201776,3681,3551.81%
201675,0139641.3%
201574,0498361.14%
201473,2134010.55%
201372,8122930.4%
201272,5196360.88%
201171,8831670.23%
201071,7165,4398.21%
200066,27711,54521.09%
199054,7327,51415.91%
198047,218-104-0.22%
197047,32210,04626.95%
196037,27614,20761.58%
195023,0691,7568.24%
194021,3134,22024.69%
193017,0934,22232.8%
192012,8717,112123.49%
19105,7591,14924.92%
19004,610
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Gastonia Population by Year