Gaston County, North Carolina Population 2020

Gaston County, North Carolina's estimated population is 228,900 with a growth rate of 1.34% in the past year according to the most recent United States census data. Gaston County, North Carolina is the 10th largest county in North Carolina.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2020228,9003,0271.34%
2019225,8733,0271.36%
2018222,8463,0271.38%
2017219,8193,1031.43%
2016216,7163,7451.76%
2015212,9712,3981.14%
2014210,5731,3450.64%
2013209,2281,3260.64%
2012207,9021,0410.50%
2011206,8617560.37%
2010206,10531,01217.71%
1990175,09312,5257.70%
1980162,56814,1539.54%
1970148,41521,34116.79%
1960127,07416,23814.65%
1950110,83623,30526.62%
194087,5319,43812.09%
193078,09326,85152.40%
192051,24214,17938.26%
191037,0639,16032.83%
190027,90310,13957.08%
189017,7643,51024.62%
188014,2541,65213.11%
187012,6023,29535.40%
18609,3071,23415.29%
18508,0730.00%

Gaston County, North Carolina Population Growth

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White166,63676.94%
Black or African American34,61615.98%
Some Other Race5,7522.66%
Two or More Races5,3182.46%
Asian3,3581.55%
American Indian and Alaska Native7580.35%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1470.07%

Gaston County, North Carolina Population Pyramid 2020

Gaston County, North Carolina Median Age

40.1


Total

38.5


Male

41.3


Female

Gaston County, North Carolina Adults

There are 167,116 adults, (33,757 of whom are seniors) in Gaston County, North Carolina.

Gaston County, North Carolina Age Dependency

62.4

Age Dependency Ratio

25.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

37.1

Child Dependency Ratio

Gaston County, North Carolina Sex Ratio

Female

112,214

51.81%

Male

104,371

48.19%

Gaston County, North Carolina Households and Families

Gaston County, North Carolina Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Gaston County, North Carolina Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married82.1%17.9%
All66.3%33.7%
Non Family54.9%45.1%
Male51.9%48.1%
Female43.4%56.6%

66.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All81,4942.6266.3
Married39,4513.2282.1
Non Family26,6481.2254.9
Female11,2623.5343.4
Male4,1333.4651.9

3.21

Average Family Size

2.62

Average Household Size

5.8%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.3%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Gaston County, North Carolina Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade7,3714.94%
9th to 12th Grade15,41210.33%
High School Graduate46,01830.84%
Some College34,55123.16%
Associates Degree15,14410.15%
Bachelors Degree21,54314.44%
Graduate Degree9,1696.15%

Gaston County, North Carolina Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White115,20098,98124,125
Black22,34219,1164,024
Hispanic7,5154,9191,101
Other Race2,9251,791323
Asian2,1941,9171,053
Multiple Races1,5141,286364
Native American593376101
Islander9972

The highest rate of high school graduation is among asian people with a rate of 87.37%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 47.99%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$34,617$40,672$30,067
Less Than High School$22,179$26,125$15,206
High School Grad$29,760$34,437$24,650
Some College$33,501$41,950$28,360
Bachelors Degree$48,067$60,055$39,899
Graduate Degree$59,231$74,657$52,136

$34,617

Average Earnings

$40,672

Average Male

$30,067

Average Female

Gaston County, North Carolina Language

Gaston County, North Carolina Language by Age

Gaston County, North Carolina Language

91.83% of Gaston County, North Carolina residents speak only English, while 8.17% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.87% of the population.

Gaston County, North Carolina Poverty

Gaston County, North Carolina Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White155,92319,67012.62%
Black33,9568,04023.68%
Hispanic14,5513,76925.90%
Other5,7501,70629.67%
Multiple5,2371,32425.28%
Asian3,34736710.97%
Native73113919.02%

15.61%

Overall Poverty Rate

13.98%

Male Poverty Rate

17.12%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Gaston County, North Carolina

The race most likely to be in poverty in Gaston County, North Carolina is Other, with 29.67% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Gaston County, North Carolina is Asian, with 10.97% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.08%. Among those working part-time, it was 19.16%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 23.13%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School26.75%
High School15.11%
Some College9.77%
Bachelors or Greater5.29%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed39.37%
Male Unemployed35.85%
Female Employed8.40%
Male Employed5.67%

Gaston County, North Carolina Income

Gaston County, North Carolina Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$49,384$66,440
Families$61,391$77,187
Married Families$74,835$90,364
Non Families$27,637$40,826

Gaston County, North Carolina Marital Status

Gaston County, North Carolina Marital Status

Marriage Rates

48.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

50.8%

Male Marriage Rate

46.4%

Female Marriage Rate

Gaston County, North Carolina Married by Age and Sex

Gaston County, North Carolina 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 55-64.

Gaston County, North Carolina Marital Status by Race

Gaston County, North Carolina Veterans

13,233

Number of Veterans

12,206

Male Veterans

1,027

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam5,113
First Gulf War2,545
Second Gulf War2,210
Korea920
World War II457
Age Group Veterans
65 to 743,565
35 to 543,291
55 to 642,731
75+2,684
18 to 34962
Name Veterans % of Total
White11,2738.52%
Black1,6846.53%
Hispanic2262.51%
2 or More1406.58%
Asian612.40%
Other411.16%
Indian345.36%

$Gaston County, North Carolina Veterans by Education

7.61%

Veteran Poverty Rate

31.43%

Veteran Disability Rate

Gaston County, North Carolina Employment Status

61.3%

Labor Force Participation

57.1%

Employment Rate

6.7%

Unemployment Rate

Gaston County, North Carolina Place of Birth

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

67.82%

Born in North Carolina

94.46%

Native Born

5.54%

Foreign Born

3.21%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

94.46% of Gaston County, North Carolina residents were born in the United States, with 67.82% having been born in North Carolina. 3.21% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

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