Gaston County, North Carolina Population 2021

Gaston County, North Carolina's estimated population is 228,327 with a growth rate of 0.84% in the past year according to the most recent United States census data. Gaston County, North Carolina is the 11th largest county in North Carolina. The 2010 Population was 206,114 and has seen a growth of 10.78% since this time.

Note: 2020 and 2021 data is projected
Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2021228,3271,8990.84%
2020226,4281,8990.85%
2019224,5291,8990.85%
2018222,6302,9741.35%
2017219,6563,0341.40%
2016216,6223,7031.74%
2015212,9192,3741.13%
2014210,5451,3330.64%
2013209,2121,3090.63%
2012207,9031,0170.49%
2011206,8867720.37%
2010206,11431,02117.72%
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%
2021 Growth Rate
0.84%
County Website
Founded
December 21, 1846
County Seat
2010 Population
206,114
Growth Since 2010
10.78%
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Gaston County, North Carolina Population Growth

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White168,95977.05%
Black or African American35,82416.34%
Two or More Races5,6172.56%
Some Other Race4,5902.09%
Asian3,3571.53%
American Indian and Alaska Native7060.32%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander2180.10%
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Gaston County, North Carolina Population by Race

Gaston County, North Carolina Population Pyramid $2021

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Gaston County, North Carolina Median Age

40.1


Total

38.5


Male

41.2


Female

Gaston County, North Carolina Adults

There are 169,463 adults, (34,717 of whom are seniors) in Gaston County, North Carolina.

Gaston County, North Carolina Age Dependency

62.7

Age Dependency Ratio

25.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

37

Child Dependency Ratio

Gaston County, North Carolina Sex Ratio

Female

113,516

51.77%

Male

105,755

48.23%

Gaston County, North Carolina Population by Age

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

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Gaston County, North Carolina Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married80.6%19.4%
All65.3%34.7%
Non Family54%46%
Male50.7%49.3%
Female43.5%56.5%

65.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Gaston County, North Carolina Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All83,7352.5865.3
Married40,5333.1980.6
Non Family27,3341.2354
Female11,5003.3843.5
Male4,3683.3350.7

3.14

Average Family Size

2.58

Average Household Size

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Gaston County, North Carolina Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade7,0944.68%
9th to 12th Grade15,90310.49%
High School Graduate46,49930.68%
Some College34,40722.70%
Associates Degree15,48010.21%
Bachelors Degree22,36014.75%
Graduate Degree9,8136.47%
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Gaston County, North Carolina Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Gaston County, North Carolina Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White116,10499,99125,031
Black23,29519,7674,369
Hispanic7,8815,2121,049
Other Race2,4401,456217
Asian2,2341,9741,170
2+ Races1,7241,434430
Native American564366146
Islander1189332

The highest rate of high school graduation is among asian people with a rate of 88.36%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 52.37%.

Gaston County, North Carolina Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$36,455$42,440$31,045
Less Than 9th Grade$22,650$27,487$16,362
High School Graduate$30,426$35,375$24,852
Some College$35,259$44,171$30,249
Bachelors Degree$51,136$60,719$43,001
Graduate Degree$58,744$70,797$52,705

$36,455

Average Earnings

$42,440

Average Male

$31,045

Average Female

Gaston County, North Carolina Earnings by Educational Attainment

Gaston County, North Carolina Language by Age

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Gaston County, North Carolina Language

91.84% of Gaston County, North Carolina residents speak only English, while 8.16% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.89% of the population.

Gaston County, North Carolina Language

Gaston County, North Carolina Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White156,60218,35711.72%
Black35,0987,41421.12%
Hispanic15,1933,80625.05%
Other4,5151,48732.93%
Multiple5,5411,44626.10%
Asian3,3542096.23%
Native68011917.50%

14.45%

Overall Poverty Rate

12.76%

Male Poverty Rate

16.02%

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 32.93% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Gaston County, North Carolina is Asian, with 6.23% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.86%. Among those working part-time, it was 17.83%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 22.03%.

Gaston County, North Carolina Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade26.02%
High School14.08%
Some College8.93%
Bachelors or Greater4.30%

Gaston County, North Carolina Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed37.92%
Male Unemployed37.85%
Female Employed7.38%
Male Employed4.95%

Gaston County, North Carolina Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Gaston County, North Carolina Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$52,835$69,460
Families$64,608$80,836
Married Families$78,363$94,529
Non Families$29,593$42,181
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Income by Household Type

Gaston County, North Carolina Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

48.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

51.1%

Male Marriage Rate

46.9%

Female Marriage Rate

Gaston County, North Carolina Married by Age and Sex

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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 45-54.

Gaston County, North Carolina Marital Status by Race

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Gaston County, North Carolina Marital Status

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13,243

Number of Veterans

12,124

Male Veterans

1,119

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam4,827
First Gulf War2,704
Second Gulf War2,334
Korea840
World War II349

Gaston County, North Carolina Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
65 to 743,533
35 to 543,350
55 to 642,677
75+2,612
18 to 341,071

Gaston County, North Carolina Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White11,2928.44%
Black1,6766.26%
Hispanic2502.65%
2+ Races1576.41%
Asian411.60%
Other Race391.36%
Native American386.29%

Gaston County, North Carolina Veterans by Race

Gaston County, North Carolina Veterans by Education

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7.53%

Veteran Poverty Rate

31.41%

Veteran Disability Rate

Gaston County, North Carolina Veterans by Education

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62.1%

Labor Force Participation

58.1%

Employment Rate

6.2%

Unemployment Rate

Gaston County, North Carolina Employment by Age

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Gaston County, North Carolina Employment by Race

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Gaston County, North Carolina Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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67.59%

Born in Gaston County, North Carolina

94.65%

Native Born

5.35%

Foreign Born

3.10%

Non Citizen

2.26%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

94.65% of Gaston County, North Carolina residents were born in the United States, with 67.59% having been born in North Carolina. 3.10% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Gaston County, North Carolina Place of Birth

  1. US Census City/Town Population estimates - Most recent state estimates from the Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program
  2. Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790 - 1990

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