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Gastonia is a city in Gaston County, in the Charlotte-Gastonia metro area.

It is the county seat.

The community was named for the county, which was named for William Gaston, congressman and and state Supreme Court judge.

The latitude of Gastonia is 35.261N. The longitude is -81.187W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 797 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 67,781.


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Median household income
Local
$36,924
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Gastonia demographic reports
Gastonia is in the Piedmont
Public transportation: Gastonia Transit (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Well-known residents have included:
· James Worthy, basketball player
· Darrell Armstrong, basketball player
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Panera Bread
Nearby parks & recreation: Crowders Mountain State Park
Historic sites and museums: Schiele Museum of Natural History & Planetarium, American Military Museum
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 97

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Gastonia demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Gaston County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Charlotte area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 28052 ZIP code.

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11% of Gastonia residents report German ancestry, and 9% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Gastonia ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Gastonia was $19,592, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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20% of Gastonia residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Median rent in Gastonia, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $431.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $982.


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Libraries in Gastonia include Ferguson Branch Library-Erwin Center, Gaston County Public Library, Union Road Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Gastonia include Gaston Gazette

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Gaston County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Gastonia political report.

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The average commute time for Gastonia workers is 23 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 28 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Gastonia between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 4.2 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was slightly higher than the national norm.

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