Gastonia is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 77,273 people and 30 constituent neighborhoods, Gastonia is the 13th largest community in North Carolina.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Gastonia is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Gastonia is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Gastonia who work in sales jobs (10.70%), office and administrative support (10.69%), and management occupations (8.29%).
The population of Gastonia overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Gastonia, 24.16% have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Gastonia in 2018 was $26,928, which is upper middle income relative to North Carolina, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $107,712 for a family of four. However, Gastonia contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Gastonia is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Gastonia home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Gastonia residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Gastonia also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 10.20% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Gastonia include German, Irish, English, Scots-Irish, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Gastonia is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and African languages.