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Gaston County, NC&

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0.93% growth
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Median Household Income
4.38% growth
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Number of Employees
2.29% growth
Median Property Value
0.72% growth

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The economy of Gaston County, NC employs 93,657 people. The economy of Gaston County, NC is specialized in Utilities; Manufacturing; and Wholesale trade, which employ respectively 2.25; 1.74; and 1.24 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Gaston County, NC are Manufacturing (16,823), Healthcare & Social Assistance (12,485), and Retail trade (11,376), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, Oil, Gas Extraction ($85,625), Utilities ($55,072), and Management of Companies & Enterprises ($49,875).

Median household income in Gaston County, NC is $44,288. Males in Gaston County, NC have an average income that is 1.33 times higher than the average income of females, which is $44,744. The income inequality of Gaston County, NC (measured using the Gini index) is 0.478 which is lower than the national average.


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Health & Safety

Insurance and Medicare coverage combined with state and county level health and safety statistics for Gaston County, NC. In Gaston County, NC the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 6-17 and 6-17, men and women, respectively. The location has a 1 to 66 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $10,017. Robeson County, NC has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in North Carolina.


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Gaston County, NC is home to a population of 211,753 people, from which 96.8% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Gaston County, NC is composed of 157,018 White residents (74.2%), 32,311 Black residents (15.3%), 13,527 Hispanic residents (6.39%), 4,089 Two+ residents (1.93%), and 3,064 Asian residents (1.45%). The most common foreign languages in Gaston County, NC are Spanish (11,385 speakers), Tagalog (417 speakers), and Vietnamese (398 speakers), but compared to other places, Gaston County, NC has a relative high number of Laotian (60 speakers), Urdu (173 speakers), and Japanese (179 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in Gaston County, NC awarded 1,851 degrees. The student population of Gaston County, NC is skewed towards females, with 655 male students and 1,196 female students. Most students in Gaston County, NC are White (1,210 and 65.4%), followed by Black or African American (296 and 16%), Unknown (182 and 9.8%), and Hispanic or Latino (75 and 4.05%). The largest universities in Gaston County, NC by number of graduates are Gaston College (1,309 and 70.7%), Belmont Abbey College (363 and 19.6%), and Paul Mitchell the School-Gastonia (179 and 9.7%). The most popular majors in Gaston County, NC are Liberal Arts & Sciences (232 and 12.5%), Registered Nursing (73 and 3.94%), and Other Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies, & Humanities (43 and 2.32%). The median tuition costs in Gaston County, NC are N/A for private four year colleges, and $18,500 and $18,500 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.



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Housing & Living

The median property value in Gaston County, NC is $126,000, which is 0.61 times smaller than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value increased from $125,100 to $126,000, a 0.72% increase. The homeownership rate of Gaston County, NC is 65.9%, which is higher than the national average of 63.6%. People in Gaston County, NC have an average commute time of 24 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Gaston County, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.


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