Gastonia, NC

75,537 Population
51.6 square miles 1,465.1 people per square mile

Census data: ACS 2016 1-year unless noted

 

 People

Percent of State Population
0.7%
was 0.7%
Ranked 13th Highest in NC
Population Density
1,465.1
US 88.8 people/sq mile
Dependency Ratio
56.9%
was 53.4%
US Population Dependency Ratio is 49.7
Percent Foreign Born
8.2%
was 7.7%
Ranked 9th Highest in NC
Percent Under 18
24.8%
was 24.7%
Ranked 5th Highest in NC
Percent 65 and Over
15.8%
was 14.0%
Ranked 2nd Highest in NC

 Economics

Unemployment Rate
4.7
was 6.2
Ranked 13th Lowest in NC
Percent Living in Poverty
18.3%
was 19.7%
Ranked 8th Lowest in NC
Median Household Income
$43,003
was $42,713
Ranked 10th Highest in NC
Gini Income Distribution
 
55.8
46.7
US Gini Index is 42.0

 Safety

Homicides per 100,000
8.1
was 8.2
 
Violent Crimes per 100,000
715.7
was 698.2
 
Property Crimes per 100,000
5,160.7
was 5,292.3
 

 Housing

Total Housing Units
33,036
was 31,335
Ranked 13th Highest in NC
Median Rent
$803
was $793
Ranked 9th Highest in NC
Total Building Permits
147
was 87
 
Occupied Housing Units
29,559
was 27,432
 
Homeownership Rate
55.6%
was 53.8%
Ranked 3rd Highest in NC
Single Family Building Permits
143
was 87
 
Residential Units Per Sq Mile
640.3
was 607.8
Ranked 11th Highest in NC
Rental Vacancy Rate
21.0%
was 23.5%
Ranked 6th Highest in NC
Multifamily Building Permits
4
 
Persons Per Dwelling Unit
2.5
was 2.7
Ranked 6th Highest in NC
Building Permits per 1000 Housing Units
4.7
was 2.9
 
Building Permits per 1000 Residents
2.0
was 1.2
 

 Health

Percent with Insurance Under 18
94.1%
was 98.0%
Ranked 11th Highest in NC
Percent with Insurance 18 to 64
88.9%
Ranked 3rd Highest in NC
Percent with Insurance Over 65
99.9%
was 100%
Ranked 2nd Highest in NC

 Education

Percent with High School Diploma or Higher
86.5%
was 84.7%
Ranked 12th Highest in NC
Percent with Bachelors Degree or Higher
28.2%
was 23.0%
Ranked 11th Highest in NC

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