Gastonia, North Carolina is a town with a population of just over 74,000. The city's population, at an average age of just under 39, skews younger than most cities in North Carolina. A slim majority of residents own their homes (54%) as opposed to renting (46%) in Gastonia. With a relatively low average rent of $814/month in the city, renting remains an affordable option, particularly compared to other cities in North Carolina. Over the course of a year, renters in Gastonia will save around $1,400 compared to the state average.
Gastonia has a relatively large percentage of residents older than 25 with a high school degree or GED (19%) compared to the North Carolina average. Additionally, 15% possess a Bachelor's, Master's, Professional, or Doctoral degree. Many Gastonia residents work in one of four industries: retail, manufacturing, healthcare, and entertainment. Combined, these industries make up 25% of the city's labor force. Meanwhile, looking at job function, many of the city's workers are in sales, as 7% of the city's population reports this as their field of work, the highest number of any career path. With an average annual income of around $56K, Gastonia workers bring in around $12,000 less than the average North Carolina resident. The city's average income also falls below the national average of $73,345.
Gastonia residents have an average commute of about 26 minutes. Many residents (40%) drive themselves to work, while public transit isn't widely used. Relatively few commuters walk to work.