Gastonia is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 74,543 people and 30 constituent neighborhoods, Gastonia is the 13th largest community in North Carolina.
Gastonia is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 office and administrative support (13.80%), sales jobs (11.76%), and management occupations (7.76%).
The education level of Gastonia citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 22.54% of adults in Gastonia have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Gastonia in 2010 was $21,575, which is middle income relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $86,300 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 10.22% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Gastonia include Irish, English, Scots-Irish, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Gastonia is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.