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A+ Gastonia Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C+ Gastonia Cost of Living Cost of living is 2% lower than North Carolina
937% less expensive than the US average
North Carolina
946% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Gastonia cost of living
F Gastonia Crime Total crime is 93% higher than North Carolina
Total crime
5,619104% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 18104% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-4%Year over year crime is down
Gastonia crime
F Gastonia Employment Household income is 11% lower than North Carolina
Median household income
$43,00322% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$23,39522% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
7%43% higher than the US average
Gastonia employment
B+ Gastonia Housing Home value is 13% lower than North Carolina
Median home value
$135,90026% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$78118% lower than the US average
Home ownership
55%14% lower than the US average
Gastonia real estate or Gastonia rentals
F Gastonia Schools HS graduation rate is 4% lower than North Carolina
High school grad. rates
79%5% lower than the US average
School test scores
37%25% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
15:15% lower than the US average
Gastonia K-12 schools or Gastonia colleges

Living in Gastonia, NC

Located in the state of North Carolina, Gastonia is a mid-sized city with a population of 73,877 inhabitants. If you are not a fan of long commutes, you will enjoy living in Gastonia. With average one way commute time of only 23 minutes, getting to and from work is a breeze compared to the national average of 26 minutes.

Are you trying to ascertain if living in Gastonia is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a positive experience before moving to any new city in North Carolina, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like amenities, crime, cost of living, weather, housing, you can easily compare the best places to live in Gastonia and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Gastonia to North Carolina and the national average.

Gastonia, NC receives 70/100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #167 in North Carolina and #10,577 in the USA. If we dig down a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Gastonia has higher than average grades for the following: amenities (A+) and housing (B+). There is at least one category that did not score well in Gastonia. The following was graded with a less than perfect score: crime (F), education (F) and employment (F).

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Gastonia, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Gastonia: Mary Jo's Cloth Store, Schiele Museum, and Arts on Main.

Based on multiple factors including: median home and rental prices, appreciation rates and home affordability, Gastonia has received high marks in the housing category. Based on these calculations, the apartment rental and real estate market appears to be very healthy.

Gastonia real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Gastonia. The median home price for Gastonia homes is $135,900, which is 13.5% lower than the North Carolina average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Gastonia, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 3.2, which is 3% lower than the North Carolina average. Purchasing your new home can come with many financial benefits, some of which are more lucrative than others. Perhaps the most notable benefit could be the appreciation of your new home. Home appreciation rates are a good way to generate tax-free equity on a long term basis. The year over year appreciation rates in Gastonia were 12.5%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 8.9%.

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Compare Gastonia, NC Livability To Other Cities

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Indian Trail, NC8232.736,357

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What Gastonia Is Like

Gastonia like any US suburb has lots to offer. Our family loves the *wide* array of all kinds of restaurants, from fine dining to casual, there's date night places. Some restaurants like Shrimp Boat, Old Carolina BBQ, and Fletchers are classics. Pretty much every decent chain restaurant can also be found in Gastonia. There are activities like bowling, mini-golf, tons of league and non-profit sports teams (baseball, basketball, soccer, football). There are a bunch of quality golf courses as well. Some of the best schools in the greater Charlotte NC area are in Gastonia. Obviously, you have to in *any* city know which neighborhoods are good. Generally downtown Gastonia is like downtown in any city, rougher. However, the outer ring of Gastonia has excellent amenities, homes, and schools. There are also a large array of elaborate parks (pirate parks, splash parks, dog parks, walking trails, kayaking parks). Then nearby cities also add a few more into that mix, though nearby cities do not offer as much as Gastonia as they are smaller. There's a bunch of good family entertainment options. The local 4th of July event is a big deal locally/regionally. Gastonia fire and police have new equipment and are very level headed. Important historical sites are nearby, including Kings/Crowders Mountains, etc. There's also a great deal of downtown renewal going on. It's a quick drive into Charlotte. Gastonia has several hardware stores. There's also plenty of barbers and salons/spas locally. As for drawbacks, Gastonia is very popular, so there can be a lot of traffic at popular shopping venues, like the Franklin Blvd area. And if you live in the heart of downtown, especially West downtown, it can be rough. But that is only about 20% of the whole city, the other 80% is really above average, or great.
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Horrible Government will take advantage of residents.

I recently moved my home and business to Gastonia because of its low cost of living and because our kids had moved out so we could move to a smaller house. A month later someone tried to steal our electric meter and broke it. The city charged us to have it fixed and put in a faulty meter. Our power bill went from 120$ to 300$. We contacted them and they refused to listen and said it wasnt wrong...the next month the bill was higher....please realize this is a 700 square foot house with a brand new Central HVAC unit. Finally my landlord got involved and checked and proved that THE CITY put it in wrong and it was feeding power into the ground. We proved it without a doubt with an electrician and all the other houses on our street and by showing that what our power pull was totally different than what they charged. They didnt care...said it was our responsibility and that if we dont pay they will shut our power off in the dead of winter. As soon as our lease is up WE will move both our ourselves and our business out of this city. Their biggest income comes from buying power from duke energy and selling it to residents at a higher price with a higher deposit than Duke would charge.
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What to See and Do in Gastonia, NC

It is often said that the city of Gastonia, North Carolina lives within the shadows of its big sister, Charlotte, which is located just 20 miles away and is one of the largest cities in the southeastern United States.

I, however, have lived within the shadows of Gastonia my entire life, and know firsthand what this smaller and low-key city has to offer.

The city of Gastonia has plenty of places to shop, including major chain stores, such as Kohl's, Target, Old Navy and JC Penney, to name a few. If shopping makes you hungry, fare of all kinds await, including seafood, barbeque, Chinese, burgers and pizza.

To really experience Gastonia, though, pay a visit to Tony's Ice Cream Company, a family-owned restaurant, dating back to 1915. Just look for the iconic yellow building on Franklin Boulevard with its own ice cream plant next door. Talk about fresh--even the vanilla milkshakes defy vanilla description.

Gastonia's Schiele Museum of Natural History, a Smithsonian Institution affiliate, is a popular attraction for all, and features outdoor recreations of an Indian Village and an 18th Century farm.

Gastonia is not without its traffic woes, especially on the weekends and during rush hour; however, navigating the streets is not a major problem and is worth it to get where you're going in Gastonia.
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Source: The Gastonia, NC data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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