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Gaston County, North Carolina Facts

Facts
State North Carolina
Land area 356.0 square miles
Population Density 578.8 persons per square mile.
Population
Population (2013) 209,420
Population change 1.6%
Under 5 years of age 6.2%
Under 18 23.3%
65 and over 14.7%
Females 51.6%
White 80.5
Hispanic or Latino of any race 6.2
Asian 1.4%
Two or more races 1.7%
Black or African American 15.8%
Native American 0.5%
Pacific Islander 0.1%
Had graduated from high school 81%
Had a bachelor’s degree or higher 18%
Veterans 15,458
Households and Housing
Households 79,450
Persons per household 2.6
Living in the same house for one year or more 86.9%
Median household income $42,017
The per capita income $22,658
Live below the poverty line. 17.9%
housing units 89,341
Multi-unit structures 14%
The median value of owner-occupied housing $123,600
Residents owning their homes. 66.8%
Business Facts
Total number of firms 15,631
Women-owned firms 27.4%
Asian-owned firms 2.2%
Hispanic-owned firms 0%
Black-owned firms 0%
Native American-owned firms 0%
Pacific Islander-owned firms 0%
Retail sales $2,245,345
Retail sales per capita $11,096
Manufacturers shipments $4,158,572
Merchant wholesaler sales $1,178,440