Gastonia, North Carolina is the county seat and chief city of Gaston County. Situated only 24 miles west of Charlotte, Gastonia forms a triangle along with Salisbury to create the Greater Charlotte Metropolitan Area.
Gastonia boasts an ideal location for business, located 10 miles from the Charlotte International Airport. The Gastonia Municipal Airport provides local service. Interstate 85 runs directly through the city, and Interstates 77 and 40 are nearby, with excellent NC Highways connecting Gastonia to them. The Norfolk Southern Railroad also runs through the city.
Gastonia’s chief employers include Caromont Health Care, Curtiss-Wright Controls,Freightliner, Parkdale Mills, Stabilus and Wix Filters. Census 2000 recorded Gastonia’s population at 66,277, showing a 17% increase in the last decade. The total area is just over 46 square miles. A number of housing choices exist, from lovely older homes in Gastonia’shistoric district to brand new construction in modern subdivisions.
Gastonia, NC serves as the cultural center for Gaston County. Found here is the United Arts Council, which provides numerous grants and educational programs for the community. TheGaston School of Arts and Gaston Dance Theater receive funding from the council. TheSchiele Museum of Natural History provides fascinating insights into the natural world, and houses a large planetarium.
Gastonia residents enjoy the many parks and recreation areas scattered through out the city. Almost 600 acres of green spaces for walking trails and athletic fields attract health-minded citizens, along with a number of fine golf courses.
Gastonia parents have various options for schooling their children. Gaston County boasts an excellent public educational system system, and Gastonia is home to a number of private schools, including the Highland School of Technology. North Carolina named Gaston County schools “Schools of Excellence and Distinction”. For higher education, Gastonia students have 24 colleges and universities within a 40-mile radius.