Gaston County, North Carolina
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Gaston County is a county in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2020 census, the population was 227,943. The county seat is Gastonia. Dallas served as the original county seat from 1846 until 1911.
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|Coordinates: 35°18′N 81°11′W|
|Named for||William Gaston|
|• Total||364 sq mi (940 km2)|
|• Land||356 sq mi (920 km2)|
|• Water||8.1 sq mi (21 km2) 2.2%|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||640.3/sq mi (247.2/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
|Congressional districts||10th, 14th|
Gaston County is included in the Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is the fifth largest county in the metropolitan area, as of the 2020 census. It is located in the southern Piedmont region.
Of North Carolina's 100 counties, Gaston County ranks 74th in size, consisting of approximately 364.5 square miles (944 km2), and is tenth in population. The county has fifteen incorporated towns. In addition to fifteen incorporated towns and cities, there are several unincorporated communities such as Hardin, Lucia, Crowders Mountain, Sunnyside, Alexis, Tryon, and North Belmont.