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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.[1] The county seat is Gastonia.[2] Dallas served as the original county seat from 1846 until 1911.

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Gaston County
Gaston County Courthouse
Flag of Gaston County
Official seal of Gaston County
Official logo of Gaston County
"Local Strengths. Global Success."
Map of North Carolina highlighting Gaston County
Location within the U.S. state of North Carolina
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North Carolina's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 35°18′N 81°11′W
CountryFlag_of_the_United_States.svg United States
StateFlag_of_North_Carolina.svg North Carolina
Named forWilliam Gaston
Largest cityGastonia
  Total364 sq mi (940 km2)
  Land356 sq mi (920 km2)
  Water8.1 sq mi (21 km2)  2.2%
  Density640.3/sq mi (247.2/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
  Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional districts10th, 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.[3] 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.[4] The county has fifteen incorporated towns.[5] 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.[6]