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Living In Gaston, NC

Gaston, North Carolina is a small town with just over 1,000 residents. It's a nice place to settle down, as retirees make up a greater percentage of the population (24%) here than they do nationally (14%), while young professionals are less well-represented. Overall, the town's residents, with an average age of just over 44, skew older than most cities in North Carolina. Renters tend to be in the minority in the area, and 70% of residents own their homes. With a relatively low average rent of $713 a month in the town, renting remains an affordable option, particularly compared to other cities in North Carolina. Over the course of a year, renters in Gaston will save around $2,600 compared to the state average.

With an average commute time of about 21 minutes, shorter than most cities in the state, Gaston residents know that traveling to work isn't overly time-consuming. Many residents (35%) drive themselves to work, while public transit is not used. Relatively few workers commute on foot.

Gaston has a large concentration of residents over the age of 25 with a high school degree or GED (25%) compared to the national average. In addition, 6% have a Bachelor's degree and 4% have earned a Master's or Doctoral degree. There are three primary industries in Gaston: manufacturing, education, and retail. Combined, these industries account for 17% of the labor force in the town. Meanwhile, in terms of job function, 5% of residents work in transportation, which ranks as the top profession in the town. With an average annual income of almost $47,000, Gaston workers earn less than the average North Carolina resident. Gaston's average income also trails the national average of $73,345.


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