Gastonia, North Carolina

Gastonia is the largest city and county seat of Gaston County, North Carolina, United States. It is also the second largest satellite city of the Charlotte area, behind Concord. The population was 71,741 at the 2010 Census.[1] Gastonia is the 13th largest city in North Carolina.[3] It is part of the Charlotte metropolitan area, officially designated the Charlotte Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). Gastonia has experienced steady growth, with a population increase between 2000 and 2010 of nearly 8.2%, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Satellite city
City of Gastonia
Gastonia, North Carolina

Downtown Gastonia from the northwest
Motto: Great Place. Great People. Great Promise.
Gastonia, North Carolina
Location in the U.S. state of North Carolina
Coordinates: 35°15′19″N 81°10′49″WCoordinates: 35°15′19″N 81°10′49″W
Country  United States
State  North Carolina
County Gaston
 • Mayor John Bridgeman (D)
 • Total 50.7 sq mi (131.4 km2)
 • Land 50.5 sq mi (130.8 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.6 km2)
Elevation 797 ft (243 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 71,741
 • Density 1,421/sq mi (548.5/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 28052-28056
Area code(s) 704, 980
FIPS code 37-25580[1]
GNIS feature ID 0985606[2]

Coordinates35°15′19″N 81°10′49″W / 35.25528°N 81.18028°W / 35.25528; -81.18028