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The 2000 Census showed that Gaston County had a population of 190,365 people. This represented 2.36% of the total population of North Carolina, making it the state's 8th most populous county (out of 100 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Gaston had a population of 208,958 people. This is an increase of 9.77% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
2010206,086+8.26%-1.37% since 2009
2009208,958+9.77%+1.03% since 2008
2008206,833+8.65%+2.21% since 2007
2007202,364+6.3%+2.29% since 2006
2006197,833+3.92%+1.58% since 2005
2005194,759+2.31%+1.09% since 2004
2004192,663+1.21%+0.19% since 2003
2003192,306+1.02%-0.13% since 2002
2002192,564+1.16%+0.39% since 2001
2001191,811+0.76%+0.76% since 2000
2000190,365The Last Census

Gaston County had 78,842 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Gaston County has a total area<3> of 363.5 square miles [941 km²]. Of this total, 356.2 square miles [922 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (2.02%) being water (7.33 square miles [18.98 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Gaston County had a population density of 534 people per square mile [206.3 people/km²], making it the state's 7th most densely populated county (out of 100 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Gaston County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Gaston and the state of North Carolina.

Click here for the Gaston County QuickFact (QF-37071).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Gaston County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in
Mount HollyQF-374496010,1719,6185.75%
Bessemer CityQF-37052205,5925,1199.24%

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Gaston County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
ClevelandQF-37045   W99,27496,2873.1%
LincolnQF-37109   N76,04363,78019.23%
MecklenburgQF-37119   E913,639695,45431.37%
York (SC)QF-45091   S227,003164,61437.9%

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Census QuickFact for Gaston County

Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Gaston. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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