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Time Zone: Gaston County lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time.

The community of Gastonia is the Seat for Gaston County.

Gaston County was founded in 1846 and was created by taking area from LincolnCounty.

From the Census Estimates for 2009, <1> Gaston had a population of 208,958 people. This is an increase of 9.77% since the last Census (which gave a population of 190,365 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, Gaston represented 2.36% of the total population of North Carolina, making it the state's 8th most populous county (out of 100 counties).

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

YearPopulationChange
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% 
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2000190,365The Last Census

More information can be found on the Gaston County Census Page for Gaston County.

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Below are some of the communities located in Gaston County (for more communities, please visit our Nearby Page for Gaston County):

Community 2009
Population
2000
Population
Change
(2009vs. 2000)
Gastonia   72,93466,27710.04% increase  
Mount Holly   10,1719,6185.75% increase  
Belmont   9,5298,7059.47% increase  
Cherryville   5,8285,3618.71% increase  
Bessemer City   5,5925,1199.24% increase  

Websites for Gaston County

Official Website:   www.co.gaston.nc.us/

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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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