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Gastonia was incorporated in 1877, and at that time had a population of 200 and a land area of less than one square mile. The city found its start as a small railroad depot, where the Atlanta & Charlotte Airline Railroad and the Chester and Lenoir Narrow Gauge Railroad lines intersected. As a result, the area became a focal point for industry and commerce, soon establishing a steam-powered textile industry as well. Today, Gastonia is one of the 15 largest cities in North Carolina and the economic hub of the surrounding Gaston County. The city now has a population of more than 72,000 and a land area of approximately 51.7 square miles.



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Located in the Charlotte metropolitan area, Gastonia, North Carolina, has experienced a population growth of over 8% since the year 2000. As part of a busy central hub located in the middle of the state, just hours from the South Carolina border, Gastonia offers affordable and competitive home prices for a variety of different properties. Prospective buyers will find houses ranging from a one-and-a-half-story brick home with four bedrooms for just over $200,000, to a turn-of-the-century remodeled three-bedroom home for less than $130,000, to a two-bedroom condo for less than $25,000.
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