Part of the Greater Charlotte Metropolitan Area, Gastonia attracts individuals and families alike with its affordable cost of living, economic opportunities and award-winning public school system. Located in an idyllic setting and featuring a sought-after quality of life, the city's motto "Great Place, Great People, Great Promise" proves to be quite fitting. Honored with the top livability award by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the city of Gastonia an ideal choice for you and your family to settle down and rent an apartment.
Named in honor of North Carolina Supreme Court Justice William Gaston, the city of Gastonia was incorporated in 1877. Today, the population surpasses 71,000 people, and residents renting apartments here have access to a range of amenities and leisure activities. If you feel like going shopping, the Franklin Square shopping center and movie theater as well as the Eastridge Mall, with over 80 retail stores, are both a short drive away. If you want to immerse yourself in the city's culture and history, check out The Schiele Museum of Natural History which chronicles local history.
Gastonia has several outdoor recreational opportunities. You and your family will want to be sure to stroll through the 380-acre Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens that encompasses meadows, woodlands and verdant gardens as well as 12 fountains and a conservatory devoted to orchids and other species of tropical plants. The city is also home to the U.S. Whitewater Center. Situated on the Catawba River, the facility is an outdoor recreation and training center for whitewater rafting, canoeing and kayaking.
There's not a lot of public transportation in the city, so having a car will be a necessity for getting to work and other activities.
Although no colleges or universities are located within the city proper, many who rent in the city attend one of two higher learning institutions in Gaston County. These are the four-year Roman Catholic liberal arts school Belmont Abbey College and Gaston College, a two-year community college. You will also find several other colleges and universities just a 30-minute drive away in Charlotte, including King's College, Charlotte School of Law and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Gastonia top employers include the Gaston County Public Schools system, CaroMont Health regional, an advanced healthcare system, and Wal-Mart. Other major employers include world leading fiber and filter manufacturers American & Efird and Wix Filtration as well as the Gaston County Government.