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North Carolina continues to grow exponentially year after year, and it’s easy to see why. Its beautiful climate and scenic views of the Appalachian Mountains, Atlantic Coast, and Piedmont Region call for endless weekend exploration, plus the state is home to several top-ranked universities and colleges and it provides one of the highest qualities of life. When it comes to deciding exactly which city to move to, there’s a variety of options to choose from, but Gastonia is an ideal choice for several reasons.

What makes Gastonia so special is its endless opportunities for adventure. Those who call it home are in close proximity to some of the state’s top outdoor destinations including several parks and trails offering hiking, biking, and fun on the water. Golf enthusiasts love the region for its impressive courses, including Catawba Creek Golf Course, formerly known as the Gastonia Municipal Golf Course, and Green Meadows Golf Course. Plus, various sports and recreation centers can be found throughout the city, with programs ranging from swimming to fitness classes and youth sports leagues. And when the warmer months approach, Lake Wylie is just a short drive away, offering opportunities to boat, fish, and try out other water sports. Needless to say, when you live in Gastonia, fun is never more than a stone’s throw away.

Catawba Creek Golf Course

A picturesque blend of challenging fairways and serene landscapes. It’s time to perfect your swing…

Lake Wylie

A haven for outdoor enthusiasts and a tranquil escape for all who seek its shores.

Crowders Mountain

Nature’s majestic masterpiece, where rugged trails lead to breathtaking vistas and unforgettable adventures.

The Schiele Museum of Natural History

Igniting curiosity through captivating exhibits, bridging the past and present for an enriching exploration of science and history.

There’s no better way to describe Gastonia than it being rich in history and southern charm. Its small-town vibe has created a tight-knit and welcoming atmosphere, making residents and visitors feel right at home. The city itself is an ideal blend of historic and modern living, with heritage buildings that showcase the region’s past and local amenities that cater to today’s living. It’s here you’ll experience Gastonia’s strong sense of community, with festivals and events bringing locals and newcomers together throughout the year.

Gaston County Art Walk

Taking place each month in downtown Gastonia, local art galleries and shops are open late, allowing visitors to peruse the artwork while indulging in live music and refreshments.

Gastonia Summer Concert Series

From May to September, the City of Gastonia hosts a free concert series in the city’s downtown area. Local and regional bands perform music from a variety of genres, including country, rock, and jazz.

Gaston County Farmers Market

Every Tuesday and Saturday from May to October, residents shop at the Gastonia Farmers Market Pavilion. Here, locals spend time supporting neighboring farmers and vendors, and come to purchase fresh produce, baked goods, and crafts.

Christmas in the City

An annual event set in downtown Gastonia each December, this festive event kicks off the spirited season with a tree-lighting ceremony, live music, carriage rides, and visits from Santa Claus himself.

Gastonia offers a diverse range of employment opportunities, making it an attractive destination for job seekers. Both domestic and international businesses have established headquarters in the area including Caromont Health, Gaston County Schools, the Gaston County Government, Freightliner, Eaton, and Duke Energy. Gastonia is also home to several smaller businesses and startups, particularly in the downtown area. These businesses provide employment opportunities in a range of fields, including hospitality, retail, and professional services. And with major interstates such as I-85 nearby, traveling for work or leisure is achieved with ease.

5 minutes to Gastonia Station

5 minutes to I-85

15 minutes to Hwy 321

12 minutes to Hwy 74

Affordability is often at the top of the list when deciding where to live. The cost of living in Gastonia is lower than the national average, making it an attractive option for many. On average, the cost of housing, taxes, utilities, groceries, transportation, healthcare and other services is significantly less than in other areas in the country, all without compromising overall quality of life.


Now’s a great time to find a new home in Gastonia. Learn more about our new communities in the region and find a floor plan that complements you.


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Images courtesy of: The Nature Conservancy (Banner Image); Flickr (I-85); AARoads (Hwy 74).


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