Gastonia has the 352nd largest population in the United States. The population grew by 3.9% from 2010 to 2015, which was faster than the national average. Gastonia is part of the Charlotte metro area. Unemployment in the Charlotte area is 4%, which is the same as the national average, and is getting better. Charlotte has the 22nd largest local economy in the US, and a low cost of living. The average pay for jobs in Gastonia is below average at $48,370, and the median cost of a home in Gastonia is $135,100, which is below the national average. 22% of workers in Gastonia hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 82% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Driving to work is especially common in Gastonia. 85% of Gastonia workers drive to work alone, 0% take public transit, 10% carpool, and 4% walk. People in Gastonia spend an average of 22 minutes commuting to work, which is shorter than the national average of 26 minutes.