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Gaston County, North Carolina

US county information
NameGaston County
StateNorth Carolina
US Area
Total Area364 sq mi (942.8 km2)
Land Area356 sq mi (922 km2)
Water Area7 sq mi (18.1 km2)
Population206086 (2010)
Density206/km2 (533.5/sq mi)
FoundedDecember 21, 1846

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Gaston County is a county located just west of Charlotte (Mecklenburg County) in the southern Piedmont in the U.S. state of North Carolina. It is the third largest county, by population, in the Charlotte Metropolitan Area, officially designated the Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). As of 2010, the population was 206,086. It is the fourth-largest county in the Charlotte metropolitan area behind Mecklenburg County, York County, SC and Union County, NC.

The county seat of Gaston County is Gastonia. Dallas served as the original county seat from 1846 until 1911.

Of North Carolina's one hundred counties, Gaston County ranks 74th in size, consisting of approximately 364.5 sqmi (944.1 km2), and is seventh in population. The county has fifteen incorporated towns.

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