As not only the Gaston County seat and the largest city in the county, Gastonia, North Carolina has much to offer.
Situated in the Charlotte area, it's the second-largest satellite municipality, making it an economic and recreation draw for others in the metropolitan. That means plenty of commercial sites and other services abound in the city.
An estimated 75,000-plus people call Gastonia home today. The official census tally in 2010 pegged the population at just short of 72,000 residents. One of the main economic drivers of the area is manufacturing, namely Parkdale Mills, a textile company famous for spun yarn.