For population 25 years and over in Gaston:
For population 15 years and over in Gaston town:
116 residents are foreign born
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $374 (0.4%)
Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Columbia, SC (14.8 miles , pop. 116,278).
Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Charlotte, NC (97.5 miles , pop. 540,828).
Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Philadelphia, PA (539.5 miles , pop. 1,517,550).
Nearest cities: Swansea, SC (2.3 miles ), Pine Ridge, SC (2.6 miles ), South Congaree, SC (2.6 miles ), Pelion, SC (3.0 miles ), Sandy Run-Staley, SC (3.2 miles) , Springdale, SC (3.2 miles ), Woodford, SC (3.2 miles) , Cayce, SC (3.2 miles ).
Single-family new house construction building permits:
Latitude: 33.82 N, Longitude: 81.10 W
Area code commonly used in this area: 803
City-data.com crime rate counts serious crimes more heavily. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.
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Crime rate in Gaston detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson
Full-time law enforcement employees in 2011, including police officers: 2 (2 officers).
Unemployment in July 2013:
Population change in the 1990s: +293 (+29.0%).
Work and jobs in Gaston: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute
Average climate in Gaston, South Carolina
Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations
Gaston-area historical tornado activity is above South Carolina state average. It is 88% greater than the overall U.S. average.
On 11/2/1995, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 0.3 miles away from the Gaston town center caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.
On 8/16/1994, a category F3 tornado 10.8 miles away from the town center injured 40 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.
Earthquake activity:Gaston-area historical earthquake activity is near South Carolina state average. It is 87% smaller than the overall U.S. average.
On 8/2/1974 at 08:52:09, a magnitude 4.9 (4.3 MB, 4.9 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 79.8 miles away from the city center
On 11/22/1974 at 05:25:55, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB) earthquake occurred 84.0 miles away from Gaston center
On 8/21/1992 at 16:31:55, a magnitude 4.4 (4.1 MB, 4.1 LG, 4.4 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 77.7 miles away from the city center
On 4/13/1998 at 09:56:11, a magnitude 3.9 (3.5 MB, 3.9 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 65.8 miles away from the city center
On 4/17/1995 at 13:45:57, a magnitude 3.9 (3.9 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 84.7 miles away from Gaston center
On 9/25/2006 at 05:44:25, a magnitude 3.7 (3.7 MB, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 95.1 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB)
Natural disasters:The number of natural disasters in Lexington County (7) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 4
Emergencies Declared: 3
Causes of natural disasters: Hurricanes: 3, Drought: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Tropical Storm: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Hospitals/medical centers near Gaston:
Airports located in Gaston:
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Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Gaston:
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Public elementary/middle schools in Gaston:
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Air Quality Index (AQI)
Lead (Pb) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 0.00282. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 1.2 miles away from the city center.
Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2008 was 6.51. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 15.8 miles away from the city center.
Ozone [ppb] level in 2010 was 23.1. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 15.8 miles away from the city center.
Particulate Matter (PM10) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 18.5. This is about average. Closest monitor was 1.2 miles away from the city center.
Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2010 was 1.05. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 14.9 miles away from the city center.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 10.7. This is about average. Closest monitor was 2.4 miles away from the city center.
Drinking water stations with addresses in Gaston and their reported violations in the past:GASTON RURAL WATER DIST (Population served: 6756, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:RAPHA RESIDENTIAL CARE (Population served: 69, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 19.0%
(19.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 30.8% for Black residents, 0.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for American Indian residents, 0.0% for two or more races residents)
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Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
Gaston compared to South Carolina state average:
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Religion statistics for Gaston town (based on Lexington County data)Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 49.79%
Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations
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Food Environment Statistics:
Number of grocery stores: 42
Number of supercenters and club stores: 4
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 13
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 124
Number of full-service restaurants: 188
Adult diabetes rate:
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Low-income preschool obesity rate:
8.36% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($41,503 average adjusted gross income)
0.06% of residents moved from foreign countries ($236 average AGI)
Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
6.96% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($38,232 average adjusted gross income)
0.05% of residents moved to foreign countries ($222 average AGI)
Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
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Gaston, South Carolina:See more detailed statistics of Gaston fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2011 here
FCC Registered Antenna Towers:124 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers in Gaston)
FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:6
FCC Registered Microwave Towers:7 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)
FCC Registered Paging Towers:1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Paging Towers)
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:29 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Gaston)
FAA Registered Aircraft:8 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft in Gaston)
2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:
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Total of 7 patent applications in 2008-2014.