Gastonia is the largest city and county seat of Gaston County, North Carolina, United States. It is also the third largest suburb of the Charlotte Area, behind Concord and Rock Hill. Gastonia is the 13th largest city in North Carolina. It is part of the Charlotte metropolitan area, officially designated the Charlotte-Concord-Rock Hill Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 46.3 square miles (120 sq.km), of which, 46.1 square miles (119 sq.km) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 sq.km) of it (0.43%) is water. It occupies 13% of the total area of Gaston County.
Attractions and institutions
1. The Schiele Museum of Natural History features a number of permanent exhibits, including the Hall of North Carolina Natural History and the Henry Hall of the American Indian. The museum is also home to the James H. Lynn Planetarium, the only planetarium in the Charlotte area.
2. The Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is located just southeast of the city on NC 279.