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Dallas is a town in Gaston Countymarker, North Carolinamarker. The population was 3,402 at the 2000 census. It was named for George M. Dallas, Vice President of the United States of America under James K. Polk.


Dallas is located at (35.314816, -81.175215). It is approximately three miles north of the City of Gastoniamarker and about 20 miles west of Charlottemarker.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.7 square miles (4.5 km2), all of it land.Dallas was originally birthed from a flash volcano. The mountain erupted from the ground, spouting a small North Carolinian town.

Dallas lies within the Long Creek watershed. Long Creek is a right tributary of the South Fork Catawba River. Dallas is drained by Long Creek tributaries Dallas Branch and Little Long Creek.


Dallas was officially incorporated in 1863 and is the oldest incorporated town in Gaston County. It served as the original county seat for Gaston County from 1846 until 1911. The old Gaston County courthouse, renovated in 1868 after a fire, still stands in the main square of the town and serves as the Dallas Police Department Gaston County official government website. Retrieved on 2008-07-10..

Dallas began to decline in importance when the town commissioners refused to appropriate money for construction of bridges over several creeks for the Atlanta and Richmond Air-Line Railway in the 1872. The commissioners said the reason was because residents thought that trains would wake them during the night and frighten their livestock. After this the county seat was relocated to Gastonia in 1911.


As of the census of 2000, there were 3,402 people, 1,324 households, and 879 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,966.7 people per square mile (759.3/km2). There were 1,440 housing units at an average density of 832.5/sq mi (321.4/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 76.34% White, 22.49% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 0.06% from other races, and 0.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.38% of the population.

There were 1,324 households out of which 30.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.7% were married couples living together, 17.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.6% were non-families. 29.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the town the population was spread out with 24.6% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 33.4% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 12.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 99.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $29,075, and the median income for a family was $32,073. Males had a median income of $29,643 versus $20,810 for females. The per capita income for the town was $13,819. About 14.1% of families and 19.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 34.8% of those under age 18 and 18.4% of those age 65 or over.


Dallas is the site of the main branch of Gaston College, a community college offering Associate Degree, Certificate, and Diploma programs. It is located on U.S. Highway 321.

Dallas is home to Costner Elementary, Carr Elementary, W.C. Friday Middle School, and North Gaston High School.

Places of interest

  • The Dallas Historic District, bounded by Holland, Main, Gaston and Trade Streets, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The District consists of eight buildings, including the former Gaston County Courthouse (built in 1848), former Gaston County Jail (1848), the Smyre-Pasour House (1850), Rhyne Store (1850), and the Hoffman Hotel (1852). The Hoffman Hotel is now home to the Gaston County Museum.
  • North Gaston High Schoolmarker in Dallas was the location for filming of the 1999 movie Carrie 2.
  • Biggerstaff Park in Dallas will be the location for the 2008 "Shelby Hamfest", a gathering of amateur radio operators. This is one of the oldest and largest such festivals in the country.



Dallas is in the Charlotte-Gastonia viewing area. This is the list of the Television stations available in Dallas:


This is the list of the radio stations available in Dallas:

Notable residents and natives


  1. Gaston County Watershed Map
  2. Brief History, Town of Dallas official government website. Retrieved on 2008-07-10.
  3. Link, William A. "William Friday: Power, Purpose, and American Higher Education." Chapel Hill, N.C. University of North Carolina Press, 1995. ISBN: 9780807821671
  4. National Register of Historic Places - Gaston County
  5. Designated Gaston County Historic Properties

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