How Gaston County is catering to young professionals


This post is brought to you in partnership with Gaston Outside. All opinions are our own.

Gaston County is fast becoming an attractive place for millennials to set up residence. A beautiful place to live, the county has taken significant steps toward providing an inviting space for young people.

Whether you are thinking about moving to Gaston County or are already here and need a refresher on the available opportunities, this article will highlight some of the best things about living in the area.

Real estate development

As the county expands and brings in a larger population, those people are going to need places to live. Rich in tradition and history, Gaston County has started projects to redevelop many of its old textile mills into trendy, beautiful living spaces.

Mills like the historic Osage Mill in Bessemer City currently in development and Loray Mill in Gastonia, which is currently available to rent, feature loft apartments over bustling commercial venues.

Plus, as part of GO Month, kicking off in October, the Gaston Association of Realtors will hold a county-wide open house for potential homebuyers to visit and fall in love with their new home.

Millennial-friendly restaurants and shops

Many of the businesses in Gaston County have started to cater more to a younger audience. For example, there are 22 pet-friendly restaurants in Gastonia alone!

Given young people’s desire for more open areas, places like The String Bean Restaurant and Nellie’s Southern Kitchen in Belmont have outdoor and rooftop patios, respectively. Plus, dog-friendly bars and breweries like Rivermen Brewing Company and Ole Dallas Brewing are popping up around the county.

Oh, and the county is emphasizing other millennial favorites, like improved retail options. Those old mills being renovated? They’re going to feature businesses that are expected to create hundreds of new jobs for young professionals.

Adventures in the outdoors

For lovers of the outdoors, Gaston County is a paradise. The county has an amazing array of opportunities for fun, like a hike up Crowder’s Mountain, a visit to the lush Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, picnics at Rankin Lake or trips down the Seven Oaks Preserve Trail or the Rocky Branch Bike Trail.

The county is also home to the Schiele Museum of Natural History, which has the largest collection of land mammals in the Southeast. For more information on outdoor-based fun, visit Gaston Outside’s guide here.

Gaston County, home to bigger cities and rustic towns, has just the right mix of history and modernity to attract the growing millennial workforce.

Its new development projects emphasize expansion while still providing the peace and southern charm that many find irresistible about North Carolina.

Gaston Outside is celebrating GO Month all October long, celebrating the best of what makes the county a great place to live, work and play.

Want to learn more about Gaston Outside, opportunities for young professionals in Gaston County and how you can participate in GO MonthClick here for more information.


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