Stanley, North Carolina

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Stanley, North Carolina
Motto: "A Friendly Place"
Location of Stanley, North Carolina
Location of Stanley, North Carolina
Coordinates: 35°21′30″N 81°5′49″W / 35.35833°N 81.09694°W / 35.35833; -81.09694Coordinates: 35°21′30″N 81°5′49″W / 35.35833°N 81.09694°W / 35.35833; -81.09694
Country  United States
State  North Carolina
County Gaston
 • Total 2.70 sq mi (6.99 km2)
 • Land 2.68 sq mi (6.95 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.04 km2)
Elevation 863 ft (263 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 3,556
 • Density 1,325/sq mi (511.7/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 28164
Area code(s) 704
FIPS code 37-64500[1]
GNIS feature ID 0995408[2]

Stanley is a town in Gaston County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 3,556 at the 2010 census.[3]


Stanley is located at 35°21′30″N 81°5′49″W / 35.35833°N 81.09694°W / 35.35833; -81.09694 (35.358447, -81.096815)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.7 square miles (7.0 km2), of which 2.7 square miles (6.9 km2) is land and 0.015 square miles (0.04 km2), or 0.57%, is water.[3] The 28164 zip code for Stanley extends north into unincorporated land as far as the southwest corner of Lake Norman in Lincoln County.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,053 people, 1,201 households, and 887 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,327.2 people per square mile (512.5/km²). There were 1,303 housing units at an average density of 566.4 per square mile (218.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 89.42% American, 8.42% African American, 0.39% Native American, 0.46% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.66% from other races, and 0.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.82% of the population.

There were 1,201 households out of which 35.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.7% were married couples living together, 14.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.1% were non-families. 23.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the town the population was spread out with 26.6% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 32.2% from 25 to 44, 22.0% from 45 to 64, and 11.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 93.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $35,867, and the median income for a family was $39,914. Males had a median income of $36,932 versus $21,178 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,403. About 9.0% of families and 10.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.6% of those under age 18 and 9.3% of those age 65 or over.


Stanley has four public schools.

The Stanley Branch of the Gaston County Public Library system serves this community.[5]


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