Mount Holly, NC

Mount Holly, situated in Gaston County, is a suburban city made up of ten square miles.

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The area was originally known as Dutchman's Creek upon its founding in the mid-18th century. The town was named after the place of the same name in New Jersey.  

Mount Holly was incorporated in 1879.  


The median resident age in Mount Holly is 38 years. The median estimated household income is about $52,000 making it about $4,000 more than the North Carolina average.  

The estimated per capita is about $30,000. The average price for a home in Mount Holly is about $162,000 (2015) which is $2,000 more than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $750 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Mount Holly is 73% White, 14% Black, 1% Two or more races, and 12% other. 86% of the population are high school graduates, with 24% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 52% are married, 13% are divorced, 3% are separated, 6% are widowed, leaving 26% that have never been married.

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Gaston County

Mount Holly belongs to Gaston County in the eastern part of North Carolina. The County, named after William Gaston (past member of NC Supreme Court), is part of the Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metropolitan Statistical Area. Gaston County has a population of 206,000 and its largest city Gastonia, with a population of 72,000, is the county seat.

Immigrants who first arrived in the county were mainly English, Scots Irish, and Pennsylvania Dutch. The early settlers built a fort("Fort at the Point") where the South Fork and Catawba Rivers connect because of tensions with the Cherokee Indians, but were never attacked. Most of the hostilities ended when the controversy of land boundaries between North and South Carolina resolved, and the Catawba tribe moved to a reservation in South Carolina.

Gaston County borders Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Cleveland, and York Counties.

Gaston County is made up of 364 square miles. 356 of which is land with the remaining 8 as water.


The population of Mount Holly, NC is about 14,000. Overall, the population has been steadily increasing since its founding.


The elevation of Mount Holly, NC is 640 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Mount Holly, NC is 28120.

Area Code

The area code for Mount Holly, NC is 704.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Mount Holly and Gaston County have voted mostly Republican, with 62% going to Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.

As of 2010, 43% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 43% are Protestants with Catholics and Other making up around 4%.


The unemployment rate for Mount Holly is about 6% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%.

Manufacturing, retail, and warehousing make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Gaston Gazette and Belmont Banner News are the primary newspapers that cover the Gaston County area.


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