The city of Gastonia is located in the county of Gaston. It covers a total area of 131.4 sq. km. Businesses related to industries involved in adhesives, alternative medicine, architecture, automotive, arts and crafts, finance, apparel, information technology, courier, wholesale fabrics, farm equipment, insurance, industrial and commercial machinery, metal and oil and lubrication, contribute to the local economy in a positive way. Commercial spaces are utilized by museums, parks, restaurants, campgrounds, seafood restaurants and surgical centers.