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Mooresville, North Carolina

  •   State: 
    North Carolina
    Iredell County
      County FIPS: 
    35°35′05″N 80°49′36″W
      Area total: 
    26.58 sq mi (68.84 km²)
      Area land: 
    26.51 sq mi (68.66 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.07 sq mi (0.17 km²)
    840 ft (260 m)
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
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    Mooresville, Iredell County, North Carolina, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    1,893.29 residents per square mile of area (731.00/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
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Mooresville is a large town located in the southwestern section of Iredell County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 50,193 at the 2020 United States Census. It is located approximately 25 miles (40 km) north of Charlotte. The town is best known as the home of many NASCAR racing teams and drivers, along with an IndyCar team and its drivers. It has earned the town the nickname "Race City USA". Also located in Mooresville are the corporate headquarters of Lowe's Corporation and Universal Technical Institute's NASCAR Technical Institute. The area that would develop into the town of Mooresvile was originally settled by English, German, and Scots-Irish families who moved into the area from nearby Rowan County, as well as from Virginia, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere. Many of the early families such as the Wilsons, Davidsons, Cowans, Sherrills, Torrances, and others came to the area as early as the mid-1700s. They formed small communities that eventually grew into the community known as "Deep Well", which took its name from a large natural well that was found in the area. Major Rufus Reid was the most prominent planter in. the area, enslaving 81 African Americans on over 2,000 acres (810 ha) of land. His property was known as Mount Mourne Plantation, named after the Mourne Mountains of County Down in Northern Ireland. The Moorsville minor league baseball team played in the North Carolina State League from 1937 to 1942.


Mooresville is located in southern Iredell County at 35°354N 80°4913W (35.584337, 80.820139). Interstate 77 passes through the western side of the town, with access from Exits 31 through 36. I-77 leads south to the South Carolina border and north to the Virginia line. Statesville, just to the north, is the county seat. According to the United States Census Bureau, Mooresville has a total area of 21.0 square miles (54.3 km²), of which 20.9 square miles are land and 0.1 km², or 0.24%, is water. The town is located 27 miles (43 km) north of Charlotte and 16 miles (26 km) south of Statesville. Lake Norman, on the Catawba River, is 3 to 8 miles (5 to 13 km) west of the Town center. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that the town has a population of 2,788. The city is located on the North Carolina-South Carolina border, and is on the Virginia-Virginia line. It is located near the intersection of Interstate 77 and I-95, with exits 31 and 36 leading to South Carolina and Virginia, and Exits 36 and 37 leading to Virginia and North Carolina, respectively. It has an elevation of 35.4 feet (12.7 meters) and is located at 35.5 feet (11.5 meters) above sea level.


Mooresville was originally settled by English, German, and Scots-Irish families who moved into the area from nearby Rowan County, as well as from Virginia, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere. Many of the early families such as the Wilsons, Davidsons, Cowans, Sherrills, Torrances, and others came to the area as early as the mid-1700s. In 1856, a railroad was placed on a ridge that crossed the land of a local farmer by the name of John Franklin Moore. Moore set up a depot on his land, and encouraged others to help establish a small village on the location in the late 1850s. The little village, known as "Moore's Siding", was born. The Civil War hampered developments, with the railroad tracks being removed to aid the Confederate efforts in Virginia. After the war, the tracks were returned, and the village slowly began to prosper. The town was incorporated as Mooresville in 1873. In 1938, artist Alicia Weincek painted the mural North Carolina Cotton Industry in the town's post office, having won a WPA competition for the commissioned work. Selma Burke, a prominent sculptor during the Harlem Renaissance, created the bust of President Franklin D. Roosevelt for the Four Freedoms plaque on the Recorder of Deeds building in Washington, D.C. The bust would later be used for the image on the U.S. dime. On October 3, 2015, Duke reported that a sinkhole had formed at the base of the Marshall Steam Station dam on Lake Norman. The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) says Duke placed a liner in the hole and filled it with crushed stone. Duke Energy, to repair a rusted, leaking pipe, received approval from North Carolina to dump coal ash (containing arsenic, lead, thallium and mercury, among other heavy metals) into Lake Norman in December 2014.

Race City USA

Mooresville is home to more than 60 NASCAR teams and racing-related businesses. Mooresville features two automotive museums: the Memory Lane Motorsports and Historical Automotive Museum, and the North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame. The town is also home to an IndyCar team. The North Carolina Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official resource for travelers in the state. The city is located on the banks of the N.C. Turnpike, which is a major thoroughfare in the area. It is also the site of the NASCAR Grand National Championship, which took place in 1998. The NASCAR team won the championship for the first time in the history of the town in 2000. It was the first NASCAR team to win the title in North Carolina since the 1950s. The team has since won the title again in 2008. The race team has also won the Coca-Cola 600, the NASCAR Truck Championship and the Winston Cup Championship in the last two years. The track is located in the town's historic downtown area, which has a population of more than 100,000. It also has the NASCAR Museum, which was built in the 1930s and features a collection of racing memorabilia, including cars, cars and other memorabilia from the era. It has also been home to the NASCAR Hall of Famer, Dale Earnhardt, who died in a car crash in 2004. The N. Carolina Motor Racing Museum is a museum dedicated to the history and legacy of the sport. It opened in 1958.


As of the 2020 U.S. census, there were 50,193 people, 14,233 households, and 9,866 families residing in the town. The racial makeup of the town was 81.54% White, 14.23% African American, 0.36% Native American, 1.66% Asian,0.02% Pacific Islander, and 1.06% from two or more races. The median income for a household in the city was $42,943, and $51,011 for a family. About 5.6% of families and 7.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.5% of those under age 18 and 12.3% ofThose age 65 or over. In the 2000 census, the town had a population of 18,823 people, 7,139 households and 5,082 families. The town has a population density of 1,281.6 people per square mile (494.7/km²), with 7,741 housing units at an average density of 527.1 per squaremile (203.5/ km²) The town's population was spread out, with 28.7% under the age of 18. For every 100 females, there are 93.4 males. For each 100 females age 18 or over, there is 88.8 males. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.09. The per capita income for the town is $20,549.


The town of Mooresville is run in a Commission-Manager style of municipal government. The Town Manager is Randy Hemann. The Board of Commissioners is presided by Mayor Miles Atkins and can be presided over by Mayor Pro Tempore and Ward 4 Commissioner Lisa Qualls in the event of Atkins absence. The town has a population of 2,000. The city is located in the eastern part of the state. The population of the town is 2,200. the town's population was 2,100 in the year 2000. the city's population at the time of the 2010 census was 1,788. the population at that time was 1.903. The mayor is Miles Atkins, who is also the mayor pro Tempore. The board of commissioners has a total of seven members, with the mayor and the mayor-pro Tempore serving as co-presidents. the board has a maximum of five members. the mayor has a term of office of five years, with a maximum term of seven years. the current term is five years and the maximum term is six years. It is the first town in the state to have a mayor pro tempore and a commissioner in the same office. The council has a minimum term of three years and a maximum period of six years, both of which can be extended to seven years if necessary. It has been in existence since the town was founded in 1881. It was the first city in the county to be incorporated. The first town to become a city was in 1883.

Transportation and highways

Interstate 77 - passes through the western side of Mooresville. US 21- runs parallel to I-77. North Carolina Highway 3- passes through downtown. Lake Norman Airpark is located on the edge of Lake Norman and is 5 miles (8.0 km) northwest of downtown. A thriving "fly-in community", the airport is home to almost 50 lots. Tie-downs and fuel are available. The airport is owned by the surrounding Lake Norman airpark Owners Association. It offers a 3,100-foot (940 m) runway. It is located near the town of Davidson, in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. The town is also home to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, which has a campus of the College of Arts and Sciences. The city is also the home of the North Carolina Museum of Art, which was founded in 1875. It has a museum of African-American history and culture, which dates back to the 19th century. The museum is located at the center of the town, near the intersection of Interstate 77 and US 21. It also offers a museum on the history of the city, as well as a museum about the town's early history. It was also the site of the first public library in the state, which opened in 1876. The library is now closed, but it is still open for special events and events. The community also has its own museum, the Museum of African American History and Culture, which is open to the public every year.


Mooresville is primarily served by the Mooresville Graded School District, but is also partly in the Iredell-Statesville school system. A proposal in the 2007 North Carolina state budget could have possibly consolidated the two systems. It was stalled in committee though and failed passage. By 2010, every student in the fourth through twelfth grades had a MacBook laptop. In 2010, the high school's football stadium was dedicated and renamed after Coach Joe Popp. Coach Popp is also a member of the Catawba College Sports Hall of Fame. Mitchell Community College's main campus is in Statesville, the county seat of I redell County. The town also has a private school, Lake Norman Christian School, and a charter school, Pine Lake Preparatory School. It is also the location of Davidson Day School, which is located 1 mile north of Davidson College in Iredel County. It also has an elementary school, Rocky River Elementary, and an middle school, which are all located in the town of Mooresvile. It has a high school, known as the Magnolia Street Campus, which has a football stadium named in honor of the 1961 Blue Devils, who won the NC State High School Football Championship. The high school is also home to the N.F. Woods Technology & Art Center (Part of MHS), which is also part of the MHS campus. The school district has also built a new intermediate school and elementary school and is using the old middle school as an extended campus of the High School.

Historic districts

Mooresville is home to a number of historic sites including Mount Mourne Plantation, Johnson-Neel House, Cornelius House, and Espy Watts Brawley House. Mooresville has three historic districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The town is also home to South Broad Street Row, a district of older homes, some now in commercial use, near downtown. In addition to the historic sites, the town has a large number of restaurants and bars. The city is located on the North Carolina Turnpike, which runs through the town's downtown area. It is also on the U.S. Interstate 70, which connects the city to the east and the west. The North Carolina Turnpike and the South Carolina Interstates connect the town to the north and the east, respectively. In the south, the city's main street, South Broad Street, is known as the "Main Street" and is located near the former mill site. The downtown commercial district is called the "Downtown Historic District" The town also has the "Mill Village" Historic District, which includes a residential area near the old mill site, and the "South Broad Street Row" Historic District, which is made up of several older homes in the downtown area, some of which are now in use as commercial use. The "Mill Village Historic District" is also located in the city, and includes the former Mill Village Commercial District and the Mill Village Historic District.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Mooresville, Iredell County, North Carolina = 82. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 85. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 20. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Mooresville = 4.8 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 11,747 individuals with a median age of 34.9 age the population grows by 23.79% in Mooresville, Iredell County, North Carolina population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 1,893.29 residents per square mile of area (731.00/km²). There are average 2.63 people per household in the 8,727 households with an average household income of $53,752 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 12.70% of the available work force and has dropped -3.32% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 20.66%. The number of physicians in Mooresville per 100,000 population = 188.


The annual rainfall in Mooresville = 42.6 inches and the annual snowfall = 5 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 107. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 216. 89 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 26.1 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 36, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Mooresville, Iredell County, North Carolina which are owned by the occupant = 61.38%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 13 years with median home cost = $161,170 and home appreciation of -8.73%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $5.72 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $4,533 per student. There are 19.3 students for each teacher in the school, 750 students for each Librarian and 438 students for each Counselor. 9.59% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 18.18% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 6.37% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Mooresville's population in Iredell County, North Carolina of 1,533 residents in 1900 has increased 7,66-fold to 11,747 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 51.25% female residents and 48.75% male residents live in Mooresville, Iredell County, North Carolina.

    As of 2020 in Mooresville, Iredell County, North Carolina are married and the remaining 33.62% are single population.

  • 29.2 minutes is the average time that residents in Mooresville require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    84.45% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 10.34% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 0.21% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 2.62% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Mooresville, Iredell County, North Carolina, 61.38% are owner-occupied homes, another 29.50% are rented apartments, and the remaining 9.12% are vacant.

  • The 48.79% of the population in Mooresville, Iredell County, North Carolina who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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