Mooresville is a town in southern Iredell County, North Carolina, USA.
It is in the Metrolina metro area, and is on Lake Norman. The
population was 32,711 at the 2010
United States Census, making it the
largest town in Iredell County. It is located approximately 25 miles
north of Charlotte.
Mooresville is best known as the home of many
NASCAR racing teams and
drivers, along with an
IndyCar team and its drivers, as well as racing
technology suppliers, which has earned the city the nickname "Race
City USA." Also located in Mooresville is the corporate headquarters
Lowe's Companies and Universal Technical Institute's NASCAR
Mooresville is also a part owner of the cable television entity
MI-Connection Communication System along with Davidson and Cornelius.
6 Transportation and Highways
7.1 The Mooresville Graded School District
7.2 Iredell-Statesville School District
7.3 Private schools
7.4 Charter schools
8 Historic districts
9 Sister cities
10 Notable residents
12 External links
Mooresville is located at 35°35′4″N 80°49′13″W /
35.58444°N 80.82028°W / 35.58444; -80.82028 (35.584337,
According to the
Census Bureau, the town has a total
area of 14.7 square miles (38 km2), of which, 14.7 square miles
(38 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) of
it (0.20%) is water.
The area that would develop into the town of Mooresville was
originally settled by English, German, and Scot-Irish families who
moved into the area from nearby Rowan County, as well as Virginia,
Pennsylvania and elsewhere. Many were seeking new lands on which to
establish farms. 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. Many of
these families established large farms, primarily of cotton, which
grew into small plantations by the 1850s. Major Rufus Reid was
considered by far the most successful planter in the area, enslaving
81 human beings on over 2,000 acres of land. His plantation was known
as Mount Mourne Plantation, and was named after the Mourne mountains
of Co Down Northern Ireland. Several other historic plantation homes
set in the area as well, such as the elegant Johnson-Neel House, the
Cornelius House, Forest Dell Plantation, and the colonial era Belmont
In 1856, a railroad was placed on a natural ridge that happened to go
through the land of a local farmer by the name of John Franklin Moore.
A small scale planter, 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 however, with the railroads track
being removed to aid the Confederate efforts in Virginia. After the
war, the tracks were returned, and Moore's Siding slowly began to
prosper. Shortly after the Civil War, John Franklin Moore saw the need
for the village to incorporate into a town. The town was incorporated
as Mooresville in 1873. Mr. Moore also helped to establish the first
brick making factory in Mooresville, and built some of the first brick
buildings on Main Street. Mr. Moore died in 1877 and his wife, Rachel
Summrow Moore, continued the development of the town.
In 1883 the railroad lines were run back through the town with the
addition of a new depot. The railroad brought growth to the town,
which continued to grow with the addition of the first water plant in
the early 1890s, the establishment of a library in 1899, a phone
company in 1893 and the first of many textile mills in 1900.
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.
From textile mills to NASCAR; over the years, many business and
industries have called Mooresville home. One of the more notable
being, a professional minor league baseball team, the Mooresville
Moors who played in the Class D
North Carolina State League from
1937–1942. The league ceased operations for two seasons due to World
War II but was reorganized in 1945.
Mooresville has also been home to many famous people over the years as
well such as Dr. Selma Burke, who created the bust of President
Franklin D. Roosevelt for the Four Freedoms plaque on the Recorder of
Deed Building in Washington, D.C. It would later be used for the image
on the dime, and many others. Mooresville has continued to grow over
the years to become a major attraction for sports companies,
businesses, the movie industry and many others since its
On December 11, 2014, 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) from
the Marshall Steam Station into Lake Norman.
On October 3, 2015, Duke reported that a sinkhole had formed at the
base of the Marshall Steam Station dam north of Charlotte on Lake
Norman. The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) says Duke placed
a liner in the hole and filled it with crushed stone.
Mooresville is also branded as Race
City USA. The town is home to
more than 60
NASCAR teams and racing related businesses, along with an
INDYCAR team. Mooresville features two automotive museums: The Memory
Lane Motorsports and Historical Automotive Museum and the North
Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame. The Mooresville Convention &
Visitors Bureau is the official resource for travelers.
U.S. Decennial Census
In the 2000 census, there were 18,823 people, 7,139 households, and
5,082 families residing in the town. The population density was
1,281.6 people per square mile (494.7/km2). There were 7,741 housing
units at an average density of 527.1 per square mile (203.5/km2). 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, 1.14% from
other races, and 1.06% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of
any race were 2.55% of the population.
There were 7,139 households out of which 39.1% had children under the
age of 18 living with them, 54.9% were married couples living
together, 12.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and
28.8% were non-families. 24.0% of all households were made up of
individuals and 8.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age
or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family
size was 3.09.
In the town, the population was spread out with 28.7% under the age of
18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 34.3% from 25 to 44, 18.4% from 45 to 64, and
11.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years.
For every 100 females there were 93.4 males. For every 100 females age
18 and over, there were 88.8 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $42,943, and the
median income for a family was $51,011. Males had a median income of
$39,524 versus $24,939 for females. The per capita income for the town
was $20,549. 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%
of those age 65 or over.
Mooresville is governed by a Board of Commissioners which is chaired
by the mayor, Miles Atkins. He was elected in November 2011.
In addition to Atkins, the current Board is composed of:
Eddie Dingler – Ward 1
Thurman Houston – Ward 2
Danny Beaver – Ward 3
Lisa Qualls – Ward 4
Bobby Compton – At Large
David Coble – At Large
Transportation and Highways
The following highways pass through or around Mooresville:
Interstate 77 - passes through the West side of Mooresville
US 21- passes through the West side of Mooresville, running parallel
to I-77 approximately one mile east of I-77
North Carolina Highway 3- passes through downtown Mooresville. Number
is in recognition of the late
NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, whose car
number was 3.
North Carolina Highway 115 - passes through downtown Mooresville
North Carolina Highway 150 - passes through the North side of
North Carolina Highway 152 - passes through downtown Mooresville
North Carolina Highway 801 - passes through the Northeast side of
Exit 36 from
Interstate 77 provides access to NC 150 and downtown
Exits 33 and 42 from
Interstate 77 provide access to US 21, while Exit
42 also connects with NC 115.
Exits 31 (Langtree Road) and 35 (Brawley School Road) also connect
I-77 with Mooresville.
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 states that only one school
system in a county would be funded. It was stalled in committee though
and failed passage. Previous attempts to consolidate have been
By 2010, every student in the fourth through twelfth grades in the
Mooresville Graded School District had a MacBook laptop.
Mooresville recently built a new intermediate school and elementary
school, then moved the middle school to Mooresville Intermediate
School, and is using the old middle school as an extended campus of
the Mooresville High School, known as the Magnolia Street Campus.
Mooresville Graded School District dedicated and renamed the
high school's football stadium after Coach Joe Popp. Coach Popp and
the 1961 Mooresville Blue Devils won the NC State High School Football
Championship and remain the only team from Mooresville to have that
honor. Coach Popp is also a member of the
Catawba College Sports Hall
of Fame. Coach Popp Stadium is located behind the Magnolia Street
Campus of Mooresville High School.
Mooresville is also the location of a campus of Mitchell Community
College, whose main campus is in Statesville, the county seat of
In addition to having top notch schools, the Mooresville community has
a class 5A Marching Band, Pride in Motion, that is revered as one
of the best in the state.
The Mooresville Graded School District
Park View Elementary (grades K–3)
South Elementary (grades K–3)
Rocky River Elementary (grades K–3)
East Mooresvlle Intermediate (Grades 4–6)
Mooresville Intermediate (Grades 4–6)
Mooresville Middle School (Grades 7–8)
Mooresville Senior High School (Grades 9–12)
N.F. Woods Technology & Art Center (Part of MHS)
Iredell-Statesville School District
Mt. Mourne International Baccalaureate School
Woodland Heights Elementary School
Lake Norman Elementary School
Lakeshore Elementary School
Shepherd Elementary School
Brawley Middle School
Lakeshore Middle School
Lake Norman High School
South Iredell High School
Collaborative College for Technology and Leadership (Early College
High School program)
Coddle Creek Elementary
Troutman Elementary School
Troutman Middle School
Lake Norman Christian School (moved to Davidson, North Carolina)
Davidson Day School
Davidson Day School (located in Davidson, North Carolina)
Woodlawn School located 1 mile north of Davidson College in Iredell
Pine Lake Preparatory School (Charter School)
Langtree Charter School
In addition to a number of historic sites including Mount Mourne
Plantation, Johnson-Neel House, Cornelius House, and Espy Watts
Brawley House, Mooresville is home to the following historic districts
listed on the National Register of Historic Places:
Mooresville Historic District, which includes much of the downtown
Mooresville Mill Village Historic District, a residential area
near the former mill site; and
South Broad Street Row, a district of older homes, some now in
commercial use, near downtown.
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Greg Biffle – Retired
Nicole Briscoe – ESPN host
Ryan Briscoe – INDYCAR driver
Selma Burke – Sculptor/artist
Kurt Busch –
Kyle Busch –
Dale Earnhardt –
NASCAR Hall of Famer
Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. – Retired
Kerry Earnhardt – Retired
Jeff Gordon - Retired
Hayes Grier – Social media personality
Nash Grier – Social media personality
Will Grier –
American football quarterback for the West Virginia
Dan Jansen – Retired Speed Skater
Kasey Kahne –
Brad Keselowski –
David Levine - ARCA and
Joey Logano –
John J. Mack – Investment banker
Olindo Mare – Kicker
J. B. Mauney
J. B. Mauney – bull rider for the PBR association
Joe Nemechek –
Thomas O'Keefe - Musician
Julius Peppers –
Defensive end formerly of the Carolina Panthers,
Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers. Back with Carolina Panthers
Will Power – INDYCAR driver
Charles Robinson – WWE referee
Reed Sorenson –
Ricky Steamboat – Former professional wrestler
Ryan Blaney –
Chase Elliott –
Curt White - Former Olympic weightlifter
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