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Mooresville, North Carolina
—  Town  —
Nickname(s): Race City USA
Location of Mooresville, North Carolina
Coordinates: 35°35′4″N 80°49′13″W / 35.58444°N 80.82028°W / 35.58444; -80.82028Coordinates: 35°35′4″N 80°49′13″W / 35.58444°N 80.82028°W / 35.58444; -80.82028
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Iredell
Area
 - Total 14.7 sq mi (38.1 km2)
 - Land 14.7 sq mi (38.0 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 925 ft (282 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 18,823
 Density 1,281.6/sq mi (494.8/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 28115, 28117
Area code(s) 704, 980
FIPS code 37-44220[1]
GNIS feature ID 0990209[2]
Website www.ci.mooresville.nc.us

Mooresville is a town in Iredell County, North Carolina, USA. The population was 18,823 at the 2000 census. It is located approximately 25 miles north of Charlotte.

Mooresville is the home to the corporate headquarters of Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse, and is perhaps best known as the home of many NASCAR racing teams, which earned the city the nickname "Race City USA." It is also home to NASCAR's NASCAR Technical Institute.

The current Mayor of Mooresville is Chris Montgomery. He was elected in November 2009.

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Geography

Mooresville is located at 35°35′4″N 80°49′13″W / 35.58444°N 80.82028°W / 35.58444; -80.82028 (35.584337, -80.820139).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 14.7 square miles (38.1 km²), of which, 14.7 square miles (38.0 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.20%) is water.

History

Mooresville was started in 1856 when a railroad was to come through the area needing a point to place a few cotton weighing scales. The area happened to sit directly on the site of the prosperous plantation of John Franklin Moore, and his wife Rachel Summrow Moore. Not only did Moore donate land for the weighing station, but he also gave land for a Depot, and land for several people to start up home upon. The Town was then all the way up until 1873 known as Moore's Siding, with town growth stumbling with the Civil War. In 1873, the Town was incorporated at Mooresville, with 25 families, and several others living within its bounds.Growth eventually came,and soon the town began to prosper, and by 1900, Mooresville had 1000 residents living within its boundaries. The town slowly but steadily grew throughout the twentieth century, and like many small towns in North Carolina its economy centered around a few large textile and furniture factories. However, in the 1980s the nearby city of Charlotte began to see enormous population growth, and today Mooresville is increasingly a suburban "bedroom community" for Charlotte-area workers. The town has experienced rapid population growth in recent years, and considerable housing and shopping-center development as well.

The area Mooresville was settled upon had already had Europeans upon it prior to 1856. Two very large and prosperous plantations, Mount Mourne Place and Belmont, were in the area with Belmont being in place well before the Revolutionary War. There were also several other smaller plantations in the area, and many farms in the area as well. Well before the Europeans came though, The Catawba Indians used the area as hunting grounds, and legend holds that in the area is an old Indian burial mound, which is yet to be discovered.

Mooresville was once home to a professional minor league baseball. The Mooresville Moors 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. That season's team was known as the Mooresville Braves, due to the fact it was part of the Boston Braves farm system. The following season, 1946, the club returned to its traditional Moors nickname and remained in the league until it disbanded after the 1952 season. In 1953 a new Class D league, known as the Tar Heel League, was formed and the Mooresville Moors were members for its one season of existence. At least two former members of the Moors went on to play in the Major Leagues, pitchers Dave Jolly and Hoyt Wilhelm, who was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Race City USA

Mooresville, NC is also known as Race City, USA. The city is home to more than 60 NASCAR teams and racing related businesses including Red Bull Racing Team, and Penske Racing South. Memory Lane Motorsports and Historical Automotive Museum is located in Mooresville, featuring over 100 exhibits and cars from drivers like Dale Earnhardt Sr., Richard Petty, Bobby Labonte, and many more. The North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame is located in Mooresville, and also serves as the town’s official visitor’s center, where you can see Alan Kulwicki’s championship winning 1992 Ford, and Curtis Turner’s famous “Purple Hog, a 1956 Ford race car. The NASCAR Technical Institute is located in Mooresville, along with a NASCAR pit crew training school.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2009, 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/sq mi (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 1.24%.

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.

Schools

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 possibly consolidate the two systems.[1] It states that only one School System in a county would be funded. It has been stalled in committee though and will likely fail passage. Previous attempts to consolidate have been defeated.[2]

By 2010 every student in the Mooresville Graded School District will have a Macbook laptop. Mooresville also plans to build a new Intermediate school, then move current middle school to MIS, making the middle school a freshman academy for the current high school.

Mooresville is also the location of a campus of Mitchell Community College, whose main campus is in Statesville, the county seat of Iredell County.

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The Mooresville Graded School District

  • Park View Elementary (grades K-2)
  • South Elementary (grades K-2)
  • East Mooresville Intermediate(Grades 3-6)
  • Mooresville Intermediate(Grades 3-6)
  • Mooresville Middle School[3](Grades 7-8)
  • Mooresville High School (Grades 9-12)
  • N.F. Woods Technology & Art Center (Part of MHS)

Iredell-Statesville School District [4]

  • Mt. Mourne Elementary School [5]
  • Woodland Heights Elementary School [6]
  • Lake Norman Elementary School [7]
  • Lakeshore Elementary School [8]
  • Shepherd Elementary School [9]
  • Brawley Middle School [10]
  • Lakeshore Middle School [11]
  • Lake Norman High School [12]
  • South Iredell High School [13]
  • Collaborative College for Technology and Leadership (Early College High School program) [14]

Private schools

Charter schools

  • Pine Lake Preparatory School

Sister city

Notable residents

References

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. http://geonames.usgs.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/gazette.html. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

Taylor Robertson- Owner of Mooresville Matt Kenseth- 2003 Winston Cup Champion

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