Iredell County, North Carolina
Infobox U.S. County
county = Iredell County
state = North Carolina
map size = 250
founded = 1788
seat = Statesville | area_total_sq_mi =597
area percentage = 3.59%
census yr = 2000
pop = 122660
web = www.co.iredell.nc.us
Iredell County is a
countylocated in the U.S. stateof North Carolina. As of 2000, the population was 122,660. Its county seatis StatesvilleGR|6. It is a major hub of NASCARracing, with many race shops located in the county (mostly around Mooresville). NASCAR also operates the NASCAR Technical Institutein the county. Many NASCAR drivers live around Mooresvilleand Lake Norman. Although northern Iredell County has retained much of its rural character, the southern half of the county is experiencing rapid suburbanizationand population growth, largely due to the immense popularity of the Lake Norman area for residents of nearby Charlotte, North Carolina's largest city.
Iredell County is an important transportation center for the state, as both
Interstate 77and Interstate 40cross just north of Statesville. This has given birth to the county's slogan "Crossroads for the Future." Residents have easy access south down I-77 to Charlotte, North Carolina, north to Elkin, North Carolinaand Roanoke, Virginia, east to Winston-Salemand Greensboro, and west along I-40 to Hickory, North Carolina, and Asheville.
Farming is still a major source of income for many Iredell County residents.
Dairy farminghas been particularly popular in Iredell County for centuries, in both the northern and southern sections of the county. However, the rapid population growth and development in southern Iredell County is putting increasing pressure on farmlands, and many farms in this section are giving way to shopping centers, housing developments, and large corporate office parks.
The county was formed in 1788 from Rowan County. It was named for
James Iredell, an advocate of ratification of the United States Constitution, who was appointed an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United Statesby George Washingtonin 1790.
Law and government
Iredell County is a member of the regional
Centralina Council of Governments.
Iredell County is governed by the Board of Commissioners, consisting of five commissioners elected at large.
IREDELL COUNTY COMMISIONERS (2006-2008):
*Marvin Norman (Chairman)
*Shara Hare-Tice (Vice-Chairwoman)
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 597
square miles (1,546 km²), of which, 576 square miles (1,491 km²) of it is land and 21 square miles (56 km²) of it (3.59%) is water.
Iredell County is located within the Piedmont Region of central North Carolina. The northwestern section of the county contains the Brushy Mountains, a deeply eroded spur of the
Blue Ridge Mountainsfar to the west. The highest point in Iredell County, Fox Mountain, is in the Brushies; it rises to 1,760 feet. Although the "Brushies", as they are often called locally, are not high in the normal sense, they do rise prominently above the surrounding countryside. The remainder of Iredell County consists of gently rolling countryside occasionally broken by low hills and small river valleys. The county's largest river, the Catawba, forms much of its western border. Lake Norman, North Carolina's largest manmade lake, is the most prominent geographic feature of southern Iredell County; it is often called North Carolina's "inland sea".
Iredell County is one of the longest counties in the state and stretches for nearly fifty miles north to south from Yadkin County in the north to Mecklenburg in the south.
The northern third of Iredell county is highly
ruraland contains no large towns. Due to the thinly-populated nature of this portion of the state, it is one of only a few places in North Carolina where the speed limit on Interstate Highwaysexceeds 65 mph, as Interstate 77north of Statesvillehas a speed limit of 70 mph.
The county is divided into sixteen townships: Barringer, Bethany, Chambersburg, Concord, Coddle Creek, Cool Springs, Davidson, Eagle Mills, Fallstown, New Hope, Olin, Sharpesburg, Shiloh, Statesville, Turnersburg, and Union Grove.
Yadkin County, North Carolina- north-northeast
Davie County, North Carolina- east-northeast
Rowan County, North Carolina- east
Cabarrus County, North Carolina- south-southeast
Mecklenburg County, North Carolina- south
Lincoln County, North Carolina- south-southwest
Catawba County, North Carolina- southwest
Alexander County, North Carolina- west-northwest
Wilkes County, North Carolina- north-northwest
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 122,660 people, 47,360 households, and 34,667 families residing in the county. The population densitywas 213 people per square mile (82/km²). There were 51,918 housing units at an average density of 90 per square mile (35/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 82.17% White, 13.67% Black or African American, 0.27% Native American, 1.27% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.68% from other races, and 0.94% from two or more races. 3.41% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 47,360 households out of which 33.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.80% were married couples living together, 11.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.80% were non-families. 22.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.00.
In the county the population was spread out with 25.50% under the age of 18, 7.50% from 18 to 24, 31.30% from 25 to 44, 23.30% from 45 to 64, and 12.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 96.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.10 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $41,920, and the median income for a family was $49,078. Males had a median income of $34,590 versus $24,031 for females. The
per capita incomefor the county was $21,148. About 6.20% of families and 8.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.10% of those under age 18 and 9.80% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns
Davidson is partly in Iredell County.
* [http://www.co.iredell.nc.us Iredell County government official website]
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