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About Iredell County


Iredell County was incorporated in 1788 when it was formed from adjacent Rowan County. It is named for Judge James Iredell (1751-1799), Attorney General of North Carolina during the Revolutionary War and a delegate to the Constitutional Convention of 1788. The name Iredell, originally Eyredale, dates back to year 1066 to the Battle of Hastings, and it means "a valley of flowing air.

Iredell County Location

The county seat of Statesville is approximately 45 miles north of Charlotte, and approximately 130 miles west of Raleigh, the state capital.
Lake Norman, the nation's largest manmade lake by surface area, extends into the southwest portion of the county with approximately 520 miles of shoreline.

Iredell County is in the central section of the State and is bounded by Rowan, Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, Lincoln, Catawba, Alexander, Wilkes, Yadkin and Davie counties. The present land area is 574.13 square miles and the 2012 population was 162,708. Statesville, established in 1789, is the county seat.

Iredell County Map

The county is dominated by ridges separated by creeks in the valleys. The Brushy Mountains intrude into the northwest corner and include Fox Mountain, with the county's highest elevation of 1,760 feet. The lowest point is 700 feet above sea level where the South Yadkin River crosses the county line and flows eastward along the Davie-Rowan border. At the old courthouse (Iredell County Government Center) is the center of Statesville, and the elevation is 926 feet.

The soil is loamy, a mixture of sand and clay which varies in its proportions from one section of the county to another depending on the indigenous mineral structure. To be agriculturally productive, the Iredell soil must be chemically supplemented. The county is, however, naturally well drained and watered by the venation of its numerous creeks.


Annual Average Temperature 60.1° F
Annual Average Precipitation 54.76"
Average Frost-Free Days 212
Rainfall......47" Snowfall..... 9.1"
Average Relative Humidity 70%

County Holidays:

New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Veterans Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and following Friday, Christmas (2 or 3 days)

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Iredell County North Carolina QuickFacts**

People QuickFactsIredell CountyNorth Carolina
Population, 2012 estimate 162,7089,752,073
Population, 2010 (April 1) estimates base 159,4429,535,471
Population, percent change, April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012 2.0%2.3%
Population, 2010 159,4379,535,483
Persons under 5 years, percent, 2011 6.0%6.5%
Persons under 18 years, percent, 2011 25.0%23.7%
Persons 65 years and over, percent, 2011 13.2%13.2%
Female persons, percent, 2011 50.8%51.3%
White persons, percent, 2011 (a) 83.5%72.1%
Black persons, percent, 2011 (a) 12.3%22.0%
American Indian and Alaska Native persons, percent, 2011 (a) 0.5%1.5%
Asian persons, percent, 2011 (a) 2.0%2.3%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander persons, percent, 2011 (a) 0.1%0.1%
Persons reporting two or more races, percent, 2011 1.5%1.9%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino Origin, percent, 2011 (b) 7.0%8.6%
White persons not Hispanic, percent, 2011 77.5%65.0%
Living in same house 1 year & over, percent, 2007-2011 86.6%83.9%
Foreign born persons, percent, 2007-2011 4.9%7.4%
Language other than English spoken at home, percent age 5+, 2007-2011 8.1%10.6%
High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25+, 2007-2011 84.0%84.1%
Bachelor's degree or higher, percent of persons age 25+, 2007-2011 22.6%26.5%
Veterans, 2007-2011 11,457743,377
Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16+, 2007-2011 24.123.4
Housing units, 2011 69,1684,362,740
Homeownership rate, 2007-2011 74.3%67.8%
Housing units in multi-unit structures, percent, 2007-2011 11.1%17.0%
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2007-2011 $168,300$152,700
Households, 2007-2011 58,8793,664,119
Persons per household, 2007-2011 2.652.50
Per capita money income in the past 12 months (2011 dollars), 2007-2011 $26,685$25,256
Median household income, 2007-2011 $51,139$46,291
Persons below poverty level, percent, 2007-2011 12.3%16.1%
Private nonfarm establishments, 2004 3,757 213,057
Private nonfarm employment, 2004 56,888 3,365,633
Private nonfarm employment, percent change 2000-2004 14.9% -0.6%
Nonemployer establishments, 2004 9,682 551,040
Total number of firms, 2002 11,590 642,597
Black-owned firms, percent, 2002 2.8% 8.1%
American Indian and Alaska Native owned firms, percent, 2002 F 0.9%
Asian-owned firms, percent, 2002 1.2% 2.1%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander owned firms, percent, 2002 F 0.0%
Hispanic-owned firms, percent, 2002 F 1.4%
Women-owned firms, percent, 2002 26.2% 27.1%
Manufacturers shipments, 2002 ($1000) 3,369,811 156,821,943
Wholesale trade sales, 2002 ($1000) 2,370,811 104,331,152
Retail sales, 2002 ($1000) 1,573,615 88,821,486
Retail sales per capita, 2002 $12,054 $10,686
Accommodation and foodservices sales, 2002 ($1000) 143,189 11,237,386
Building permits, 2005 2,546 97,910
Federal spending, 2004 ($1000) 532,445 55,233,420
Land area, 2000 (square miles) 576 48,711
Persons per square mile, 2000 213.0 165.2
FIPS Code 097 37
Metropolitan Area Statesville-Mooresville, NC Micro Area  

(a) Includes persons reporting only one race.
(b) Hispanics may be of any race, so also are included in applicable race categories.

D: Suppressed to avoid disclosure of confidential information
F: Fewer than 100 firms
FN: Footnote on this item for this area in place of data
NA: Not available
S: Suppressed; does not meet publication standards
X: Not applicable
Z: Value greater than zero but less than half unit of measure shown

Source U.S. Census Bureau: State and County QuickFacts. Data derived from Population Estimates, American Community Survey, Census of Population and Housing, State and County Housing Unit Estimates, County Business Patterns, Nonemployer Statistics, Economic Census, Survey of Business Owners, Building Permits, Consolidated Federal Funds Report
Last Revised: Monday, 11-Mar-2013 14:17:12 EDT


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