Charlotte Relocation Guide

VOL2 ISS2 2018

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CHARLOTTE | VOLUME 2 — ISSUE 2 46 IREDELL COUNTY Iredell County BY SHIRLEY STARNES racing, restaurants, root beer Iredell County is perhaps best known for its ideal location, scenic natural beauty and moderate climate, all of which residents appreciate and enjoy year round. According to county lore, the name Iredell originated from the term "Eyredale." The word dates back to the 11th century and means "a valley of flowing air." Cool breezes aren't the only things Iredell County is known and appreciated for today. Occupying almost 600 square miles of North Carolina Piedmont, the county lies draped along scenic byways that lead you through traditional southern landscapes. In the northeastern part of the county, the once grand Brushy Mountains rise just enough above the horizon almost in homage to the great Blue Ridge Mountains that grandly stand further to the north and west. The Catawba River borders Iredell County to the west, while Lake Norman, the state's largest freshwater lake, hugs the southern part of the county along 520 miles of shoreline. There, nestled between the freshwater and among the rolling hills and valley, county residents live, work, and generally enjoy life and all that their surroundings have to offer. Iredell County is in the middle of a geographic triangle formed by Charlotte, Winston-Salem and Hickory. The county's borders are within 15 minutes from Lake Norman and just 45 minutes from Charlotte and Asheville. More importantly, Interstates 40 and 77 intersect at northeastern tip of Iredell County in Statesville, making it a popular stop along two major transportation routes. To help emphasize the point, the county has dubbed itself the "Crossroads for the Future." The Iredell County region is full of job and educational opportunities, providing optimistic futures for residents. Major employers in the county include Lowe's, JCPenney Logistics and Distribution Center, ASMO of N.C., Doosan Infracor-Portable Power, Engineered Sintered Components, Kewaunee Scientific, Manheim Statesville, Pratt Industries, Elmer's Products, and Thor-Lo, Inc. Statesville is the capital city of Iredell County with a population of around 27,000 residents. They enjoy plenty of housing options including traditional neighborhoods, gated communities and urban townhomes and apartments. The cost of living is low in Statesville, allowing qualified buyers to purchase larger homes for less money. Historic downtown Statesville, which is convenient and walk-able, has a lot to offer in terms of unique shops, casual and fine dining options, and various other local businesses. A wide range of architecture is on display and many of the buildings in the downtown area are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Mooresville, which lies in the southern part of the county closer to Charlotte, is the largest city in Iredell County with around 38,000 residents. The city's location has played a large part in its growth and success. Due to its accessibility to these three interstates, more than 50 percent of the nation's population lives within a 650-mile radius of Mooresville—a day's drive or a short 90-minute flight. Known as "Race City USA," Mooresville is home to two auto museums and more than 60 NASCAR race teams. These include Kasey Kahne Racing, Kyle Busch Motorsports, Richard Petty Motorsports, Team Penske, JR Motorsports, Roush Fenway Racing, and Joe Gibbs Racing. Race fans can watch their favorite teams prepping for their next big race through special viewing windows in a number of shops. With such a comprehensive transportation infrastructure, it's no wonder the city is the home to the corporate headquarters of Lowe's. The company operates more than 2,390 home improvement and hardware stores and employs over 310,000 people across the nation. In a testament to how town leaders protect natural resources, Mooresville has been named a "Tree City USA" for the past seven years. The Tree City USA Program is a nationwide movement that provides the framework necessary for communities to manage and expand their trees in the public realm. Troutman, in the southern half of the county, is having a population growth explosion, largely due to the popularity of Lake Norman. The town serves as a suburban paradise for lake lovers who commute to their jobs in Charlotte. Located along the shores of Lake Norman, Davidson (part of which lies in both Iredell and Mecklenburg County) >> IREDELL COUNT Y STATS LAND AREA: 573.83 SQUARE MILES 2016 POPULATION ESTIMATE: 172,916 SOURCE: WWW.NCPEDIA.ORG

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