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Iredell County, North Carolina
Seal of Iredell County, North Carolina
Map of North Carolina highlighting Iredell County
Location in the state of North Carolina
Map of the USA highlighting North Carolina
North Carolina's location in the U.S.
Founded 1788
Seat Statesville
Largest town Mooresville
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

597 sq mi (1,546 km²)
574 sq mi (1,487 km²)
23 sq mi (60 km²), 3.9%
 - (2010)
 - Density

Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Iredell County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. According to current US Census projections in 2014, the population was 166,675. Its county seat is Statesville, and its largest town is Mooresville. The county was formed in 1788, annexed from Rowan County. It is named for James Iredell, a justice of the Supreme Court of the United States nominated by George Washington.

Iredell County is included in the CharlotteConcordGastonia, NC–SC Metropolitan Statistical Area.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 597 square miles (1,550 km2), of which 574 square miles (1,490 km2) is land and 23 square miles (60 km2) (3.9%) 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 Mountains far 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 an important transportation center for the state, as Interstate 77 and Interstate 40 cross in northeast Statesville. This has given birth to the county's slogan "Crossroads for the Future." Residents have easy access going south on I-77 to Charlotte; north on I-77 to Elkin, North Carolina and Roanoke, Virginia; east on I-40 to Winston-Salem, Greensboro and Raleigh; and west along I-40 to Hickory, North Carolina and Asheville.

The northern third of Iredell county is highly rural and contains no large towns. Due to the thinly populated nature of this portion of the state, it is one of the select places in North Carolina where the speed limit on Interstate Highways exceeds 65 mph, as Interstate 77 north of Statesville has a speed limit of 70 mph.

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 county is divided into seventeen townships: Barringer, Bethany, Chambersburg, Concord, Coddle Creek, Cool Springs, Davidson, Eagle Mills, Fallstown, New Hope, Olin, Sharpesburg, Shiloh, Statesville, Turnersburg, Union Grove Harmony

Adjacent counties


Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 5,430
1800 8,856 63.1%
1810 10,972 23.9%
1820 13,071 19.1%
1830 14,918 14.1%
1840 15,685 5.1%
1850 14,719 −6.2%
1860 15,347 4.3%
1870 16,931 10.3%
1880 22,675 33.9%
1890 25,462 12.3%
1900 29,064 14.1%
1910 34,315 18.1%
1920 37,956 10.6%
1930 46,693 23.0%
1940 50,424 8.0%
1950 56,303 11.7%
1960 62,526 11.1%
1970 72,197 15.5%
1980 82,538 14.3%
1990 92,931 12.6%
2000 122,660 32.0%
2010 159,437 30.0%
Est. 2015 169,866 6.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2014

As of the census of 2010, there were 159,437 people, and 59,593 households in the county. The population density was 277.8 people per square mile (82/km²). As of 2013 there were 69,325 housing units at an average density of 90 per square mile (35/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 83.3% White, 12.3% Black or African American, 0.5% Native American, 2.2% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.68% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. 7.0% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

According to the 2000 census data, 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.

As of 2013, the median income for a household in the county was $50,058. Males had a median income of $34,590 versus $24,031 for females. The per capita income for the county was $26,348. About 6.20% of families and 13.5% 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.


Major highways

  • I-40
  • I-77
  • US 21
  • US 64
  • US 70
  • NC 3
  • NC 90
  • NC 115
  • NC 150
  • NC 152
  • NC 801
  • NC 901


Iredell County is served by two railroads, Alexander Railroad and Norfolk Southern Railway.


Map of Iredell County North Carolina With Municipal and Township Labels
Map of Iredell County, North Carolina With Municipal and Township Labels



Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities


  • Barium Springs
  • Barringer
  • Bells Crossroads
  • Bethany
  • Chambersburg
  • Coddle Creek
  • Concord
  • Cool Springs
  • Doolie
  • Eagle Mills
  • Fallstown
  • New Hope
  • Olin
  • Sharpesburg
  • Sheperd/Shepherds
  • Shiloh
  • Stony Point
  • Turnersburg
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