Iredell County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. 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 Charlotte–Concord–Gastonia, NC–SC Metropolitan Statistical Area.
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. 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.”
Lowe’s has its corporate headquarters in Mooresville. Farming is still a major source of income for many Iredell County residents. Dairy farming has been particularly popular in Iredell County for centuries, in both the northern and southern sections of the county. Iredell County is a major hub of NASCAR racing, with many race shops located in the county (mostly around Mooresville).
The county is served by two traditional public school districts: Iredell-Statesville Schools (ISS) and Mooresville Graded School District (MGSD). The county is also served by several public charter schools including Pine Lake Preparatory, Langtree Charter Academy, American Renaissance School (ARS) and others.