Iredell County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of 2010, the population was 159,437. Its county seat is Statesville and its largest town is Mooresville. It is a major hub of NASCARracing, with many race shops located in the county (mostly around Mooresville). Universal Technical Institute operates NASCAR Technical Institute under licensing agreements. The school offers racing-related instruction to prepare the student for their job search in the racing industry. Many NASCAR drivers live around Mooresville and Lake Norman. Although northern Iredell County has retained much of its rural character, the southern half of the county is experiencing rapid suburbanization and 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 77 and Interstate 40cross just north of 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 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”.