Mooresville, North Carolina

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Mooresville is a city in Iredell County, North Carolina, USA. It is in the Metrolina metro area. The population was 26,689, per the city 2007 estimate. It is located approximately 20 miles north of Charlotte.

Mooresville is best known as the home of many NASCAR racing teams, as well as racing technology suppliers, which has earned the city the nickname "Race City USA." Also located in Mooresville is the corporate headquarters of Lowe's Companies and Universal Technical Institute's NASCAR Technical Institute.

The current Mayor of Mooresville is Chris Montgomery. He was elected in November 2009.

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Geography

Mooresville is located at 35°35′4″N 80°49′13″W / 35.58444°N 80.82028°W / 35.58444; -80.82028 (35.584337, -80.820139).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 14.7 square miles (38.1 km²), of which, 14.7 square miles (38.0 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.20%) is water.

History

Mooresville was started in 1856 when a railroad was to come through the area needing a point to place a few cotton weighing scales. The area happened to sit directly on the site of the prosperous plantation of John Franklin Moore, and his wife Rachel Summrow Moore. Not only did Moore donate land for the weighing station, but he also gave land for a Depot, and land for several people to start up a town upon. Up until 1873, the town was known as Moore's Siding, with town growth stumbling with the Civil War. In 1873, the Town was incorporated as Mooresville, with 25 families, and several others living within its boundaries. Growth eventually came,and soon the town began to prosper, and by 1900, Mooresville had 1000 residents living within its boundaries. The town slowly but steadily grew throughout the twentieth century, and like many small towns in North Carolina its economy centered around a few large textile and furniture factories. However, in the 1980s the nearby city of Charlotte began to see enormous population growth, and today Mooresville is increasingly a suburban "bedroom community" for Charlotte-area workers. The town has experienced rapid population growth in recent years, and considerable housing and shopping-center development as well.

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