About Iredell County

Iredell County was incorporated in 1788 when it was formed from adjacent Rowan County. It is named for Judge James Iredell (1751-1799), Attorney General of North Carolina during the Revolutionary War and a delegate to the Constitutional Convention of 1788. The name Iredell, originally Eyredale, dates back to year 1066 to the Battle of Hastings, and it means "a valley of flowing air."

The county seat of Statesville, established in 1789, is approximately 45 miles north of Charlotte, and approximately 130 miles west of Raleigh, the state capital. Lake Norman, the nation's largest manmade lake by surface area, extends into the southwest portion of the county with approximately 520 miles of shoreline.

Iredell County is in the central section of the state and is bounded by Rowan, Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, Lincoln, Catawba, Alexander, Wilkes, Yadkin, and Davie counties. The present land area is 574.13 square miles and the 2012 population was 162,708.

The county is dominated by ridges separated by creeks in the valleys. The Brushy Mountains intrude into the northwest corner and include Fox Mountain, with the county's highest elevation of 1,760 feet. The lowest point is 700 feet above sea level, where the South Yadkin River crosses the county line and flows eastward along the Davie-Rowan border. At the old courthouse (Iredell County Government Center) is the center of Statesville, where the elevation is 926 feet.

The soil is loamy, a mixture of sand and clay which varies in its proportions from one section of the county to another, depending on the indigenous mineral structure. To be agriculturally productive, the Iredell soil must be chemically supplemented. The county is, however, naturally well drained and watered by the venation of its numerous creeks.
Iredell County Location in North Carolina
Iredell County Map


  • Annual average temperature: 60.1° F
  • Annual average precipitation: 54.76"
  • Average frost-free days: 212
  • Rainfall: 47"
  • Snowfall: 9.1"
  • Average relative humidity: 70%

County Holidays

  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Good Friday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day and following Friday
  • Christmas (2 or 3 days)

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Iredell County North Carolina QuickFacts

People QuickFacts
Iredell County
North Carolina
Population, 2015 estimate 169,866 10,042,802
Population, 2010 (April 1) estimates base 159,440 9,535,471
Population,% change, April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015 6.5% 5.3%
Population, 2010 159,437 9,535,692
Persons under 5 years,%, 2015 5.5% 6.0%
Persons under 18 years,%, 2015 23.6% 22.8%
Persons 65 years and over,%, 2015 14.9% 15.1%
Female persons,%, 2015 50.7% 51.3%
Ethnicity Iredell County
North Carolina
White persons, percent, 2015 (a) 82.7% 71.2%
Black persons, percent, 2015 (a) 12.3% 22.1%
American Indian and Alaska Native persons, percent, 2015 (a) 0.5% 1.6%
Asian persons, percent, 2015 (a) 2.5% 2.8%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander persons, percent, 2015 (a) 0.1% 0.1%
Persons reporting two or more races, percent, 2015 1.8% 2.1%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino Origin, percent, 2015 (b) 7.4% 9.1%
White persons not Hispanic, percent, 2015 76.4% 63.8%
Households & Education
Iredell County
North Carolina
Living in same house 1 year and over, percent, 2011-2015 87.5% 84.7%
Foreign born persons, percent, 2011-2015 6.1% 7.7%
Language other than English spoken at home, percent age 5+, 2011-2015 9.4% 11.2%
High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25+, 2011-2015 87.2% 85.8%
Bachelor's degree or higher, percent of persons age 25+, 2011-2015 25.9% 28.4%
Veterans, 2011-2015 10,630 696,119
Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16+, 2011-2015 24.7 23.9
Households & Income
Iredell County
North Carolina
Housing units, 2015 70,906 4,490,948
Home ownership rate, 2011-2015 72.9% 65.1%
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2011-2015 $166,300 $154,900
Households, 2011-2015 60,893 3,775,581
Persons per household, 2011-2015 2.69 2.54
Per capita money income in the past 12 months (in 2015 dollars), 2011-2015 $27,558 $25,920
Median household income (in 2015 dollars), 2011-2015 $52,306 $46,868
Persons below poverty level, percent, 2011-2015 14.2% 16.4%
Iredell County
North Carolina
In civilian labor force, total, percent of population age 16 years+, 2011-2015 65.0 61.8
In civilian labor force, female, percent of population age 16 years+, 2011-2015 58.0 57.7
Total accommodation and food services sales, 2012 ($1,000)  (c) 289,578 18,622,258
Total health care and social assistance receipts/revenue, 2012 ($1,000)  (c) 758,713 55,227,505
Total manufacturers shipments, 2012 ($1,000)  (c) 3,628,934 202,344,646
Total merchant wholesaler sales, 2012 ($1,000)  (c) 1,232,988 105,275,586
Total retail sales, 2012 ($1,000)  (c) 2,249,922 120,691,007
Total retail sales per capita, 2012  (c) 13,828 12,376
Iredell County
North Carolina
Land area, 2010 (square miles) 573.83 48,617.91
Population per square mile, 2010 277.8 196.1
FIPS Code 37097 37
Metropolitan Area Statesville-Mooresville, North Carolina Micro Area
(a) Includes persons reporting only 1 race.
(b) Hispanics may be of any race, so also are included in applicable race categories.

D: Suppressed to avoid disclosure of confidential information
F: Fewer than 100 firms
FN: Footnote on this item for this area in place of data
NA: Not available
S: Suppressed; does not meet publication standards
X: Not applicable
Z: Value greater than zero but less than half unit of measure shown

Source U.S. Census Bureau: State and County QuickFacts. QuickFacts data are derived from: Population Estimates, American Community Survey, Census of Population and Housing, Current Population Survey, Small Area Health Insurance Estimates, Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates, State and County Housing Unit Estimates, County Business Patterns, Nonemployer Statistics, Economic Census, Survey of Business Owners, Building Permits.

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