Mooresville, North Carolina, Higher Education and City Facts

Jul 24, 2020

Information about Mooresville

Mooresville, North Carolina, is a town of 39,132, as of 2019 U.S. census estimates, located 28 miles north of Charlotte, in Iredell County. Known as Race City, USA, Mooresville is home to a large number of NASCAR auto racing teams and drivers.

The city's residents can take advantage of the fishing and boating opportunities at Lake Norman, which is the largest man-made lake in the state and has 500 miles of shoreline. Three golf courses, a sports complex and a disc golf course are also available here. Racing enthusiasts can visit a number of auto museums or take a tour at the race shops that surround the area.

The average temperature in Mooresville is about 69 degrees Fahrenheit. The winters are relatively mild, although the area's inland location mitigates the stabilizing effects of the Atlantic Ocean somewhat. Newspapers serving the area include the Mooresville Tribune, the Lake Norman Citizen, the Business Journal and the Charlotte Observer.

Higher Education

Mooresville has 2 institutions of higher education within its city limits, including the NASCAR Technical Institute, a specialized training school for racing technicians. This 2-year training institute has about 1,100 students. The other institution in Mooresville is a small cosmetology school.

11 colleges and universities can be found within 20 miles of the town. The closest option is Davidson College, a 4-year private school. Other schools include Mitchell Community College and Cabarrus College of Health Sciences. The largest postsecondary school in the area is the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, which enrolls about 30,000 students. It is located about 17 miles from Mooresville.

Economy and Employment

The economy in Mooresville is driven in large part by the NASCAR and motorsports-related teams and suppliers based in the area. The area is home to companies such as JR Motorsports, Kasey Kahne Racing, Penske Racing and Kyle Busch Motorsports.

Other important sectors of Mooresville's economy include retail trade, manufacturing, healthcare, entertainment and education. Some of Iridell County's largest employers are Lowe's, Davis Regional Medical Center, J.C.P. Logistics Distribution Center and Walmart.

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