Statesville, North Carolina

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Statesville, North Carolina
City
Statesville City Hall Building c. 1890-92
Statesville City Hall Building c. 1890-92
Location of Statesville, North Carolina
Location of Statesville, North Carolina
Coordinates: 35°47′12″N 80°52′43″W / 35.78667°N 80.87861°W / 35.78667; -80.87861Coordinates: 35°47′12″N 80°52′43″W / 35.78667°N 80.87861°W / 35.78667; -80.87861
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Iredell
Government
 • Mayor Costi Kutteh
Area
 • Total 24.4 sq mi (63.1 km2)
 • Land 24.2 sq mi (62.8 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Elevation 919 ft (280 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 24,532
 • Estimate (2016)[1] 26,506
 • Density 1,011/sq mi (390.5/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
ZIP codes 28625, 28677, 28687
Area code(s) 704
FIPS code 37-64740[2]
GNIS feature ID 0995438[3]
Website www.statesvillenc.net

Statesville is a city in Iredell County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 24,532 at the 2010 census,[4] and was estimated at 26,506 in 2016.[1] It is the county seat of Iredell County and is part of the Charlotte metropolitan area.[5]

Geography[edit]

Statesville is in central Iredell County, in the western part of the Piedmont region of North Carolina. Interstate 40 and Interstate 77 intersect in the northeastern part of the city. I-40 leads northeast 41 miles (66 km) to Winston-Salem and west 30 miles (48 km) to Hickory, while I-77 leads north 55 miles (89 km) to the Virginia border and south 42 miles (68 km) to Charlotte. Three U.S. highways run through the center of Statesville. US 21 follows the same general route as I-77, leading north 38 miles (61 km) to Elkin and south 15 miles (24 km) to Mooresville. US 64 runs to the northeast close to I-40, leading 24 miles (39 km) to Mocksville, while to the northwest it leads 43 miles (69 km) to Lenoir. US 70 runs southwest out of Statesville 13 miles (21 km) to Catawba and southeast 25 miles (40 km) to Salisbury.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Statesville has a total area of 24.4 square miles (63.1 km2), of which 24.2 square miles (62.8 km2) are land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km2), or 0.48%, are water.[4] The north side of Statesville is drained by Fourth Creek, while the south side is drained by Third Creek. Both creeks flow east, joining just before reaching the South Yadkin River near Cooleemee.

History[edit]

Madison building in Statesville Commercial Historic District (1982)

In 1753, Scots-Irish Presbyterians and German Lutherans, who had originally settled in Pennsylvania, began arriving in Statesville to plant crops in the fertile soil where game and water were also plentiful. The settlement, known as "Fourth Creek Congregation", was named for the freshwater stream running to the north of the present-day city center, the fourth creek west of the neighboring settlement of Salisbury. The center of the settlement was a log cabin where the Presbyterians worshiped and where the First Presbyterian Church is located today.

In 1755, colonial governor Arthur Dobbs authorized the construction of the colony's frontier fort, which was located approximately 3 miles (5 km) due north of the Fourth Creek settlement. Built and garrisoned by North Carolina provincial soldiers, Fort Dobbs defended British North America's western frontier in the colony of North Carolina during the French and Indian War and Anglo-Cherokee War. Fort Dobbs combined the functions of a military barracks, fortification, refuge for settlers, provisioning depot and center for negotiations with Native Americans.

The state legislature divided Rowan County in 1788, and the new county was named "Iredell" for James Iredell, associate justice of the first Supreme Court during the presidency of George Washington.

One year later, the legislature selected a spot for the county seat. The Fourth Creek Congregation was chosen, and the settlement became known as "Statesville".

As early as 1833, Statesville's leaders began laying track for railroads to connect the Piedmont area of North Carolina with the rest of the country.

By 1858, Statesville was growing rapidly and soon afterward began leading the state in the production of tobacco and tobacco products, the manufacture and blending of whiskey, and became a large distribution center for roots and herbs.

On August 27, 1891, a passenger train derailed on a 300-foot-long (91 m) bridge, and seven cars fell down. About 30 people died in the accident.[6]

Sites of interest[edit]

The Academy Hill Historic District, Allison Woods, Center Street A.M.E. Zion Church, East Broad Street-Davie Avenue Historic District, Henry Eccles House, Falls-Hobbs House, Feimster House, Fort Dobbs, Hargrave House, Iredell County Courthouse, Key Memorial Chapel, King-Flowers-Keaton House, Main Building, Mitchell College, McClelland-Davis House, McElwee Houses, Mitchell College Historic District, Morrison-Mott House, Col. Silas Alexander Sharpe House, South Race Street Historic District, Statesville Commercial Historic District, Henry Turner House and Caldwell-Turner Mill Site, United States Post Office and County Courthouse, and Waddle-Click Farm are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[9]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850215
186032048.8%
1870683113.4%
18801,06255.5%
18902,318118.3%
19003,14135.5%
19104,59946.4%
19207,89571.7%
193010,49032.9%
194011,4409.1%
195016,90147.7%
196019,84417.4%
197020,0070.8%
198018,622−6.9%
199017,567−5.7%
200023,32032.7%
201024,5325.2%
Est. 201626,506[1]8.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 24,633 people, 9,338 households, and 5,957 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,195.8 people per square mile (438.6/km²). There were 10,041 housing units at an average density of 489.1 per square mile (188.8/km²). The racial composition of the city was: 59.94% White, 31.87% Black or African American, 7.11% Hispanic or Latino American, 2.71% Asian American, 0.18% Native American, 0.02% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, 3.84% some other races, and 1.42% two or more races.

There were 9,338 households, out of which 28.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.7% were married couples living together, 17.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.2% were non-families. 31.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 24.4% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 28.0% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 17.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 86.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $31,925, and the median income for a family was $41,694. Males had a median income of $31,255 versus $22,490 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,328. About 12.7% of families and 16.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.7% of those under age 18 and 13.8% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people[edit]

Education[edit]

The city is part of the Iredell–Statesville School District. Schools within the city limits include East Iredell Elementary, N.B. Mills Elementary, Northview School, Pressly Elementary, and Statesville Middle School, and Statesville High School. Schools serving Statesville residents but located outside the city limits include Cloverleaf Elementary School, East Iredell Middle School, and Third Creek Elementary School.[13]

Wayside Elementary School was an elementary school located off Salisbury Road in eastern Statesville. The current school building opened in 1941 and closed in 2002 when Wayside School and Alan D. Rutherford School merged to form Third Creek Elementary. The former Wayside building is currently home to the UAW 3520 headquarters, while the former Alan D. Rutherford site is home to the Iredell-Statesville Schools Administrative Annex, now known as the Alan D. Rutherford Education Building.

Statesville Christian School is a non-denominational K4–12 private school serving the greater Statesville area.

Mitchell Community College, founded as a Presbyterian women's college in 1852, is now a public community college. In the 2008-2009 academic year, it became the first community college in the United States to be accepted into NASA's University Student Launch Initiative competition.

Media[edit]

Print[edit]

Radio[edit]

  • WAME, "Real Country 550 & 92.9" is an AM/FM station at 550 kHz and 92.9 mHz that plays classic country music.
  • WSIC, 1400 AM & 100.7 FM, has a news-talk format.
  • WNIH-DB is a local country music radio station that can be heard online.[14]

In addition, the signals of many stations from the Charlotte area and Piedmont Triad region reach Statesville.

Sports[edit]

Statesville was home to a minor league baseball team, the Statesville Owls, from 1939 until 1963. They played in several leagues over the years including the Tar Heel League (1939–1940), North Carolina State League (1942, 1947–1952), Western Carolina League (1960–1962), and Western Carolinas League (1963). They were league champions in their respective league in 1940, 1948, and 1962.[15] The field was located at Statesville Senior High School and thus named Senior High Stadium.[16] The field is still used (although altered over the years) by the high school's baseball team. The team, which has since returned as a summer league collegiate baseball team, still plays at Statesville Senior High. The team's inaugural season was 2010, in which it went 21-18 and lost in the first round of the playoffs. The team plays in the Southern Collegiate Baseball League.

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