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Statesville, North Carolina

Statesville, North Carolina
City
Location of Statesville, North Carolina
Location of Statesville, North Carolina
Coordinates:
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Iredell
Government
 • Mayor Costi Kutteh
Area
 • Total 20.6 sq mi (53.4 km2)
 • Land 20.5 sq mi (53.2 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation 919 ft (280 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 24,633
 • Density 1,195.8/sq mi (438.6/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[1]
GNIS feature ID 0995438[2]

Statesville is a small city located in Iredell County, North Carolina, United States and was named an All-America City in 1997 and 2009. The population was 24,633 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Iredell County and is located at the intersection of I-40 and I-77.[3]

Contents

  • History 1
  • Points of interest 2
  • Demographics 3
  • Notable people 4
  • Notable incidents 5
  • Media 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

History

Madison building in Statesville Commercial Historic District (1982).

In 1753, Scots-Irish Presbyterians and German Lutherans, who 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 fresh water stream, which was 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, the colonial governor Arthur Dobbs authorized the construction of the colony’s frontier fort, which was located approximately three miles due north of the Fourth Creek settlement. Built and garrisoned by North Carolina provincial soldiers, Fort Dobbs defended the 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.

Points of interest

Demographics

As of the census[1] 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

Notable incidents

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.[11]

Media

Print
Radio
  • 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, a local country music radio station that can be heard online. [12]
  • In addition, the signals of many stations from the Charlotte area and Piedmont Triad region reach Statesville.

References

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names".  
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ http://www.fortdobbs.org
  5. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/bullpen/Statesville_Owls
  6. ^ http://futureangels.mlblogs.com/archives/2008/12/scraps_from_statesville_part_2.html
  7. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  
  8. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Monday Mansions: NASCAR driver Mike Skinner's home!".  
  11. ^ http://edition.cnn.com/2010/US/08/27/north.carolina.ghost.train/index.html#fbid=ZGflCJMCHK3&wom=true
  12. ^ http://wnihweb.com

External links

  • Official website of Statesville, NC
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