What Are Some Interesting Facts About Mooresville, NC?


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Mooresville, North Carolina is most famously known as "Race City, USA," a nickname it earned due to its status as the home of several NASCAR teams, IndyCar teams and racing technology suppliers. The North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame and Memory Lane Motorsports Museum are also located in Mooresville.

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Mooresville's other, non-racing claim to fame is Lake Norman. Lake Norman is the largest manmade body of fresh water in the state, measuring 34 miles in length and containing over 500 miles of shoreline. Nearby residents and tourists often go fishing, boating and waterskiing on the lake. Lake Norman also holds a popular annual beer festival.

Founded in 1856, the town's original name was Moore's Siding. It did not take the name Mooresville until becoming incorporated in 1873. The town's name derives from John Franklin Moore, and it was originally part of Moore's plantation. John F. Moore later became the town's mayor.

As of 2013, Mooresville had a population of 34,887 people. Since 2000, Site Selection Magazine has named this relatively small urban area the "No. 1 Micropolitan Area in the Nation" in nine different years. Several metropolitan areas are close to Mooresville as well, with Concord and Charlotte within 25 miles of the micropolis.

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