Mooresville was established in the 1850s when the railroad expanded to accommodate this historic textile town, but has since jumped from the railroad tracks to the automotive race tracks. The influence of the popularity of auto racing in Mooresville has led to unprecedented growth and prosperity for its nearly 20,000 residents who are contributing to North Carolina’s sixth-fastest growing municipality.
Nicknamed “Race City, USA,” Mooresville is the headquarters for over 60 NASCAR teams and racing-related industries and businesses who take advantage of the city’s location to nearby Lowes Motor Speedway in Concord. Mooresville is so much of a racing town that it is even the home of the NASCAR Technical Institute and the North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame which serves as the city’s visitor’s center. Although auto racing is a huge part of the fast track to success for Mooresville, the city also boasts that it is home to the corporate headquarters of Lowe’s Home Improvement, which in recent years has contributed to the quality of life in Mooresville by improving the town library and building a brand new YMCA.
Mooresville’s solid economic foundation has helped to provide the city with the ability to maintain and expand infrastructure to meet the demands of a growing population, all while providing residents with a quaint atmosphere highlighted by its downtown area. Historic buildings in downtown Mooresville are complimented by renovated sidewalks and landscaping and local stores, shops and restaurants continue the tradition of hospitality cherished among Mooresville’s residents. Downtown Mooresville is also home of the Mooresville Depot Visual Arts Center where the Mooresville Artists’ Guild showcases works from local and visiting artists.
Outdoor recreation in Mooresville is plentiful with Lake Norman waters available for boating, skiing, swimming and fishing and the city’s nine parks that include tennis and basketball courts, lighted ball fields and a new skateboarding park. Mooresville’s golf enthusiasts love the par-72 Mooresville Municipal Golf Course designed by Porter Gibson and Donald Ross. The course includes a driving range, pro shop, conference room, snack bar and all of the amenities you need to perfect your swing. Additional entertainment options, besides the wide array of shopping and dining opportunities available throughout the city, include Queen’s Landing where two paddle riverboats have restaurants and a piano bar near the bumper boats and miniature golf course. Major sporting and additional metropolitan attractions are only an easy 20-mile drive south to Charlotte, too.
Mooresville’s students attend some of the best schools in North Carolina, both private and public, and the addition of the NASCAR Institute continues to attract new residents who want a career in the racing industry. Families, retirees and others will find the Mooresville real estate market has developed to include a wide range of homes to choose from with new community developments blending with established neighborhoods and homes located in rural areas.