With a rich history dating back to the 1700s, Statesville, North Carolina, is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, roughly 30 miles from both Concord and Charlotte. A small city, with a total population of around 26,000 as of 2007, Statesville covers more than 20 square miles and has a low population density of about 1,200 people per square mile. Statesville has a cost of living index well below the national average, ranking at 84.8 in 2008.
Though the city's crime rate ranks well above the national average, Statesville is known for its small-town feel, active retirement population and robust community life. The area was originally settled by Scots-Irish and German immigrants in the mid-1700s, and that early Colonial history, along with the Civil War and antebellum periods, has been well-preserved in the city's five National Register of Historic Place Districts, including the Downtown Statesville Commercial District.
Statesville is home to a number of historic residential neighborhoods, including Broad Street/Davie Avenue, Mitchell College, Academy Hill and Race Street. Other prominent communities include:
Statesville's economy centered around the liquor, tobacco and herbs industries during the 1800s, with the city experiencing its greatest growth from the 1860s to the 1930s, largely due to the railroad. Today, the city's economy rests primarily on the textile and furniture manufacturing industries, with the healthcare industry also employing a large percentage of the workforce.
The city has two major hospitals, Davis Regional Medical Center and Iredell Memorial Hospital, and three other hospitals and clinics are located within a 30-mile radius: Lake Norman Regional Medical Center in Mooresville, Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte and David County Hospital in Mocksville.
In addition to Historic Downtown Statesville, shopping opportunities in Statesville include:
Statesville has one two-year institution of higher education, Mitchell Community College, which grants associate degrees and enrolls more than 1,000 students annually.
Statesville is served by the local daily Statesville Record & Landmark, as well as by the local talk radio station 1400 WSIC AM. The city is home to six additional AM and FM broadcast radio stations and one broadcast television station, W66BT, Channel 66. Statesville also receives broadcast television and radio stations from a number of surrounding metropolitan markets, primarily neighboring Charlotte.
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