City of Statesville, NC
Statesville is located in Iredell County in North Carolina. The median income is $33,998 and the median home value is $134,500. The unemployment rate is 16.63% compared to 7.9% for the U.S. as a whole. Workers commute an average of 19.1 minutes each day. The population is 56.0% White, 35.5% Black, 0.5% American Indian, 1.5% Asian, and 6.5% identify as some other race or ethnicity. For more on the schools, healthcare, and getting around in Statesville, see each of the tabs below. For those people interested in the walkability of a community, Statesville has a Walk Score® of 31.
Median Household Income$33,998
Median Home Price$134,500
To air is human, especially at the annual Carolina BalloonFest in Statesville. The event has been held since 1974, making it the second-oldest balloon rally in the nation. The three-day festival in October occurs at Statesville Regional Airport with more than 50 hot air balloons and 50,000 spectators in attendance. Highlights of the weekend include a 50-balloon mass ascension, a nighttime balloon glow and hot air balloon rides.
The longest running balloon festival on the East Coast takes place in Statesville. The 34th annual festival‚ now known as the Carolina Balloon Fest‚ is set for Oct. 26-28‚ 2007‚ at Statesville Regional Airport. The weekend extravaganza is a family-oriented event. Highlights include the sight of 50 colorful balloons floating through the air. There’s also a wine festival‚ live musical entertainment‚ children’s fun zone and NASCAR pit-crew challenges. Admission is $5.00‚ and parking is free.
The Wild West has headed east. Love Valley is an unincorporated rural community near Statesville that is ideal for horse lovers. That’s because Love Valley Stables is located here‚ catering to horse enthusiasts through its rental stables and country store. The town is a dream come true for founder Andy Baker‚ whose two dreams as a young man were to build a Christian community while living life as a cowboy. As a result‚ rustic Love Valley has a saloon‚ general store‚ hitching post‚ rodeos – and a little church.
Forget bland diets. Your taste buds will thank you for treating them to the succulent ribs, steaks, seafood and chicken that are the specialties of the house at Gluttons Restaurant and Bar. Laurie Ann Walsh – along with her sister, Melanie Shippee, and mother Annie Laurie Walsh – opened the restaurant on July 4, 1984. While kicking around ideas for the new restaurant, one family member said, “I hope the food will be so good, it will make gluttons out of the customers.”
As a child‚ Scott Childress spent countless hours in his grandmother’s country kitchen helping create memorable meals filled with love. Today‚ Childress is keeping the spirit of her kitchen alive at Farmhouse Bakery in downtown Statesville. “Baking has been such a big tradition for our family‚ so it just seemed natural that we would open a family business‚” says Childress‚ who began designing wedding cakes and catering parties more than 14 years ago and opened Farmhouse Bakery five years ago.
It’s been a long wait. But let the fun and games begin. “We’ve been talking about this for more than 20 years,” says John Bullard of a new $8.4 million recreation center gearing up to open in fall of 2008. “It gives Statesville residents an opportunity to participate in all kinds of new activities. It will not only offer entertainment but fitness options.”