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According to their slogan, Statesville is "Where It All Comes Together." If you're looking for a fantastic Southern city tucked into the rolling, forested hills of North Carolina with beautiful neighborhoods and a historic downtown, then it definitely all comes together in Statesville. And while Statesville is roughly 40 miles from Downtown Charlotte, it might as well be worlds away.
This quiet, family-friendly city provides a great school system and a community where you know your neighbors -- you might even find yourself sitting on their front porch, in a rocking chair, sipping lemonade while kids ride bikes along shaded sidewalks. Priorities are different in Statesville, where things move just a little slower than in the city's more metropolitan neighbors.
As of August 2017, the average apartment rent in Statesville, NC is $538 for a studio, $607 for one bedroom, $726 for two bedrooms, and $841 for three bedrooms. Apartment rent in Statesville has increased by 4.0% in the past year.
While you won't find many French bistros or gastropubs in Statesville, you will find some terrific restaurants with amazing food. Downtown Statesville is the place to start, with options like Groucho's Deli, Mocha Joe's (try one of the gourmet coffees or a frappe), Uncle C's BBQ, and Twisted Oak American Bar & Grill. Twisted Oak offers local craft brews as well as a menu that includes such local favorites as Beef Shortrib Lasagna, Salt & Pepper Catfish, and Shrimp & Grits.
Enjoy a night at the movies at Statesville 10 Movie Theater. If you want to make it dinner and a show, Big Shotz Tavern and the Village Inn Pizza Parlor are across the street. Big Shotz Tavern is a sports bar, complete with big-screen TVs for watching games. They also have live music and karaoke.
You could spend the entire night at Chandleys Chalk & Cue -- they are open 24 hours on weekends. This is the place to go for a night of fun -- Chandleys has 51 pool tables, darts, corn hole, and a game room for kids. For food, Chandleys offers pizza and calzones. Build your own pizza or try one of the specialties, such as the "Piggly Wiggly" -- a creation of ham, bacon, sausage, and extra cheese.
With its wide, brick-paved sidewalks (complete with seating areas), Downtown Statesville is very pedestrian-friendly. Mass transit is available in the form of the Iredell County Area Transportation System (ICATS) bus route, the Bloom. This fixed route runs Monday-Friday and includes Mitchell College, Signal Hill Mall, Bi-Lo, and Walmart. Even with a walkable downtown, you'll want a car when you move to Statesville. I-77 leads directly into Downtown Charlotte, while I-40 leads to Winston-Salem and Greensboro. Highway 21 leads to Lake Norman and Lake Norman State Park, a popular vacation area. Statesville Regional Airport is located on the southwest side of the city.
Living in Statesville means you are just minutes from one of North Carolina's favorite destinations -- Lake Norman State Park. Lake Norman is the largest manmade lake in the state. The park has 30.5 miles of mountain bike trails -- one of the most popular trail systems in North Carolina. The park also includes a swimming beach, a bathhouse, a boat ramp, a full campground, hiking trails, and fishing areas.
Statesville offers some gorgeous parks, as well. One of the most beautiful, Lakewood Park, is often used for formal photos. Lakewood Park has picnic shelters, walking trails, playgrounds, and an open-air amphitheater. This park has an impressive 24 lighted and paved horseshoe courts and has hosted two World Horseshoe Tournaments.
The Statesville Park and Soccer Complex provides a disc golf course, and the Statesville Leisure Pool is located at the Statesville Fitness & Activity Center. This complex also features a lazy river, two large water slides, a sprayground, and a splash pad.
Just by looking at the gothic Statesville City Hall building, built around 1890, you know this city has a story to tell. Settlers moved from Pennsylvania to the Statesville area around 1753. They named their settlement "Fourth Creek Congregation" because their settlement was four creeks from the neighboring village of Salisbury. In 1755, North Carolina's Colonial governor, Arthur Dobbs, authorized the building of a fort. Fort Dobbs was designed to protect the settlers during the French and Indian War, which took place from 1754 to 1763.
In 1789, the newly-formed Iredell County needed a county seat. The Fourth Creek Congregation was chosen, and the name was changed to Statesville. In 1889, Statesville became the first city in North Carolina to use electricity -- they lit up downtown for a full two hours. The town leaders weren't really trying to create history (although they did) -- they were just trying to find something better than gas street lamps to illuminate downtown in the evenings. After moving to a Statesville apartment, be sure to visit the Iredell Museums to learn more about the city's history.
The Fort Dobbs State Historic Site offers a glimpse into colonial North Carolina, especially during the French and Indian War. The park has a visitor's center, the Petit Sutler shop (a gift shop with colonial toys, games, and books), a nature trail, and a picnic area. Interpretive tours and reenactments are also available.
Statesville is the location of two major festivals: the Carolina BalloonFest and the Statesville Pumpkin Festival. The Carolina BalloonFest is a three-day event that takes place in the fall. It includes 50 hot air balloons, two stages for live entertainment, tethered balloon rides, hot air balloon flights, wine and craft beer tasting, a kid zone, a 5K and kids' fun run, the Eat Street and Beer Tent, and the Artisan Village and Marketplace.
The Statesville Pumpkin Festival takes place in November. This event includes a pumpkin pie eating contest, a Craft Beer Garden, classic cars, food booths, a kid zone, games, rides, activities, live entertainment, and more than 60 art and craft vendors.
Statesville is a budget-friendly city with the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment around $715. Statesville's home values are slightly lower than the state average at $135,000 (compared to $154,000). The cost of living in Statesville is lower than the national average, and the unemployment rate is about five percent. While commuting to nearby communities is an option, there are plenty of job opportunities in Statesville. The city's largest employers include Piedmont Healthcare, Iredell Memorial Hospital, Lowe's Regional Distribution Center, and Kewaunee Scientific.
Downtown Statesville provides fantastic antique stores, boutiques, and other businesses housed in historic buildings. Living close to Lake Norman as well as the Appalachian Mountains, you might want to stop in Carolina Mountain Sports and get some outdoor gear. This business also offers lessons and clinics. If your apartment walls look a little bare, GG's sells a unique collection of art and frames.
Signal Hill Mall has a Belk, a Radio Shack, and a Bookland. The mall is on E. Broad Street, which is home to a variety of strip malls and grocery stores such as Bi-Lo. Over on Salisbury Highway, the Resettlers Antique Mall includes an 8,000-square-foot auction house.
Statesville has two farmers markets. The Evening Farmers Market is held on Thursday afternoons starting at 4:00 pm. This market is seasonal, operating from April through October. It includes produce from area farmers as well as crafters and bakers. The Rotary Farmers Market is held Wednesday and Saturday mornings and Monday afternoons. This market also offers fresh, locally-grown produce, baked goods, crafts, plants and flowers, and other items. This market is open from May until October.
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