Iredell County is located about one hour north of Charlotte near the intersections of I-77 and I-40. Statesville is the county seat and its largest town is Mooresville. It is a major hub of NASCAR racing, with many race shops located in the county (mostly around Mooresville). Many NASCAR drivers live around Mooresville and Lake Norman. Iredell County Schools have a great reputation and proven track record making the area a draw for families. Although northern Iredell County has retained much of its rural character, the southern half of the county is experiencing rapid suburbanization and population growth, largely due to the immense popularity of the Lake Norman area for residents of nearby Charlotte, North Carolina's largest city.