Introduction to Kannapolis, North Carolina

Kannapolis, North Carolina, in Cabarrus county, is 5 miles NW of Concord, North Carolina (center to center) and 21 miles NE of Charlotte, North Carolina. The city is conveniently located inside the Charlotte - Gastonia - Rock Hill metropolitan area.

Kannapolis History

Kannapoli’s history dates back to 1906, when James William Cannon purchased a number of farms to build the Cannon Mills Company. The company became the world's largest maker of household textile. Kannapolis became a mill village and mill employees enjoyed low rents, low cost utilities, free maintenance, and free garbage collection. In addition, they did not pay taxes. Kannapolis was named after the company and was officially incorporated in 1984.

Kannapolis and nearby Attractions

  • Bakers Creek Park
  • Textile Museum
  • The Club at Irish Creek
  • Kannapolis Lake
  • Lake Norman State Park
  • Lowe's Motorspeedway

Things To Do In Kannapolis

Bakers Creek Park has picnic shelters, tennis courts, volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, a playground, trails, miniature golf, and ballfields. The Cannon Village Home Furnishings Marketplace includes over 30 home décor, furniture, clothing, and gift shops in addition to a textile history museum. It is also the venue for the annual Christmas celebration. The Cannon Memorial Library has a history room that highlights the development of Kannapolis from its days as a textile village to its present day city.

Kannapolis Transportation

Charlotte/Douglas International Airport is less than one hour by car.

Kannapolis Higher Education

University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, and Central Piedmont Community College provide facilities for higher education.


Total Population 44,520
Male Share of the Population 47.5%
Female Share of the Population 52.5%
Senior Citizens 12.7%
Employed Population 16+ 19,766
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 47.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 18.8%
Median Earnings25+ $31,742
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,722
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,740


Median Family Income $51,725
% Above Poverty Level 82.4%
% Below Poverty Level 17.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.6%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%


People Living Alone 27.3%
Median Gross Rent $810
Median House Value $122,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 35.3%
US/American 0%
English 6.9%
Irish 7%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Kannapolis Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles NW of Concord, North Carolina (center to center)
Nearest Large City 21 miles NE of Charlotte, North Carolina
County Cabarrus
Metro Area Charlotte - Gastonia - Rock Hill
Standard Zip Codes 28081, 28083
P.O. Box Zip Codes 28082
Phone Area Codes 704
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.487
Longitude -80.621

Kannapolis Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 5 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 51 F
Apr Temp 46 to 73 F
Jul Temp 68 to 90 F
Oct Temp 47 to 73 F
Annual Precip 47.3 inches
Distance 14.7 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 48 F
Apr Temp 44 to 70 F
Jul Temp 67 to 88 F
Oct Temp 44 to 71 F
Annual Precip 43.3 inches
Distance 24.5 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 51 F
Apr Temp 44 to 72 F
Jul Temp 68 to 89 F
Oct Temp 47 to 72 F
Annual Precip 48.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Kannapolis, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Centerview (28081)

Fisher Town (28081)

Glass (28081)

Royal Oaks (28081)

Shady Brook (28081)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
China Grove 4,164 $41,894
Concord 83,903 $67,348
Faith 875 $58,281
Harrisburg 13,883 $85,930
Landis 3,097 $49,344
Mount Pleasant 1,825 $69,338

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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Serves 1,245 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.2

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