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. There are an estimated 36,910 people in Kannapolis.
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.
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.