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About Kannapolis

The City offers a low stress, family oriented community with loads of southern charm in an ideal climate. Conveniently located to the interstate, local and national airports, and home to an Amtrak station, your workplace and home is a short travel time from the mountains, the beaches or anywhere along the East Coast of the United States.

The City is a place where you can live a good life. A healthy holistic life. A community that welcomes new people, new ideas and new businesses. A place where there is a balance between work, family, and social living. A unique place where health, nutrition, science and education are becoming the business of the City and where a significant investment of the business sector has already been made.

Kannapolis has a myriad of opportunities to practice healthy living with parks, walking and biking areas. The City is home to eight universities, who have teamed up on the campus of the N.C. Research Campus, to make breakthroughs in health and nutrition research.The eight universities are Appalachian State, Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC- Charlotte, UNC-Greensboro, N.C. A&T, N.C. Central and North Carolina State.

Kannapolis is a beautiful place. The streets are lined with trees and quaint craftsman homes, and with the grandeur of the campus of the N.C. Research Center, you instantly feel that this is where you and your family will live a balanced healthy life.

We welcome you to the City of Kannapolis.

Demographic Profile

Population: 55,500

20th Largest City in N.C.

Land area in square miles: 32.71

Number of Businesses: 2,450

Median Household Income:

  • Kannapolis - $66,487
  • North Carolina - $66,186



  • Residents with High School Diplomas - 87.8%
  • Residents with bachelor degrees - 27.7%



  • African-American - 22.4%
  • Asian - 2.3%
  • Hispanic/Latino - 12.2%
  • White - 62.7%


Persons under 5 years: 6.6%

Persons under 18 years: 25.7%

Persons 65 years and over: 14.3%

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