Kannapolis is located in Cabarrus and Rowan counties. Nestled to the northwest of Concord and northeast of Charlotte. With southern charm still in place and easy access to everywhere, it is another example of how the Cabarrus region offers the best of both worlds.
Historically a southern textile town, it has emerged as a leader in biotech research with the development of the North Carolina Research Campus. The research center resides on 350 acres of land made possible by public-private partnerships between corporations, universities and health care organizations that strive to combine science, health, nutrition and agriculture for the improvement of human health and quality of life.
Kannapolis is the hometown of the legendary Earnhardt racing family, an instrumental force in developing modern Nascar® and continues to be a dominate force. Kannapolis is the home of Stewart-Haas Racing. Kannapolis is also the home of the Kannapolis Intimidators, the Class “A” baseball affiliate of the Chicago White Sox.
Kannapolis offers a vibrant golfing community with the Club at Irish Creek and nearby Cabarrus Country Club. Public parks are abundant. Bakers Creek Park, North Cabarrus Park, Walter M Safrit Park, Dale Earnhardt Plaza, Veterans Park and Village Park are all located within the city limits. The Cabarrus County parks of Frank Lisk and Camp T.N. Spencer are within a very short driving distance. Museums include: Dale Earnhardt Plaza, GI Memorial House, History Room of the Cannon Memorial Library and the Textile Museum and Exhibition.
The District of Kannapolis City Schools is the primary school system. Cabarrus County Schools and Rowan–Salisbury School System also serve parts of the city.
Public transportation is provided locally by Concord Kannapolis Area Transit with wider metropolitan transportation is provided by Charlotte Area Transit System. Passenger rail service is also easily accessible via Kannapolis Amtrak station located at 201 South Main Street.