Living in Kannapolis
Kannapolis is well-known as the hometown of NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt. It’s also becoming home for an increasing number of people drawn to small-town life with big-city amenities.
Just a quick jaunt up I-85 from Charlotte, the city of Kannapolis offers a quaint downtown surrounded by plenty of neighborhoods, shopping, restaurants and parks.
It’s a remarkable turnaround for a town that just a decade and a half ago was the site of the largest single-day layoff in North Carolina history. Kannapolis was forced to completely change its identity with the closing of Cannon Mills.
Today, the city of Kannapolis has bought a large swath of its downtown to help guide its revitalization through an arts center, new baseball stadium and multi-story apartment buildings along its charming red-brick sidewalks.
The ambitious North Carolina Research Campus gives the town some academic heft, partnering universities from around the state with companies like Dole, General Mills and Monsanto to help create the next big technologies that will change our daily lives.
Dale would be proud with the speed of progress.
Commute distance to Uptown: 45 minutes
Median age: 35.7
Median household income: $49,637
Median home sales price: $130,300
Average rent: $848
Things to do in Kannapolis
Gem Theater. This iconic movie house has been entertaining Kannapolis since 1936. Details.
Kannapolis Intimidators. The Class A affiliate of the Chicago White House delivers a classic minor league baseball experience. Details.
The Dale Trail. This walking path through Kannapolis is a must-travel for NASCAR fans. Details.
NC Music Hall of Fame. Honor the past, present and future of North Carolina music, from Earl Scruggs to Fantasia Barrino. Details.
Kannapolis real estate
Kannapolis is known for its single-family home neighborhoods, and most homebuyers are bound to find something that meets their price range.
Starter homes go for less than $150,000, and you can find new construction neighborhoods that offer homes up to 3,000 square feet for around the $300,000 mark.
- South End, LoSo & Wilmore
- Dilworth & Sedgefield
- Elizabeth & Chantilly
- Midtown & Cherry
- Ballantyne – Blakeney – Piper Glen – Waverly
- Madison Park & Montford
- FreeMoreWest & Wesley Heights
- Cornelius & Lake Norman
- Olde Providence & Arboretum
- Town of Matthews
- Towns of Waxhaw, Weddington & Marvin
- University City
- Mint Hill
- Fort Mill & Indian Land
- Town of Belmont
- Town of Monroe
- Myers Park & Eastover
- NoDa & Villa Heights
- Plaza Midwood & Belmont
- Quail Hollow & Carmel Road Corridor
- Steele Creek & Lake Wylie
- Town of Pineville