Located less than 30 minutes from Charlotte, North Carolina, Kannapolis is easily accessible from Interstate I-85. The Charlotte Douglas International Airport, which includes an intermodal hub linking air, rail and truck to east coast seaports, is a 40 minute drive. The Concord Regional Airport is only minutes away. Highways and rail also link Kannapolis to the nearest ports in Wilmington, NC and Morehead City, NC as well as the Piedmont Triangle Inland Terminal.
The Charlotte Region
In Charlotte, numerous industries are growing fast including health, defense, energy, aerospace, finance, international business, film and motorsports. Colleges and universities are an abundant resource in Charlotte demonstrating the regional commitment to education. The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is on the NC Research Campus and the resources of the UNCC main campus are only 20 minutes south of Kannapolis. School systems in the area include Kannapolis City, Cabarrus County, Salisbury-Rowan and Charlotte-Mecklenburg.
Charlotte offers world class cultural attractions from the NC Blumenthal Performing Arts Center to the Mint Museum. Sports teams abound including the NBA Charlotte Hornets, the NFL Carolina Panthers, the minor league Charlotte Knights and the minor league Charlotte Checkers. Race fans will be right at home with the Charlotte Motor Speedway, the Dirt Track and Zmax Dragstrip in neighboring Concord. People looking for outdoor adventure can find it at the US Whitewater Center or on one of Charlotte’s lakes. If that is not enough, the mountains of Western North Carolina and the beaches of North and South Carolina are only short drives away.
Kannapolis offers the charms of small town living with big city amenities. Dining, shopping, parks, the historic Gem Theater and the NC Music Hall of Fame are all within walking distance of the campus. Campus colleagues regularly meet at restaurant 46 for healthy, gourmet selections and stop in the Lettuce Eat Cafe on the first floor of the UNC building to pick up breakfast or lunch.
Kannapolis offers a variety of housing: mission-style mill homes, upscale apartments, charming townhomes, affordable family homes and golf course living. Families in Kannapolis enjoy Kannapolis Intimidators baseball and numerous festivals, parks and greenways. Carolinas HealthCare System, a leading healthcare provider, has a hospital and several locations in the region, including one on the NC Research Campus. The low crime rate in Kannapolis ensures a safe community where families can freely enjoy numerous festivals, parks and greenways.