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Population: 44,000, Incorporated: 1984
The City of Kannapolis is shared by both Cabarrus and Rowan counties in the heart of NASCAR country, and is racing legend Dale Earnhardt’s hometown. You’ll often find concerts, festivals and free events occurring year-round in this bustling community. The city is home to Kannapolis Intimdiators minor league baseball, the only double decker carousel in North Carolina at Village Park, the nostalgic Gem Theatre, NC Music Hall of Fame, and more.
You can chow down at classic What-A-Burger #10 with a cheeseburger and Witch Doctor beverage, or dine at healthful Restaurant Forty Six. The world renown North Carolina Research Campus also resides in the heart of downtown. The city of Kannapolis is a relief from larger metros offering plenty of original fun for the whole family.