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A- Kannapolis Amenities Some amenities close to this location
B- Kannapolis Cost of Living Cost of living is 3% lower than North Carolina
928% less expensive than the US average
North Carolina
955% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Kannapolis cost of living
A- Kannapolis Crime Total crime is 25% lower than North Carolina
Total crime
2,16516% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 4716% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-4%Year over year crime is down
Kannapolis crime
D- Kannapolis Employment Household income is 5% lower than North Carolina
Median household income
$45,86317% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$23,59521% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
6%39% higher than the US average
Kannapolis employment
B+ Kannapolis Housing Home value is 20% lower than North Carolina
Median home value
$125,60032% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$82713% lower than the US average
Home ownership
58%9% lower than the US average
Kannapolis real estate or Kannapolis rentals
F Kannapolis Schools HS graduation rate is 3% lower than North Carolina
High school grad. rates
79%5% lower than the US average
School test scores
39%20% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
15:19% lower than the US average
Kannapolis K-12 schools

Living in Kannapolis, NC

Kannapolis, North Carolina is a mid-sized city with a population of 45,685 inhabitants. According to the most recent Census, 68% of Kannapolis residents are White, 23% Black and 1% Asian. Kannapolis has a high percentage of people who are married with children when compared to the rest of the country. In total, more than 70% of the population is classified as married and 57% have kids.

If you’re considering relocating to any new city, it could be a very discouraging task. However, it could also be a great experience if you are willing to get to know the town before actually living in Kannapolis, North Carolina. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like amenities, crime, cost of living, education, employment, you can easily compare the best places to live in Kannapolis and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Kannapolis to North Carolina and the national average.

The livability score in Kannapolis is 73 out of 100 and the city is ranked in the 76th percentile of all cities across America. For each of the livability categories, we can establish that Kannapolis ranks very well for amenities (A-), crime (B), cost of living (B-) and housing (B+). The bad news for Kannapolis, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: education (F) and employment (D-).

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Kannapolis, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium, The Dale Trail, and Village Park.

Feeling a sense of safety in the area that you live in is a must for most people. Low crime rates can have a positive impact on things like home prices, home appreciation rates and the overall sense of community. Kannapolis has a violent crime rate of 172 crimes per 100,000 residents which is far lower than the national average.

For buyers, real estate will be the largest purchase they ever make and it will also be their most valuable asset. For renters, the monthly rent paid on their Kannapolis apartments will most likely be their largest expense. Based on tangible metrics like home and rental affordability and appreciation rates, housing in this area has received a score that is well above the average of every other US city.

Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Kannapolis is real estate affordability. The median home price for Kannapolis homes is $125,600, which is 20.1% lower than the North Carolina average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Kannapolis, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 2.7, which is 18.2% lower than the North Carolina average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Kannapolis area were 12.7% and 5 year appreciation rates were 6.9%.

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Compare Kannapolis, NC Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Kannapolis, NC

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Prosperity Church Road, Charlotte7812.319,698
Highland Creek, Charlotte789.813,107
University City South, Charlotte7513.25,206
Davis Lake-Eastfield, Charlotte7312.38,245
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Beatties Ford-Trinity, Charlotte7216.24,150
Rockwell Park-Hemphill Heights, Charlotte7214.84,925
University City North, Charlotte71126,868
Nevin Community, Charlotte66164,345

Best Cities Near Kannapolis, NC

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Cornelius, NC8613.827,426
Matthews, NC852530,054
Lake Park, NC8427.13,678
Stallings, NC8426.814,759
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Huntersville, NC8314.151,701
Davidson, NC8310.612,076
Indian Trail, NC8228.236,357
Tega Cay, SC81379,026

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Kannapolis: High-Tech Small Town

I have lived in Kannapolis my entire life and I couldn't be happier. The city can be found just northeast of Charlotte with a population of about 43,000. It may be best known as the home of the Earnhardt family. Dale Earnhardt is arguably the best NASCAR driver of all time. Earnhardt was born and raised in Kannapolis as were his children. Kannapolis also claims Elizabeth Safrit, Miss United States. Elizabeth came in third place at the Miss World competition of 2014. That's not bad for a small town where everybody seems to know everybody else!

Formerly, Kannapolis was known as the number one towel manufacturer on Earth. Cannon Mills was founded in the town in 1887, and before long the mill was making over 300,000 towels every day! The company went completely bankrupt in 2003 and the doors were closed forever. But North Carolinians -- especially those from Kannapolis -- never admitted defeat. Soon a new industry for biotech research was developed on the old Cannon Mills site. The research center is known as the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) where universities, corporations, and healthcare organizations work to develop advances in human health, agriculture, and nutrition. The center has had a major economic impact on the area.

I am a stay at home mom evolved into a soccer mom! My three boys are going through the Kannapolis City School system. My oldest just started at the A. L. Brown High School, and he is excited about joining some of the sports teams there. Growing active boys like to eat so I often take them to our favorite restaurant, Lee's Sandwich Shop. Lee's has been around since 1949, and it is located at 902 Central Drive. It might look like a hole in the wall to visitors, but the locals know it has the best food in town!

There are a number of things to do in Kannapolis. The Gem Theater is an old movie theatre built in the 1930s. It shows first run movies at reasonable prices. NASCAR fans will love the Stewart Haas Racing attraction where you can watch the mechanics work and purchase NASCAR merchandise. You can also spend a day at Village Park where you can ride the train or play in the splash pad. If you need more things to do, Charlotte is less than 30 miles away. It is not only the largest city in North Carolina, it is the second largest city in the whole Southeastern US! You know there is plenty to do there!
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