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Kannapolis, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of Kannapolis had a population of 46,669 as of July 1, 2016. Kannapolis ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in North Carolina. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Kannapolis is located at latitude 35.4766 and longitude -80.6386 in Cabarrus County. The formal boundaries for the City of Kannapolis (see map below) encompass a land area of 32.19 sq. miles and a water area of 0.56 sq. miles. Cabarrus County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 801 feet.

While the primary coordinates for City of Kannapolis are located in Cabarrus County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Rowan County.

The City of Kannapolis (GNIS ID: 2404816) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Kannapolis is located within Kannapolis Township 4, a minor civil division (MCD) of Cabarrus County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Kannapolis population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Kannapolis, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 46,669
Population in Households 46,360
Population in Familes 37,892
Population in Group Qrtrs 309
Population Density1 1,450
Diversity Index2 63


Total Households 17,658
Average Household Size 2.63
Family Households 11,935
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 20,127 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 10,749 (53.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 6,909 (34.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,469 (12.3%)
Median Home Value $140,889
Average Home Value $192,818


Median Household Income $41,401
Average Household Income $56,516
Per Capita Income $21,795
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.44% 1.22%
Households 1.2% 1.1%
Families 1.04% 1.0%
Median Household Income   1.12%
Per Capita Income   1.77%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Kannapolis, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Kannapolis to the other 739 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 20 97th
Population Density1 # 88 88th
Diversity Index2 # 139 82nd
Median Household Income # 333 55th
Per Capita Income # 357 52nd

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE North Carolina Census Data Comparison Tool.