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Kannapolis, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of Kannapolis had a population of 48,479 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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Kannapolis, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 48,479
Daytime Population: Workers 13,081
Daytime Population: Residents 26,151
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 39,232
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.81
Population in Households 48,167
Population in Familes 39,319
Population in Group Qrtrs 312
Population Density2 1,506
Diversity Index3 63


Median Household Income $42,638
Average Household Income $59,203
Per Capita Income $22,926


Total Housing Units 20,855 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 11,115 (53.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 7,260 (34.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,480 (11.9%)
Median Home Value $143,575
Average Home Value $202,582


Total Households 18,375
Average Household Size 2.62
Family Households 12,399
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 1.77% 1.44%
Households 1.59% 1.37%
Families 1.43% 1.26%
Median Household Income   1.9%
Per Capita Income   2.82%

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, 2017 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 Density # 83 89th
Diversity Index # 137 82nd
Median Household Income # 336 55th
Per Capita Income # 349 53rd

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