You don’t have to venture far off its five main highways before you’ll see enough neighborhoods to get the idea that Cabarrus County is more than a bedroom community.
What makes it a great place to live is big-city amenities that co-exist peacefully with small-town atmosphere and old-fashioned neighborliness.
You can live in a modern, upscale subdivision, an elegant Victorian home or a restored mill house. Your children attend good, stable schools in a district that has nearly doubled its classroom space in the past 20 years.
You can get to uptownCharlotteor toCharlotteDouglasInternationalAirportin half an hour, and to UNC Charlotte in even less time.
You can shop atNorth Carolina’s most-visited tourist attraction (Concord Mills mall) or attend a race at a superspeedway that, on race days, makesConcordthe state’s fourth-largest city (Charlotte Motor Speedway).
Yet without venturing far from developed areas, you’ll find picturesque countryside, and you can buy your fruit and vegetables – even your meat and wine – from the people who grew them.
For most of the 20th century, Kannapolis was home to Cannon Mills Co., the world’s largest maker of cotton sheets and towels, and county seatConcordhosted several of its plants. As theU.S.textile industry contracted beginning the 1980s, however, employment at Cannon Mills shrank from a peak of nearly 25,000 to fewer than 6,000.
Yet more and more people moved here, creating large bedroom communities outsideCharlotte. The county’s population more than doubled between 1980 and 2010, to about 175,000.
It’s a great place to live, and it keeps getting better.
-The Charlotte Observer