A haven on the less-rugged end of hilly Western North Carolina, Kannapolis represents the perfect middle ground between the mountains and the beaches. Whether you're seeking a one-story starter home or a more expansive multi-level, Kannapolis has myriad options that are all more than affordable, especially for such a booming region of the southeast. Families hunting for a vibrant, mid-sized town with plenty of housing options that are within budget will find an amazing amount of options in Kannapolis.
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At nearly 45,000 residents, Kannapolis comes in as the 20th largest city in North Carolina. Focusing on education and health throughout the region has made it a magnet to institutions like the David C. Murdock Research Institute. With Charlotte only a few minutes drive away, an in-town Amtrak station, and convenient access to local and national airports, getting there or departing out is no problem. The Curb Museum for Music and Motorsports keeps visitors occupied with learning about the city as the birthplace of funk style music, while the Gem Theater and the Dale Earnhardt Tribute delight fans. A plethora of different shopping areas make goods and services easily accessible to residents.
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Beyond being a suburb of Charlotte, Kannapolis has quite a few claims to fame of its own. Once home to both Bill Clinton and Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Kannapolis has a track record of incubating a number of well-known figures. The 350-acre North Carolina Research Campus is located in Kannapolis, providing many jobs as well as a distinctively holistic city-wide emphasis on health, science, nutrition, and education. Home to a whopping eight distinguished universities, Kannapolis houses many college students and has an energetic, academic atmosphere because of it. Balance is the name of the game in this town, with many residents and students alike evening out their rigorous studies and research with outdoor activities and exercise at one of the several public recreational parks.