Kannapolis, NC

(Incorporated 1984; Population 44,359)

Kannapolis is located in both Cabarrus and Rowan counties.  Founded in 1906, the city's name is derived from James William Cannon, the founder of Cannon Mills Corporation and a catalyst in development of the city.  In 2005, the Cannon Mills site was replaced with the NC Research Campus, a public-private research center with emphasis on health and lifestyle-related diseases and illnesses.  The campus partners with multiple universities and healthcare organizations.

City of Kannapolis Economic Development Plan

Kannapolis Economic Development

Downtown Kannapolis Revitalization Plan



City of Kannapolis
401 Laureate Way
Kannapolis, NC 28081
704-920-4300
www.kannapolisnc.gov
















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