Communities in Cabarrus County

Cabarrus County is home to approximately 206,000 residents. With diverse mix of  small and large businesses, organizations and industries ranging from bioscience, motorsports, tourism, retail and manufacturing, you’ll find five distinct cities and towns, but only one community with a lot of heart!


Concord, Cabarrus County’s largest city, was established in 1796 near the center of the county to serve as the seat of local government. It began as a small hamlet and became the major cotton market for an area that included parts of several surrounding counties.

At Exit 49, off Interstate 85, you’ll find Concord Mills, the shopping entertainment destination of the Carolinas and most popular visitor attraction in North Carolina that features over 200 stores, including manufacturer and retail outlets and interactive stores like Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, Sun & Ski and Build-A-Bear Workshop.

Charlotte Motor Speedway serves as the hub of auto racing excitement hosting multiple major NASCAR, NHRA and many other races, in addition to multiple special events and educational outreach projects throughout the year.


Kannapolis offers a low-stress, family-oriented community with loads of southern charm in an ideal climate. Developers are building 5,300 new homes and apartments that will be move-in ready in the next five years or sooner. The new downtown will offer a thoughtful mix of destinations that when complete, will be home to a minor league ballpark/entertainment venue, linear urban park, restaurants and retail.

Kannapolis has a myriad of opportunities to practice healthy living with parks, walking and biking areas. The city is home to the North Carolina Research Campus that convenes eight universities and private companies to make breakthroughs in health and nutrition research.


Harrisburg’s pastoral countryside, close-knit community atmosphere and proximity to Charlotte’s amenities have positioned the town for explosive growth. The railroad continues to play a significant role in shaping the town with NCDOT’s Piedmont Improvement Project and other investments in road and rail improvements throughout the area. Proximity to Charlotte and major interstate corridors I-485 and I-85 make Harrisburg a highly desirable place to live and work. Town leaders are challenged to manage demand for residential and commercial growth with sustainable and strategic planning.

Community engagement and volunteerism runs deep in Harrisburg, a rapidly growing town focused on preserving its hometown character.

Mount Pleasant

The town of Mount Pleasant is rich in history and enjoyment. Mount Pleasant was founded in 1848 and has been a model example of small-town America ever since. If you’re a history fan, you will want to visit the Eastern Cabarrus Historical Museum to learn more. Visit Reed Gold Mine, the site where gold was first discovered in America.

While strolling through their historic downtown, make sure to enjoy a meal at 73 & Main, a much-celebrated restaurant that was transformed from an historic hosiery mill. Just down the street is the home of Southern Grace Distillery, the makers of award-winning craft-distilled small batch whiskey and bourbon, and the only distillery housed in a former prison!


Midland is a thriving community located on the Rocky River in southern Cabarrus County just 25 minutes from Uptown Charlotte. Midland is a proud Carolina Thread Trail community with two greenways and a 5-mile paddle trail on the Rocky River and also home to Rob Wallace Park, the county’s largest park (190 acres) development.

Corning’s Charlotte Region Fiber Optic Manufacturing and Intertape Polymer Group, two of the county’s largest advanced manufacturers, are located in Midland.