Kannapolis, North Carolina

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Kannapolis, North Carolina
City
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Location of Kannapolis, North Carolina
Location of Kannapolis, North Carolina
Coordinates: 35°29′26″N 80°37′6″W / 35.49056°N 80.61833°W / 35.49056; -80.61833
State North Carolina
Counties Cabarrus and Rowan[1][2]
Area
 • Total 30.4 sq mi (78.7 km2)
 • Land 29.9 sq mi (77.3 km2)
 • Water 0.5 sq mi (1.4 km2)
Elevation 830 ft (253 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 42,625
 • Density 1,236.5/sq mi (477.4/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 28081-28083
Area code(s) 704, 980
FIPS code 37-35200[3]
GNIS feature ID 1021013[4]
Website www.cityofkannapolis.com
The Kannapolis logo contains a Colonial Williamsburg architectural style cupola.[5]

Kannapolis is a city in Cabarrus and Rowan counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina,[1][2] northwest of Concord and northeast of Charlotte. The population was 42,625 at the 2010 census, which makes Kannapolis the 20th largest city in North Carolina. It is the home of the Kannapolis Intimidators, the Class A baseball affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, and it is the hometown of the Earnhardt racing family. Kannapolis is also the home of the North Carolina Research Campus, a facility that focuses on food and nutrition and biotech research which opened in 2008.

Name[edit]

Early meaning and usage of the name was a direct reference to Cannon Mills Corporation, or James William Cannon himself. Early published name variations include Cannon-opolis and Cannapolis. A widely accepted origin of the word Kannapolis comes from the combination of the Greek words "kanna" (reeds, not looms) and "polis" (city), which some believed meant "City of Looms".[6] Dr. Gary Freeze, Catawba College history and politics department chairman, said a Concord newspaper used the name "Cannon City" in 1906. After mill workers or newspapers called the town "Cannapolis", J.W. Cannon asked Cabarrus County commissioners to give the town the name, but starting with a K. Kannapolis historian Norris Dearmon said the K might have been to distinguish the town from his Concord mill village. Since, Freeze said, "Jim Cannon didn't study Greek," Cannon did not name the town "city of looms".[7]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 30.4 square miles (79 km2), of which 29.9 square miles (77 km2) is land and 0.5 square miles (1.3 km2) (1.78%) is water.

Education[edit]

K-12[edit]

Kannapolis City Schools is the primary school system for the city. Two additional systems also serve its jurisdiction: Cabarrus County Schools and Rowan–Salisbury School System.

Franklin Heights Christian Academy(FHCA) is a private educational institution that is operated by Franklin Heights Baptist Church. FHCA was started in 2009. The school's Headmaster is Blenda Snodderly. Mrs. Snodderly has 26 years of educational administration experience with First Assembly in Concord, NC.

Higher education[edit]

Shaw University has an extramural site in Kannapolis offering undergraduate, graduate and continuing educational programs.

Academic research[edit]

North Carolina Research Campus[edit]

David H. Murdock Core Laboratory at the North Carolina Research Campus

David H. Murdock, owner of real estate company Castle & Cooke, Inc. and former CEO of Dole Food Company, Inc., and Molly Corbett Broad, President of the 16-campus University of North Carolina system, unveiled plans on September 12, 2005 for the North Carolina Research Campus, an economic revitalization project that encompasses the site of the former Cannon Mills plant and entire downtown area of Kannapolis, North Carolina.

During the next few years, the NC Research Campus was developed by Castle and Cooke in collaboration with UNC General Administration and several North Carolina universities, including NC State, UNC Chapel Hill, and others. In 2008, faculty from NC State, UNC Chapel Hill, UNC Charlotte, UNC Greensboro, NC A&T, NC Central, and Appalachian State moved into the Nutrition Research Institute building, operated by UNC Chapel Hill, and the Plants for Human Health Institute, operated by NC State. The buildings are owned by Castle and Cooke, which rents the space to the UNC system in a rent-to-own agreement.

Funding for research and education activities at NCRC comes from federal and private research grants and donations, which support individual laboratories, and from the North Carolina State budget, which supplies general operating expenses and salaries for faculty and support staff. Funding from the Legislature is disbursed to individual universities to support their operations at NCRC.

The David H. Murdock Research Institute, a not-for-profit research institute, operates a Core Lab facility that offers genomic sequencing, metabolomics profiling, and other research services.

Notable people[edit]

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 36,910 people, 14,804 households, and 10,140 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,236.5 people per square mile (477.4/km²). There were 15,941 housing units at an average density of 534.0 per square mile (206.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was: 77.74% White, 16.45% Black or African American, 6.33% Hispanic or Latino American, 0.86% Asian American, 0.34% Native American, 0.01% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, 3.43% some other race, and 1.16% two or more races.

There were 14,804 households out of which 30.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.4% were married couples living together, 13.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.5% were non-families. 26.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.2% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 30.4% from 25 to 44, 20.8% from 45 to 64, and 15.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 93.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $35,532, and the median income for a family was $42,445. Males had a median income of $30,990 versus $23,277 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,539. About 7.7% of families and 10.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.6% of those under age 18 and 10.7% of those age 65 or over.

Museums[edit]

Parks and recreation[edit]

Private[edit]

  • The Club at Irish Creek (formerly, Kannapolis Country Club)[8]
  • Kannapolis Recreation Park[9]

Public[edit]

Kannapolis has several public recreational areas. These include parks, athletic fields and greenways. One public park in the city (North Cabarrus Park) is maintained by Cabarrus County.[10]

  • Bakers Creek Park
  • Dale Earnhardt Plaza
  • Walter M. Safrit Park
  • Veteran's Park
  • Village Park
  • North Cabarrus Park

Sports[edit]

Transportation[edit]

Kannapolis is located adjacent to Interstate 85, approximately 20 miles (32 km) north of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Concord Kannapolis Area Transit, also known as Rider, provides multiple local bus routes, with its farthest point reaching Concord Mills Mall.

Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) provides multiple transportation options including bus, vanpool or carpool. CATS provides a bus stop and parking at Kannapolis' Home Depot parking lot.

The Kannapolis Amtrak station is located at 201 South Main Street.[11]

Film[edit]

In 2004, a silent film about Kannapolis, showing the everyday behavior of ordinary people, which was made in 1941 by itinerant filmmaker H. Lee Waters, was selected by the Library of Congress for listing in the United States National Film Registry, as a representative of this kind of filmed "town portrait" popular in the 1930s and 1940s.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Subcounty population estimates: North Carolina 2000-2006" (CSV). United States Census Bureau, Population Division. 2007-06-28. Retrieved 2008-05-28. 
  2. ^ a b "NC State Law 2009-430". NC State Laws. Retrieved 30 August 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ Jenkins, Scott (2001-07-20). "Kannapolis City Council will consider adopting logo". Salisbury Post. Retrieved 2006-05-12. 
  6. ^ Dearmon, Norris (2006-07-20). "Name Origin File". History Room at the Kannapolis Branch of the Cannon Memorial Library. Retrieved 2007-11-12. [dead link]
  7. ^ Ford, Emily (2009-12-11). "Kannapolis might not be city of looms". Salisbury Post. Retrieved 2009-12-12. 
  8. ^ "The Club". The Club at Irish Creek. Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Kannapolis Recreation Park". Kannapolis Recreation Park. Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Overview of Parks Facilities". City of Kannapolis. Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Kannapolis, NC (KAN)". Amtrak. Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  12. ^ Library of Congress "Librarian of Congress Adds 25 Films to National Film Registry" News from the Library of Congress (28 December 2004)

Further reading[edit]

  • Minchin, Timothy J., “‘It Knocked This City to Its Knees’: The Closure of Pillowtex Mills in Kannapolis, North Carolina, and the Decline of the U.S. Textile Industry,” Labor History 50 (Aug. 2009), 287–311
  • Vanderburg, Timothy W. Cannon Mills and Kannapolis: Persistent Paternalism in a Textile Town (University of Tennessee Press; 2013) 255 pages

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 35°29′26″N 80°37′06″W / 35.490589°N 80.618353°W / 35.490589; -80.618353