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Cabarrus County, NC

County Profiles


America thrives in Cabarrus County. With a diverse business community, and a mix of small and large organizations in industries ranging from bioscience, motorsports, tourism, retail, and food manufacturing, Cabarrus is a county on the rise.

Anchored by Concord, the western part of Cabarrus County is home to a large racing complex, including Charlotte Motor Speedway, which hosts three annual NASCAR Cup Series events. Several major racing teams--Hendrick Motorsports, Roush Fenway Racing, Chip Ganassi Racing, and Stewart-Haas Racing, among others--call Cabarrus County home, part of the motorsports industry that accounts for nearly $6 billion in annual revenue.

Wind-simulated testing facilities by Windshear are recent cutting-edge additions to the motorsports-technology development in the county. Plastics manufacturing, wholesale trade groceries, and telecommunications and broadcasting equipment manufacturing are thriving industries in the county, which is rounded out by Harrisburg, Kannapolis, Midland, and Mt. Pleasant.

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Cabarrus County

Growth Happens Here

Cabarrus County’s population has grown by 18% since 2010. The county consists of three of the fastest growing municipalities in the Charlotte Region: Concord, Kannapolis and Harrisburg. To make room for this growth, the City of Kannapolis, City of Concord, and Town of Mount Pleasant are in the process of revitalizing their downtown districts to make room for new business opportunities, housing, parking, and dining.

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Cabarrus County

Innovation Happens Here

Cabarrus County is home to the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, a 350-acre research center that works to empower human health through nutrition. Eight universities, the David H. Murdock Research Institute, the NC Food Innovation Lab, SNP Therapeutics, and many other companies and entrepreneurs work here to research and develop safer, more nutritious crops, healthier foods, and precision nutrition.

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Cabarrus County

Quick Facts


Total Population


Labor Force


Median Household Income


Median Age

4 Percent

Unemployment Rate

25 Percent

High School Diploma

9.5 Percent

Associate Degree

20.6 Percent

Bachelor's Degree

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