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Our Concord NC Community Guide

Counties: Cabarrus 

Municipalities: Concord, Harrisburg, Kannapolis, Midland, and Mt. Pleasant 

Area: 63.48 sq. mi. 

Population: 105,240 (2020) 

Demographics: The breakdown of racial and ethnic groups are: White (61.8%); Black or African American (21.9%); Hispanic (13.9%). The median age for residents is 37.7. In 2017-2021, the median household income of households was $78,775. 

Brief History: The word “concord” is defined, in part, as harmony between groups of people. There were arguments between the late 1700s German and Scots-Irish settlers as to where the county seat should be. The 26-acre site was agreed upon by the settlers as a compromise. The city was founded in 1796 and aptly named Concord. 

Area Info: The City of Concord is the county seat of Cabarrus County. It is the 10th most populous city in North Carolina. The city attracts NASCAR fans from near and far, as it is home to the Charlotte Motor Speedway located at 555 Concord Parkway South, Concord, NC. 

Historic Places & Cultural Places of Interest:

  • Cabarrus County Courthouse
  • Old Courthouse Theatre
  • Hendrick Motorsports Museum and Team Shop
  • Mustang Owner's Museum

Amenities: The City of Concord includes an array of smaller shops including antiques, arts and crafts, and a farmers market in the downtown district. The downtown district is in the middle of a revitalization project 2021-2024, addressing improvements for commercial retail space, outdoor dining opportunities, apartments, and recreation. Located in the city is Concord Mills, North Carolina’s largest outlet and retail shopping center. In addition to shopping, visitors are treated to a 26,000-square-foot indoor aquarium with over 5,000 sea creatures at the shopping center. 

Parks and Recreation: The City of Concord manages 15 parks and ball fields, 3 greenways with trails for running and bicycling, and the John F. McInnis Aquatics Center. City residents also enjoy recreational opportunities on a 534-acre lake, Lake Fisher. 

Public Transportation: The City of Concord is served by Concord Kannapolis Area Transit (Rider Transit). There are 8 fixed bus routes.

Education: Read about private K-12 schools including Covenant Classical School and Cannon School, or higher education such as Cabarrus College of Health Sciences and Barber-Scotia College.

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