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Cabarrus County, North Carolina—“Where Racing Lives!”
Positioned in the rolling countryside of the Carolina Piedmont, Cabarrus County is located in south-central North Carolina just 20 minutes northeast of Charlotte, North Carolina. The region is home to more than 1.8 million people and includes the cities of Concord and Kannapolis as well as the towns of Harrisburg, Midland and Mount Pleasant.  

Known as the heart of NASCAR country, Cabarrus County is home to an exciting motorsports heritage. Not only was the first official race held here 53 years ago at legendary Charlotte Motor Speedway, but our area has the greatest concentration of NASCAR team headquarters.  

As a popular year-round destination for leisure travel, Cabarrus County’s high octane excitement of racing-themed attractions, shopping, restaurants and history also attracts a variety of sports and business-related travelers.

Our region is steeped in speed and embraces the innovative while preserving tradition.

  • Founded 
    1792

  • Area 
    365 sq mi

  • Elevation 
    704 feet

  • Population
    Cabarrus County: 192,103
    City of Concord: 85,560
    City of Kannapolis: 45,245
    Town of Harrisburg: 14,132
    Town of Midland: 3,214
    Town of Mt. Pleasant: 1,740

  • Heartland
    Encompassing the central part of the state, the Piedmont is made up of gently rolling foothills. Although the area enjoys four distinct seasons, temperatures are mild the year-around.

  • Climate
    Annual average rainfall: 46”
    Annual average temperature: 59° 
    January average temperature: Hi 51° Low 30° 
    June average temperature: Hi 88° Low 66°

  • Travel & Tourism Economy
    In 2014, tourism generated $400.3 million in visitor spending in Cabarrus County, ranking us 12th in travel impact among North Carolina’s 100 counties. More than 4,190 jobs were directly attributed to travel and tourism, and state and local tax revenues amounted to $28.95 million representing a $447 tax savings per household for Cabarrus County residents.

  • Getting Here
    Planes:

    Concord Regional Airport (USA) is one of the busiest airports in the Carolinas with over 62,000 annual operations in 2013 and 180 based aircraft. Many of these operations are related to the motorsports industry as most NASCAR related teams are located in the region, several with facilities adjacent to or near the Concord Regional Airport.

    Today, USA is proud to offer Allegiant Air’s nonstop jet service between Concord and Orlando via Orlando-Sanford International Airport (SFB) twice a week. The milestone for Concord Regional Airport came in August 2013 when the low-fare carrier announced scheduled passenger service would begin in Concord in December 2013.

    Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) is one of the busiest airports in the Carolinas with over 65,000 annual operations and 180 based aircraft. Many operations are related to the motorsports industry as most NASCAR related teams are located in the region, several with facilities adjacent to or near the Concord Regional Airport.

    Today, Concord Regional offers Allegiant Air’s nonstop service from Concord to Orlando-Sanford International (SFB), St. Pete-Clearwater International (PIE) and Ft. Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

    Trains:
    Located in the heart of downtown Kannapolis, NC, Amtrak is the nation’s intercity passenger rail operator and conveniently connects you to Cabarrus County. With 21,000 route miles in 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian provinces, Amtrak operates more than 300 trains each day at speeds up to 150 mph to more than 500 destinations.

    Automobiles:
    Cabarrus County runs along the Interstate 85 corridor at Exit 49 providing easy access to area hotels, attractions, accommodations and restaurants. Cabarrus County is located just northeast of Charlotte, NC with Interstate 77 just 15 miles east and Interstate 40 just a 30 minute drive north.

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    10099 Weddington Road Ext. - Suite 102
    Concord, NC 28027
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    704-782 4340
    800-848 3740
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