is a city in Cabarrus and Rowan counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina, northwest of Concord and northeast of Charlotte. The population was 36,910 at the 2000 census. It is the home of the Kannapolis Intimidators, the Class A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, and it is the hometown of the Earnhardt racing family.
In 2004, a silent film about Kannapolis, showing the everyday behavior of ordinary people, which was made in 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.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 30.4 square miles (78.7 km²), of which, 29.9 square miles (77.3 km²) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.4 km²) of it (1.78%) is water.