Cabarrus County is a county located in the south-central part of the U.S. state of North Carolina. Cabarrus County is situated in the gently rolling countryside of the Carolina Piedmont. This county is very country and rural. It has many farm lands within the county. Some schools within the county still have BYTSD (bring your tractor to school day). Cabarrus County is included in the Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Among its significant historic sites is the Reed Gold Mine, a National Historic Landmark. This was an area of cotton cultivation in the antebellum era and industrialization through cotton mills in the late 19th century. Coleman Manufacturing Company, started in 1897, is believed to be the first cotton mill in the nation to be built, owned and operated by African Americans. The state’s largest tourist attraction, Concord Mills Mall, is located in Cabarrus County. The Great Wolf Lodge is located near the mall on the opposite side of Interstate 85.
Self-branded as the Center of American Motorsports, Cabarrus County is rich in NASCAR history. The western part of the county is home to a large racing complex in Concord, including Charlotte Motor Speedway, which hosts three NASCAR Cup Series events a year. The county is also home to several major race shops, including Hendrick Motorsports, Roush Fenway Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports, and Chip Ganassi Racing in Concord, Stewart-Haas Racing in Kannapolis, and JTG Daugherty Racing and Wood Brothers Racing in Harrisburg.
The Cabarrus County School System services all of the county with the exception of parts of Kannapolis, which operates its own school district.