Concord is a growing, affordable city in North Carolina. Well known for its attractions like the Charlotte Motor Speedway and natural parks like Frank Liske Park, Concord offers active adults plenty of recreation opportunities. The city is less than an hour away from Charlotte, allowing locals to easily experience larger scale shopping and entertainment options when desired.
Climate & Geography
Concord experiences hot summers and mild winters. The city receives more rain than the national average and much less snow, averaging just 4 inches per year. Concord receives more sunny days than average. The rainiest months in Concord are July and August.
Situated in Western North Carolina, Concord is surrounded by hilly land within the Piedmont Plateau. Coddle Creek, Irish Buffalo Creek, and Wolf Meadow Branch run through Concord. The city is northeast of Charlotte.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
Those who have an appreciation for the great outdoors will want to visit Frank Liske Park. The park offers a nature trail, as well as outdoor recreational activities like fishing, boating, and tennis.
Racing fans will be thrilled with Charlotte Motor Speedway, located in Concord. The popular sports destination features NASCAR racing for local fans to enjoy.
Concord offers residents several shopping and entertainment options, featuring multiple malls within the city limits. The number of shops and restaurants offers locals plenty of things to do, and the city is home to plenty of breweries and wineries where locals can relax and unwind. The larger city of Charlotte is just a short drive away for anyone that wants to experience all that the city life has to offer.
Cost of Living & Taxes
The overall cost of living in Concord is slightly lower than the national average. This is mainly due to grocery, housing, and utility costs all being below the national average.
Sales tax in Concord is about average, at 7.0 percent. As of 2019, the income tax rate is 5.25 percent in North Carolina. Social Security is not taxed in North Carolina, and property taxes are generally lower than the national average.
Concord residents will find multiple hospitals located in the area. Atrium Health Cabarrus Hospital and NorthEast Hospital are both located in Concord. The Carolinas Medical Center, located in Charlotte, is ranked as the No. 4 hospital in the state by U.S. News, and is rated high performing in four specialties and eight procedures and conditions.