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Concord (kän-kord) is a city in the U.S. state of North Carolinamarker. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 55,977. It is the county seat of Cabarrus Countymarker and a winner of the All-America City Award in 2004. Located near the center of Cabarrus Countymarker, it is twenty miles northeast of Charlottemarker.

Government

The current mayor of Concord is Scott Padgett, and the current city manager is W. Brian Hiatt.

Geography

Concord is located at (35.404340, -80.600474) .

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 51.6 square miles (400.6 km²), of which, 51.6 square miles (133.6 km²) of it is land and 0.02% is water.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 55,977 people, 20,962 households, and 14,987 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,085.3 people per square mile (419.0/km²). There were 22,485 housing units at an average density of 435.9/sq mi (168.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 78.83% White, 15.10% African American, 0.30% Native American, 1.22% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 3.35% from other races, and 1.18% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.80% of the population.

There were 20,962 households out of which 35.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.7% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.5% were non-families. 23.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.2% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 33.6% from 25 to 44, 20.2% from 45 to 64, and 11.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 95.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $46,094, and the median income for a family was $53,571. Males had a median income of $37,030 versus $26,044 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,523. About 5.8% of families and 8.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.0% of those under age 18 and 12.7% of those age 65 or over.

NASCAR

Concord is the current home to Lowe's Motor Speedwaymarker; a NASCAR Research and Development Office; several professional race teams, including Hendrick Motorsports, Roush Fenway Racing, and Chip Ganassi Racing.

The former Charlotte Motor Speedway was opened in 1959 by owner Bruton Smith, who grew up in Oakboro, NC. In addition to Lowe's Motor Speedway, Bruton Smith opened a dragstrip adjacent to the NASCAR racetrack.

History

Concord, North Carolina, located in the rapidly growing northeast quadrant of the Charlotte metro area, was first settled in 1750. The name “Concord” means harmony.

In 2000, the City of Concord implemented the "Partnerships for Stronger Neighborhoods" program. This program is designed to enhance the lives of residents in the neighborhoods in the city, increasing the quality of both life and events for those calling Concord home. Through volunteer city staff liaisons appointed to work directly with neighborhoods requesting participation in the program, strong communication is established between city government and the citizens it serves. There are currently 39 neighborhoods participating in the program, which contributes to making this Concord one of the most sought-after communities for homebuyers in the regional real estate market. Choices are diverse, offering modest homes to multi-million dollar estates.

Concord boasts a comprehensive collection of late nineteenth and early twentieth century historic districts along the streets of North Union, South Union and Edgewood. Residents of these three Historic Districts take great pride in maintaining the historical and architectural greatness of their homes. Within the historic districts is also Memorial Garden. Located on three acres, the garden winds through the 200-year-old cemetery of The First Presbyterian Church. Memorial Garden is a horticultural jewel and a tourist attraction in itself. The historic districts and Memorial Garden are all within easy walking distance of historic and vibrant downtown Concord, with numerous restaurants, banks, shops and personal services.

The City of Concord provides its neighborhoods with three recreational centers, eight parks, four sport complexes, an aquatics center featuring open swimming and swim lessons, beautiful Lake Fisher, with 3 miles of lakefront and 534 acres providing for a leisurely boating and fishing, greenways and bike paths. There is also the championship 18-hole Rocky River Golf Club owned by the City and privately managed.

Private recreational opportunities are available, including the West Cabarrus YMCA and the Sportscenter. The Sportscenter is a 60,000 square foot athletic and recreational facility offering men, women, and families a variety of healthy, stimulating activities to improve their health. Located on eleven acres in Concord, the Sportscenter provides a total fitness concept and strives to provide a professional atmosphere for its members. Facilities and programs include tennis, indoor and outdoor swimming, basketball, racquetball and personal training.

The West Cabarrus YMCA opened in fall 2003. Its facilities and programs include:• Indoor lap pool;• Indoor water park;• Fitness center;• Gymnasium;• Multi-purpose room;• Child watch;• Teen center;• Sports fields;• Indoor climbing wall;• The NorthEast Medical Center Outpatient Rehab Center;• Group exercise classes;• Swim lessons;• Water fitness classes;• Summer day camp;• Before school care;• Youth sports;• Dance; and• Massage therapy.

The educational system includes both private and public schools, in secondary and higher education. Concord is served by the Cabarrus County Schools system. For post-secondary education, residents may choose from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, Cabarrus College of Health Sciences and only a few miles to the south, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Shopping is ample in the charming downtown, with merchants offering antiques, fine collectibles, arts and crafts, and almost any other merchandise a shopper might desire. Concord is also home to the large retail venues of Carolina Mall and Concord Mills, just minutes away from Lowes Motor Speedway.

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Religion

The earliest settlers were mainly German Lutherans, German Reformed and Scotch or Scotch Irish Presbyterians who began settling in Cabarrus Countymarker in the 1750's. In 1773 the Zion (Organ) Church community and the St. Johns Church community of about sixty families commissioned two men, Christopher Rintelmann from Zion Church and Christopher Lyerly from St. Johns Church to travel to London to seek permission from King George III to acquire a preacher (and a schoolteacher) from Hanovermarker, Germany. Adolphus Nussmann was chosen by the Consistory of Hanover to answer the call from North Carolina and became the first Lutheran preacher in North Carolina, serving five churches from Salisbury to Concord, and subsequently planted twenty congregations and five schools in the greater Concord, Cabarrus, and Rowan County areas.



Today there is wide religious diversity, as well as strong overall religious affiliation rates. Over 63% of area residents are affiliated with a local religious body according to the 2000 Religion Report.

Concord is home to several churches, and a Jewish congregation.

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See also



References

  1. Foundations of Lutheranism in North Carolina, North Carolina Synod of the Lutheran Church in America, 1966
  2. Association of Religious Data Archives, [1]


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