Just outside of the Charlotte city center to the northeast, there are more opportunities to find apartments in Concord/Kannapolis. These two cities offer proximity to the downtown area along with a more suburban feel, and apartments here are not difficult to find. Concord is a fairly large city with a population of over 70,000 people. Rocky River Golf Club is just one example of the outdoor recreation opportunities that are located right in this alluring town. Kannapolis is a little farther out from downtown Charlotte and is a bit smaller than its neighbor, Concord. With a population of over 40,000 people, it is located less than 30 minutes from Uptown Charlotte. This city is the hometown of Dale Earnhardt as well as the North Carolina Research Campus. The park service in this town is terrific, and the town also offers residents a variety of summer events that include movies, concerts and other live arts.