About This Place
Concord (kon-kord) is a city in the U.S. state of North Carolina. According to Census 2010, the city has a current population of 79,066. It is the largest city in Cabarrus County and is the county seat. In terms of population, the city of Concord is the second largest city in the Charlotte Metropolitan Area. According to the North Carolina State Demographer's Office, Concord is the twelfth largest city in North Carolina. The city was also a winner of the All-America City Award in 2004. Located near the center of Cabarrus County, it is twenty miles (32 km) northeast of Uptown Charlotte.
Concord is located at 35°24′16″N 80°36′2″W / 35.40444°N 80.60056°W / 35.40444; -80.60056 (35.404340, -80.600474).
The city is located in the piedmont area of North Carolina which is characterized by rolling hills and forest. Land left unattended will typically return to native forest land within a few years. The climate can be described as cool winter seasons with hot, humid summer seasons. The average temperature in the winter is 41 degrees F, and the average daily low temperature is 30 degrees. In summer the average temperature is 77 degrees F, and the average daily high temperature is 88 degrees F. It is not unusual for summer daytime temperatures to reach in the mid to upper 90s and occasionally exceed 100 degrees F. It is typical for winter temperatures to fall into the teens at night, but temperatures generally warm to above freezing during the day. Summer months are characterized as having cool to warm nights with very warm to hot temperatures during the day. The area receives a generous amount of rainfall of 43.8 inches per year, with February and April being the two driest months. Rainfall in the winter is lighter but more frequent, whereas rainfall in the summer is heavier but less frequent. Thunderstorms, both light and strong, are common in the spring and summer months. The sun shines 70 percent of the time in summer and 55 percent in winter. The prevailing wind is from the southwest, with the average highest windspeed of 9 miles per hour in spring. The City has a total area of 60 square miles (400.6 km²), of which, 0.02% is water. The elevation at the center of downtown is 706 ft above sea level.