Just a few miles West of North Carolina’s capital sits a place so many now call home. What was just a small suburb of Raleigh just a decade ago has become one of the most popular places in the United States to move! Its proximity to the Research Triangle Park and Raleigh-Durham International Airport are just two of many reasons Cary is such an attractive place to live.


According to Forbes Magazine in 2009, Cary is the No. 8 town in the United State to which people move., too, has ranked Cary as one of the most popular places to move. And people have listened! Cary was the 5th fastest grown area in the United States between September 1, 2006 and September 1, 2007! And the Raleigh-Cary area was the fastest growing area between 2007 and 2008, according to census estimates.


Cary, which has a population of about 117,000 (in 2009), has a blend of new communities and more maturely developed areas peppered throughout the town, an Historic Downtown district, and more shopping choices from grocery to department stores all the time. If you want local fare, you can find it just as easily as you can find chain restaurants. Cary’s schools fall into the Wake County School District and have traditional and year-round schools. Also, Cary is nestled amongst several other cities with major state and private universities (according to the census, 68% of adults in Cary have a bachelor’s degree or higher) and medical facilities, too. The weather in Cary is relatively mild, too, ranging from 30-50 degrees in January to 70-90 degrees in July. But you get all the beauty of the changing seasons, including a small amount of snow, the changing leaves and beautiful summer blossoms. 


Cary has 34 miles of greenway running throughout the city on 27 greenways, in addition to 22 city parks. (Greenways are linear peices of land set aside to preserve open areas, generally located in floodplains, and along wooded streams). In 2003, the Town of Cary approved a greenway system plan for preservation of 115 miles of greenway and 50 multi-use trails in addition to another eight miles of sidewalks to connect them.


But more than any demographics, averages or lists can describe, Cary has that charm and hospitality of a Southern city. You have to experience it to understand. And thousands of newcomers can’t be wrong.




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City Overview

Population: 121,796
Population growth since 2000: 18.91%
Median home cost:  $269,430
Cost of living: 9.03% higher than U.S. average
Public Schools spending per student: $4,958
Unemployment rate: 6.50

Cary weather facts

  • On average, the warmest month is July 
  • The highest recorded temperature was 105 degrees in 1952
  • On average, the coolest month is January
  • The lowest Recorded temperature was -9 degrees in 1985
  • The most precipitation on average occurs in July

Tax Rates

Town - $.3300
Wake County - $.534/$100
Total - $.8640

Wake County - 2% 
State - 4%
NC Prepared Food - 1%

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