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#1 Safest Place to Live in the US

-Homesnacks.com, 2019


Cary: 169,537; Wake County (2018): 1,092,305; Raleigh MSA (2018): 1,362,540


16.8 million to the Raleigh area (2018)


Harold Weinbrecht

Sales Tax

4.75-percent state tax; 2.5-percent county tax

Cary Life

Cary is a thriving community in the heart of the Triangle area of North Carolina, between Raleigh and renowned Research Triangle Park. The Triangle area repeatedly has ranked among the top regions in the country to live or work, to find a home or start a business, to raise a family or retire.

Key Features

A Top Triangle Community

The January 2004 issue of Money Magazine names Cary, N.C. the hottest town in the East and one of six Hottest Towns in America.In August 2006, Cary was again recognized by Money Magazine as one of the Best Small Cities in America, ranking fifth on the magazine's 2006 list of Best Places to Live.

On the whole, Caryites are a hard-working group with one of the highest median household incomes in the state. And being no further than 20 minutes from major universities such as Duke, North Carolina State, and the University of North Carolina, it's no wonder that education is an important part of Cary life. More than two-thirds of adults hold a college degree. About 97 percent of citizens have access to the Internet in this, the Technology Town of North Carolina.

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The Best of City Life

Sense of security - Cary continually ranks as one of the top 20 safest large cities nationally and the safest in the Southeast. Its Police and Fire departments and Emergency Medical Services are nationally accredited.
Livability - Tree-lined streets and well-groomed subdivisions and office parks show Cary has grown the right way.
Vibrancy - Cary is home to world class businesses and national retail stores. The fast-growing Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources program has something for everyone, regardless of age or interest.
Diversity - School-age children comprise nearly a quarter of Cary's population, yet retirement-age people are the fastest-growing group. Fourteen percent of townspeople were born in another country, and the Asian population — Cary's largest minority — tripled during the 1990s.

Principal Colleges and Universities

  • Women's Colleges: Meredith College
  • Culinary School: The Chef's Academy
  • Religious Colleges: Shepherds Theological Seminary, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Community College: Wake Technical Community College
  • Historically Black Universities: Saint Augustine's University, Shaw University
  • Major Research University: North Carolina State University
  • Law School: Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law (Campbell University)
  • Other Private: William Peace University

Top Cary Attractions


The Koka Booth Amphitheatre is the Town's state-of-the-art performance center nestled in the trees by Symphony Lake, featuring N.C. Symphony concerts, summer concert series, and other performances. It also hosts many exciting seasonal outdoor festivals.

Downtown, Cary's Lazy Daze Arts and Crafts Festival has become one of the south's premier festivals over the past quarter century.


The Town of Cary is a member of the NCAA Championship City pilot program. Since 2013, the Town of Cary has hosted 14 championship tournaments, and will host eight more through 2018. In addition to NCAA championship tournaments, the NASL Carolina RailHawks and USA Baseball call Cary home. The Triangle also boasts a major league hockey team, Triple A baseball, and college sports teams, including N.C. State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Duke University.


Cary has more than 30 public parks, 70 miles of trails, and cultural arts classes and programs throughout the year. Cary's parks offer beautiful and natural open spaces, as well as ponds, picnic areas, athletic fields, skate parks, dog parks, and both paved and unpaved trails. The Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve even offers a learning and educational center. Cary's ongoing greenways projects are extending trails and bike paths throughout the city to promote outdoor recreation and exercise, and to increase the city's walkability.

The Newest Cary Homes

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