about cary

 #1 City In NC To Raise A Family

#4 Best Place to Live in America

#1 Safest City to Live in the US

The Cary downtown area has seen an influx of vibrant, new local businesses in recent years—two breweries (Bond Brothers and Cotton House Craft Brewers), a bottle shop- Pharmacy Bottle Shop, neighborhood bar (Sidebar) , boutique hotel – The Mayton Inn, bakeries (Blue Moon Bakery, Annalore’s German Bakery and La Farm Bakery), revitalized arts experiences and more now line downtown’s thriving Chatham St. and Academy Street in downtown Cary have been renovated to include wide sidewalks and traffic to elevate walkability and offer accessibility. 

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Recognized as a top place to live by Money Magazine, Cary is a thriving community in the heart of the Triangle area of North Carolina, offering renowned restaurants, vibrant shops, first-class entertainment, culture and arts and a variety of leisure and outdoor experiences. Home of the USA Baseball National Training Complex, a hot spot for soccer with North Carolina Football Club and North Carolina Courage pro soccer teams at WakeMed Soccer Park and summer home of the North Carolina Symphony, Cary is located just 17 minutes from downtown Raleigh.


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Fast Facts

Population: 2018 estimated population of the Cary was roughly 162,000

Weather: enjoy the four seasons but overall it is a mild climate with an average daily temperature of 60 °F

  • Business Climate: home to a variety of businesses in the areas of lodging, dining, shopping, software, finance, real estate, bio-engineering, medical practice and scientific research
  • Talent: in between three nationally ranked universities – Duke, NC State and UNC Chapel Hill, which brings a highly educated group of residents to our community
  • Education: 96.1% of population graduated with a diploma; also offers four high schools, five middle schools and 17 elementary schools


Cary is the location of Koka Booth Amphitheater, which entertains us with music events, the Chinese Lantern Festival in December and the Beer, Bourbon and BBQ festival one weekend in August.

If you are a sports enthusiast, Cary has a lot to offer.  We are home to WakeMed Soccer Park, where the NCFC soccer club play.  There are two golf courses, a semi-private course, Lochmere , and a private course in Prestonwood Country Club that hosts the SAS tournament.  Cary is also the home of USSSA Baseball which is the location of the elite high school baseball tournament in the Atlantic Coast conference.

Greenways and Parks

Green spaces abound in Cary!  The Town of Cary has over 80 miles of greenway trails where you can walk, jog, bike or roller blade between schools, restaurants and parks. The largest park, Bond Park, has a senior center, a general community center, baseball fields, picnic shelters, playground and a boathouse for canoeing. 

Home Values

The median home value in Cary is $375,000. Cary home values have gone up 5.5% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 3.8% within the next year. As a suburb of Raleigh, Cary was known for its ranch style single family homes on large lots.  However, as Research Triangle Park has created a large influx of new residents in Cary.  Now, you will see condos, townhouses and walkable neighborhoods inside the Cary town limits with easy access to Raleigh, Durham and RTP. 

North West Cary Neighborhoods

North West Cary is generally described as zip code 27519. Amenities in North West Cary include a tennis park, a YMCA, and many dining and shopping options.  Many neighborhoods have easy access to the  22.6 mile American Tobacco Trail  which spans from Apex to Durham.

99% of Cary, is in Wake County, however in NW Cary, there is a small portion that is in Chatham County.  One of the neighborhoods in Chatham County, is the Carolina Preserve – a 55 and better community.

There is something for everyone in each of these Cary neighborhoods. Find out for yourself by taking look at our comprehensive neighborhood spotlights below:

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