Top 10 Reasons to Love Cary, North Carolina

It takes a long time to run out of superlatives when talking about Cary, NC, a thriving community of nearly 160,000 just outside Raleigh in the heart of the famous “Triangle” area of the state. For the past decade, Cary has consistently popped up on Money Magazine’s annual lists of “Best Places to Live” in the U.S. and North Carolina. Forbes chose the Raleigh-Cary area as the No. 1 area in America for raising a family and 24/7 Wall Street placed Cary at No. 6 on their list of “Best Places to Live in America.” The accolades keep rolling in. Cary is a hot town that is getting hotter.Here is our list of the “Top 10” reasons people fall in love with Cary.

  1. Location – Cary is situated between Raleigh and the famous Research Triangle Park – one of the largest research and development centers in the world. In addition to its proximity to the state capital and the Triangle employers, Cary is less than 20 minutes from Duke, the University of North Carolina and North Carolina State. Long commutes are almost unheard of.
  2. Jobs – With a median household income north of $90,000 per year, Cary is in the top 30% of the nation. The unemployment rate hovers around 3% and over 9,000 new jobs were created in the past 5 years. The employment outlook remains excellent with predictions pointing toward continued growth in the coming years. Major employers in the area include software giants, the local universities and businesses in the information technology, life sciences and clean technology sectors.
  3. Affordable Housing – Despite the growing population and the many factors that make Cary such a great place to live, the housing market remains relatively affordable. The median homes sales price for the first quarter of 2017 was $310,000.
  4. Low Crime Rate – The crime rate in Cary is extremely low – averaging around 84 violent crimes per 100,000 people – almost 8x lower than the violent crime rate in Charlotte. For property crimes, the statistics tell the same story. In 2015, Smart Asset ranked Cary as the 4th safest city in the nation. FBI data released in 2013 lists Cary as having the lowest overall crime rate for cities with populations between 100,000 and 500,000. That is a statistic worth bragging about.
  5. Education – Given its proximity to so many institutions of higher learning, it should be no surprise that the public schools in Cary perform well and meet the expectations of a highly-educated community. Over 60% of Cary’s residents hold a bachelor’s degree or higher. Green Hope High School, with more than 2200 students, has received national mention in both US. News and Newsweek rankings.
  6. Arts & Entertainment – With quick and easy access to the arts and culture venues in the university towns of Raleigh, Chapel Hill and Durham, there is never lack of entertainment for Cary residents. You do not even have to leave Cary to enjoy an evening at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park, the region’s premiere outdoor concert venue and home to the NC Symphony Summerfest and a host of national touring acts. Local parks in Cary play host to large and small festivals throughout the year, including the nationally-recognized Spring Daze Festival showcasing the best of North Carolina’s arts and crafts community.
  7. Great Place to Relocate – People move to Cary in search of enhanced employment opportunities, improved quality of life and an active early retirement and Cary welcomes them all. Many websites devoted to the topic of relocation to another state tout Cary as a preferred destination. 70% of the population was born outside of the area, with a full 20% arriving from other countries.
  8. Outdoor Recreation – One of the main reasons people migrate to Cary is the attraction to the outdoor lifestyle. In 2013, the American College of Sports Medicine ranked the Raleigh-Cary areas among the 15 “Fittest Cities in America.” Cary has more than 20 public parks plus a 79-mile greenway trail system. Many of the trails run from Fred G. Bond Metro Park in the center of town. The park is also home to ball fields, a lake, boathouse, challenge courses and an amphitheater.
  9. Access to Beach and Mountains – You are never far from the mountains or the sea when you are in Cary. North Carolina’s famed Outer Banks beaches are only 3 hours away. If mountains and lakes are more to your liking, head north to the Blue Ridge Parkway and you will be breathing fresh mountain air in a couple of hours.
  10. Cary’s Downtown Chow Down – Last, but not least, how can you not love a town that hosts not one, but four food truck rodeos each year? The food, beer, wine and live music are all first-rate. A vibrant, food truck community has taken root in Cary and, by the looks of things, is here to stay.

These are just a few of the many attributes that make Cary such a livable town. Many who have moved here and remained love the fact that Cary combines the best features of urban life with a small-town vibe, while providing a standard of living and quality of life that is hard to match.

Come for a visit and you may just decide to stay.