Cary Named Best Place to Raise a Family in NC

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With all of the 2019 “Best of” rankings and polls being released, Cary may be the most honored town statewide. A recent study actually echoed another we covered recently done by In either case, Cary was named as the Best Place to Raise a Family in NC.

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Annual events and attractions for all ages are factors making Cary the Best Place to Raise a family in NC

The annual poll by Wallethub puts Cary as the number one Best Place to Raise a Family in NC for the second consecutive year. A June 20, 2019 blog post by Wallethub financial writer, Adam McCann went into details about the methods and areas of study used in naming the 2019 Best Place to Raise a Family in NC. There are four separate areas that the Wallethub team uses to determine the Best Place to Live in NC and each is detailed below.

Family Life, and Fun: Where to go, what to do, and how’s the weather?

Each of the four areas used in the rankings is worth a total of 25 points each. The first area is “Family, Life, and Fun.”

In determining this area’s score, Wallethub looks at each town’s attractions such as museums, theatres, playgrounds, etc. Additionally, they rank for the number of families with children aged 0-17. Lastly, they focus on commute time and average weather patterns.

Out of nearly 90 NC municipalities, Cary ranks number six overall in these areas.


Cary always ranks high for safety. The great relationships built between residents and local police and fire departments help keep the town safe

Education, Health, and Safety: How are the schools and are my children safe?

Consequently, the town of Cary also ranks sixth out of the 87 towns judged in this category too. They receive high marks for the quality of schools in the town. Likewise, Cary’s safety rating is very good, with a low violent and non-violent crime rate.

Other items playing into Cary being named Best Place to Raise a Family in NC from this category was the number of children with health insurance, number of pediatricians, and air quality.

Affordability and Socioeconomics: A pair of “Top Fives”

In each of these final 25 point areas of scoring, Cary boasted one of the top 5 highest scores. For the “Affordability” category, it was basically broken down into the overall cost of living and housing prices.


Affordability, including the pricing on new luxury homes at Preston Retreat, weighed into Cary’s high ranking.

Lastly, is “Socioeconomics,” which covers the number of two-parent families, unemployment, poverty and the like. Cary has very low rates in these areas, and thus, the top five rankings for Socioeconomics.

2019 Best Place to Raise a Family Rankings

Cary was listed as the Best Place to Raise a Family in NC with a score of 75.87 out of 100. Here are the full top 10 rankings from Wallethub.

  1. Cary-                 75.87
  2. Davidson-        75.17
  3. Morrisville-      74.77
  4. Waxhaw-          74.66
  5. Holly Springs- 72.18
  6. Apex-                 72.15
  7. Huntersville-   71.18
  8. Mooresville-    68.75
  9. Wake Forest-  68.69
  10. Weddington-   67.26

For more information on Cary being the 2019 Best Place to Raise a Family in NC, visit

Photo Credit: Town of Cary


“Biggest Ever” Cary July 4th Celebration at Koka Booth Amphitheatre


In our second part of the “Independence Day series”, we will focus on the Cary July 4th Celebration at Koka Booth Amphitheatre. In contrast to our first article, these events take place in the early afternoon through night time on July 4. Similarly, however, is the fact that both the events at the Arts Center and Bond Park and these have become Cary Independence Day traditions.

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The Cary Town Band (shown) will once again take the Koka Booth Stage on July 4.

Koka Booth to Be Location for “Biggest Ever” Cary July 4th Celebration

Starting at 3:00 p.m. and continuing until a scheduled 10:00 p.m finish, Koka Booth Amphitheatre takes over the days’ events upon completion at Bond Park. According to, this years’ Cary July 4th Celebration at Koka Booth is set to be bigger and better than ever.

“Celebrate our nation’s birthday in spectacular style at Booth Amphitheatre for the area’s biggest Independence Day celebration ever.” It continues, “Enjoy the beautiful setting and patriotic performances with the Cary Town Band and the North Carolina Symphony in what promises to make guests proud to be an American.”

In addition to musical performances, there will also be family-friendly activities and performances all day long. Finally, the Cary July 4th Celebration will conclude with a spectacular fireworks display.

Koka Booth July 4th Schedule of Events

  • 3:00 pm– Gates Open, attendees can set out blankets, lawn chairs, etc. on the lawn
  • 3:00- 5:00 pm– Live DJ for music and dancing
  • 3:00-7:00 pm– Kids’ Activities and Rides (50 ft. Ferris Wheel, “Berry-Go-Round, Magicians and live performances)
  • 4:30-6:00 pm– Ice Cream Eating Contests
  • 5:45-6:45 pm– Cary Town Band on Koka Booth Main Stage
  • 7:30- 8:30 pm– NC Symphony on Koka Booth Main Stage
  • 9:00- finish– July 4 Fireworks Display

“Pub Tickets” and Lawn Seating for July 4th Celebration at Koka Booth

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Shown is the NC Symphony during a previous performance at Koka Booth. They will take the stage prior to the fireworks.

The general admission seating on the spacious lawn at Koka Booth is free to the public and no tickets are required. However, there are “Special Reserved Seating” tickets that can be purchased for this event but must be purchased in blocks of 4.

More specifically the “blocks of 4” seating is at 4-seat pub tables and cost $160 for the entire table. Each 4-seat table purchased will receive several complimentary gifts. These include:

  • A Free Preferred Parking Pass
  • Pint of Lumpy’s Ice Cream
  • A loaf of Star Spangled Swirl Bread from the Great Harvest Bread Company.

Much like the event venues of earlier in the day, Koka Booth Amphitheatre is only a quick drive from your new luxury home at Preston Retreat. It is located at 8003 Regency Parkway in Cary.

For further details on this and all upcoming events in Cary, visit

Cary Independence Day Events: Red, White and Blue “Olde Time” Fun


With the end of June approaching, that means our nation’s birthday is growing near. For Cary residents, this means its time to start making plans for the “fun-tastic” Cary Independence Day Events taking place this year on July 3-4.

(This is part one in a two-part series on Cary Independence Day Events)


The Cary Arts Center (pictured) will host the Cary Town Band’s tribute to the veterans on Thursday, July 3.

Independence Eve Celebration at Cary Arts Center

Cary Arts Center will play host to the first of all Cary Independence Day Events on July 3. These festivities start at 6:30 p.m. with a “pre-show” performance by “Applause! Cary Youth Theatre.”

Following the youngsters, the Cary Town Band will take center stage at the celebration. They will pay tribute to our nation’s veterans at this years’ upcoming event.

Scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. start, the Cary Town Band has become a tradition at the annual Cary Independence Day Events. In addition to honoring those who have served, Deborah Tilton, NC Army National Guard Specialist, will be answering, “What is a Veteran?”


The “Olde Time” Independence Day Celebration on Thursday, July 4 is at Fred G. Bond Metro Park

Olde Time Celebration and Cary Independence Day Events at Bond Park

Starting at 8:00 a.m. on our nation’s day of birth, the Fred G. Bond Metro Park will be the location for an “Olde Time” celebration.

It is encouraged to bring along the whole family to the days’ Cary Independence Day Events. After the 8:00 a.m start, activities for all ages will continue into the early afternoon.

The Cary Independence Day Events at the “Olde Time Celebration” Schedule

  • 8:00-10:00 a.m.- Fishing Tournament                                                                                                                                  Registration starts at 7:30 at Bond Park Boathouse. Prizes awarded in a variety of categories and age groups.
  • 9:30-10:30 a.m.- Parade Preparations
    Bring out your bike, tricycle, wagon, scooter, or kids battery-power vehicles and get ready for an “old-fashioned” parade! This years’ parade theme is “American Pride.” Thus, let’s see some stars and stripes, and a lot of creativity using the red, white, and blue. Supplies for decorating will be provided by Cary Teen Council.
  • 10:30 a.m.- finish- Parade in the Park
    Time to show off that “American Pride!” Take a walk, stroll, or ride along in the annual Parade in the park. The starting point will be the Kiwanis Shelter. The Cary Town Band will lead the parade playing some of their patriotic-best tunes.
  • 11:00 a.m- finish- Family Contests
    Another favorite part each year of these Cary  Independence Day Events! The whole family teams up for these friendly competitions in a variety of different age groups and events. A full listing of the events/contests scheduled are below.
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The sack race Is one of the many “Family Contests” scheduled for the Olde Time Celebration at Bond Park.

The “Family Contests” Scheduled Events

  • Donut Eating Contest
  • Watermelon Eating Contest
  • Lake Side Olympics
  • Sack Race
  • Egg and Spoon Race
  • Three-Legged Race
  • Seed-Spitting Contests

The Wednesday, July 3 Cary Town Band event is at the Cary Arts Center. This is located at 101 Dry Avenue in Cary. The Thursday, July 4 activities are at Fred G. Bond Metro Park, 801 High House Road, also in Cary. Both locations are only a short few minutes from your new home at the Preston Retreat luxury, new home community.

For more details on these great Independence Day Events, you can visit

(Photo Credit: Town of Cary)


What is the Safest City in America?…Of Course, it’s Cary!!!


At the end of March, the experts in “finding you the right place to live,” released one of the most anticipated studies of the year. The study analyzed 283 cities across the country with a population of 100,000 or above in several areas to gauge the safety of their respective residents. In the article, released on March 19, they summed up their findings, giving Cary the highest praise of all analyzed. “Taking the crown as the Safest City in America for 2019 is Cary,” it stated. “A classic example of everything that makes America great!”

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Events hosted by the Cary Police Department such as “Public Safety Day” (pictured) help give residents a comfortable and safe feeling.

For Love, Comfort, and Safety…Cary is the Spot!

In the Home Snacks blog post announcing the 2019 Safest City in America, blogger, Chris Kolmar begins with an overview of the annual poll. “We all want the finer things in life. Love, comfort, and safety are at the top of everyone’s list,” he began. What followed was his first “tip of the cap” to the town of Cary. “For a lot of people who live in America, safety isn’t a problem, but we don’t all get to live in the safest cities unless of course, you live in Cary, North Carolina.”

The Top 10 Safest City in America Listing for 2019

  1. Cary, North Carolina
  2. Irvine, California
  3. Naperville, Indiana
  4. Port St. Lucie, Florida
  5. Allen, Texas
  6. Gilbert, Arizona
  7. Murrieta, California
  8. Thousand Oaks, California
  9. Frisco, Texas
  10. League City, Texas
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The Town of Cary’s wide variety of youth camps in the Summer and during the school year offer kids a safe way to make friends and have fun.

Residents Agree that Cary is Safe…and So Much More

A new feature to Home Snacks in their recent polls is actual resident feedback and comments about the individual cities. Echoing the sentiments of the town being named Safest City in America for 2019, one resident went even further in praising their hometown

“I grew up in Cary,” the Cary native began. “It is a town that I would recommend to anyone for any reason. Cary is a place for everyone, great for seniors, great for raising kids, and great for young adults and professionals.”

The review continued, “It is aa safe of a place to grow up as you will find. The schools are fantastic, there is a great selection of food, activities, and experiences.” The glowing recollection concluded, “It was a wonderful place for me to grow up and I’d recommend it to anyone looking for their forever home.”

How is it Decided That Cary is the Safest City in America?


The Cary Fire Department also adds to the feeling of safety in town with their connection to the community.

An obvious question, with a detailed and definitive answer. Home Snacks explains their ranking and analysis process in detail. Unlike some other sites and studies, they have a very thorough research model, covered in the blog post listing the results.

“While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the safest, we didn’t want to rely on speculation and opinion.” It continues, “Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI’s most recent report of crime (Sept 2018). Specifically, we analyzed the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year.”

A “Report Card” for the Safest City in America

In addition to the overall highest score for overall safety (9.5 out of 10), Home Snacks also handed out “grades” based on a score of 1-10 to all 283 municipalities analyzed. They call their report card type grading system their “SnackAbility” scores. It is safe to say when looking at the “report card” below that Cary is not only the Safest City in America but it also “graduates with Highest Honors!”

Cary, North Carolina “SnackAbility Report Card”


“Operation Medicine Drop” and other similar programs initiated by the town help keep drugs off the streets in Cary.

(Scores are graded 1-10, 10 being highest)

Overall Grade- 9.5

Safety- 9.5

Education- 9.5

Amenities 9.5

Jobs and Employment- 9.0

Housing- 9.0

Diversity- 9.0

Affordability- 8.0

Commute/Travel- 8.0

Your New Homes Awaits: In America’s Safest City and the new standard in luxury home neighborhoods, Preston Retreat

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The incredible homes at Preston Retreat are located in the heart of “America’s Safest City,” Cary, NC

One look at the “Report Card” above and the title of Safest City in America and it’s no wonder you are searching for new luxury homes in Cary. Luckily for you right in the heart of “Safe City USA,” is the luxury home neighborhood that “changed the game” in the Triangle area, Preston Retreat.

There are still several home lots available at Preston Retreat. Some incredible custom home builders in the area waiting to build your dream home at Preston Retreat. To see some of the spectacular homes and the sites available in the Safest City in America at Preston Retreat, visit

(All Photo Credits: Town of Cary)

Cary Named No.1 for Best Cities to Raise a Family in NC for 2019


The upward trend continues for the Town of Cary! Cary climbs to the top of the list for 2019, as number one among the Best Cities to Raise a Family in NC.

The 2019 Best Places to Raise a Family in NC Rankings Process


Family-friendly amenities such as annual events for all ages (pictured is the Lazy Daze Arts Festival) are cited as one of many reasons Cary is top on this list.

For the second straight year,  the experts at HomeSnacks is releasing a definitive list of the Best Places to Raise a Family in NC. They explain their methods at the official HomeSnacks website. “HomeSnacks combines recent data from the Census, FBI, OpenStreetmaps, and dozens of other sources, into bite-sized studies to help you understand what it’s like to live in different communities across the country.”

They professionally rank cities, neighborhoods, and counties, and states across America. Cary is in the top five Best Places to Raise a Family in NC for three years running. With a steady two spot improvement each year, Cary has finally reached the top in 2019.

How Cary Climbed to Number One for Best Places to Raise a Family in NC

In the article published on February 23, the 2019 Best Places to Raise a Family by HomeSnacks expert, Chris Kolmar explains specifically why Cary tops this years’ listing.

He started by explaining the town’s statistics. “Cary is the seventh-largest municipality in North Carolina,” Kolmar started. “Cary is predominantly in Wake, with a small area in Chatham counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina and is the county’s second-largest municipality and the third-largest municipality in The Triangle after Raleigh and Durham.” He continued, “The town’s population was 135,234 as of the 2010 census, making it the largest town and seventh largest municipality statewide. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates the town’s population to be 159,769 as of July 1, 2015. Cary is the second most populous incorporated town in the United States.”

Going one step further, Kolmar gives praise to Cary, basically noting that the climb to the top of the poll is almost to be expected. “If you are from North Carolina, you probably would have guessed Cary in an instant,” he said matter-of-factly. “It is one of the safest cities in America and is like one large, happy suburb packed with other happy families. The schools are great, the jobs are excellent, and the neighborhoods are safe.” He concluded by questioning, “What more could you ask for?”

Methodology in Rankings of Best Places to Raise a Family in NC


The fantastic public schools in Cary are another reason it ranks as the number one Best Places to Raise a Family in NC. Pictured is Weatherstone Elementary, the highly ranked and respected public school closest to Preston Retreat.

“How does HomeSnacks decide where each town ranks and which are the Best Places to Raise a family in NC?” Well, they answer this question in detail in Kolmar’s article as well.

Basically, in his explanation, Kolmar lists all the criteria that are analyzed. This includes the quality of schools and distance to major cities. Likewise, the percentage of households with children and family friendly amenities nearby factor in. Last but not least is the safety of each municipality. He further noted that they look at every single city in the state. He refers to U.S. Census data for the state of North Carolina in the study.

In summation of the final analysis, Kolmar adds, “We look at 60 cities in terms of “family-friendliness.” He concludes, “We have a clear winner: Cary, North Carolina.”

The Top Ten Best Places to Raise a Family in NC

  1. Cary
  2. Davidson
  3. Concord
  4. Wake Forest
  5. Lincolnton
  6. Chapel Hill
  7. Morrisville
  8. Stallings
  9. Holly Springs
  10. Tarboro

To see the entire article on the Best Cities to Raise a Family in NC for 2019 visit

Cary’s “Masterpiece” Awaits You and Your Family

The accolades for Cary continue to pour in in numerous areas. The obvious family-friendly and community-oriented spirit of Cary relates to a young demographic. This is leading to many young families looking for dream homes or homesites within the town. To see the available new homesites in Cary at the most prestigious, luxury new home community in town, Preston Retreat, visit “The Homes” section at

Feel the Heat of Cary NC Summer Concerts at Koka Booth Amphitheatre

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A new season is upon us, as are the Cary NC Summer Concerts at Koka Booth Amphitheatre. Consequently, the only thing hotter than the NC Summer looks to be the upcoming schedule. Conveniently, Koka Booth Amphitheatre is only a short drive from your new home in Cary at the Preston Retreat luxury new home community.

(This article is the second in a two-part series looking at all Cary NC Summer Events at Koka Booth Amphitheatre. To see the other Cary NC Summer Concerts at Koka Booth see the first post here)

Cary NC Summer Concerts: Country, Classics, and Comedy at Koka Booth


On Wednesday, July 10, the “Royal Affair Tour” comes to Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary. This will feature some of the hottest classic rock artists of all time. The lineup includes YES, Asia, John Lodghe of the Moody Blues, and Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy.

The Cary NC Summer Concerts at Koka Booth feature an array of world-known talent. Whether you enjoy the twang of country, the driving beat of classic rock, or even some humor, these Cary NC Summer Concerts have got you covered.

The Summer schedule at Koka Booth has a variety of old favorites and some hot, up and coming acts. Between May 30 and September 21, one thing is for certain, there is something for everyone at “the Amphitheatre.”

Koka Booth Amphitheatre Cary NC Summer Concerts Schedule

The Outlaws & Renegades Tour: Travis Tritt and Charlie Daniels Band-  May 30

Father John Misty and Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit- June 25

The Royal Affair: YES, Asia, John Lodge (Moody Blues), and Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy-  July 10

“Weird Al” Yankovic “Strings Attached Tour”- July 13

Greensky Bluegrass- July 19

Sublime with Rome, SOJA and Special Guests Common Kings, Seranation- July 21

Big Head Todd and the Monsters and Toad the Wet Sprocket- August 18

Little Big Town- September 6

Kacey Musgraves: “Oh What a World Tour II”-  September 14

Mandolin Orange- September 21

Let’s All Go to the “Movies By Moonlight” Series


The popular “Movies by Moonlight” series returns to Koka Booth Amphitheatre on Friday, June 14. The series will run on Friday night’s throughout the Summer until August 30. The popular series is sponsored by Wake Med Cary Hospital.

The popular “Movies by the Moonlight” series also returns for the Summer months at Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre. Always a family favorite, and fun for all ages, this series makes Friday nights a “movie night.”

The Koka Booth website best describes the “Movies by Moonlight” series which begins on Friday, June 14. “On designated “movie” nights from June through August cinema buffs are invited to attend this family-friendly event.” It goes on to say that the series “provides the perfect opportunity and atmosphere to sit back, relax and enjoy the stars of the big screen under the stars at one of the region’s most popular venues.”

2019 Koka Booth Amphitheatre “Movies by the Moonlight” Schedule

  • Hotel Transylvania 3 (PG): Summer Vacation – June 14
  • Spider-Man into the Spider-Verse (PG)- June 21
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet (PG)- June 28
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (PG)- July 5
  • Game Night (R)- July 11
  • Incredibles 2 (PG)- July 26
  • Jurassic World (PG-13)- August 9
  • Black Panther (PG-13)- August 16
  • A Star is Born (R)- August 30

With all of the incredible entertainment options in our two articles, its obvious its gonna be a “red-hot” Summer at Koka Booth. To see more on the Cary NC Summer Concerts Schedule and all upcoming events visit

Photo Credits: Town of Cary

Cary NC Summer Events Schedule is “Red Hot” at Koka Booth Ampitheatre

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The concerts, movies and world-class entertainment that makes up the Cary NC Summer Events schedule looks to be “red hot” in the coming months at Koka Booth Amphitheatre. With an array of talent in a variety of genres, every member of your new household at the Preston Retreat new luxury home neighborhood is sure to be tapping their toes or clapping along to their favorite performers.

(This article is the first in a two-part series looking at all Cary NC Summer Events at Koka Booth Amphitheatre.)

NC Summer Events: Symphony, Summerfest, and “All That Jazz”

The Cary NC Summer Events schedule at Koka Booth actually is set to start up this upcoming week. As is tradition each Summer, there will be several concert series’ taking place at the Amphitheatre. Consequently, the “Movies by Moonlight” outdoor movie nights are also sure to be a hit in the coming weeks.

The Josh Cellars Jazz Series at Koka Booth

Coming back for a sixth straight year will be the soothing sounds of the Josh Cellars Jazz Series. Shows will take place Wednesday evenings in May and feature either local and regional talent. All seating and music will take place on the spacious Crescent Deck creating a casual environment to relax and mingle with friends.

The Koka Booth website assures all the jazz fans in the area that, “Josh Cellars Jazz Series at Cary’s Booth Amphitheatre promises a mid-week retreat sure to relax and inspire.

The full lineup for the 2019 Jazz Series as part of Koka Booth Amphitheatre’s Cary NC Summer Events calendar is below. Each performence will be on a Wednesday night.

  • Kate McGarry- Wednesday, May 15, 5:30-8:30 pm
  • Steve Hobbs- Wednesday, May 22, 5:30-8:30 pm
  • Peter Lamb and the Wolves- Wednesday, May 29, 5:30-8:30 pm

NC Symphony Summerfest

The North Carolina Symphony will also be returning to Cary’ for a summer of great music and family fun. Running from May 25 – July 20 these shows are always a favorite among Cary NC Summer Events.

Summerfest is more than music, as the entire atmosphere at the Summerfest shows is special. Some may opt for a picnic as they soak in the sounds of the NC Symphony. With special guests and kid-friendly activities like the popular “Instrument Zoo.”

NC Symphony Music Director, Grant Llewellyn spoke of the special atmosphere at Koka Booth Amphitheatre. He actually expressed it was among the finest to play at nationwide.

“There is a wonderful dynamic at Booth which outclasses most other outdoor venues in the US.” Llewellyn added, “People feel engaged and involved in this outdoor informal setting and they can hear and appreciate great music in the great outdoors.”

2019 NC Symphony “Summerfest” Lineup at Koka Booth Amphitheatre

  • Symphonie Fantastique and “Play with the Pros”- Saturday, May 25, 7:30 pm
  • A Space Spectacular- Saturday, June 1, 7:30 pm
  • Piazzolla’s Four Seasons- Friday, June 7, 7:30 pm
  • Vivaldi’s Four Seasons- Saturday, June 8, 7:30 pm
  • Classics Under the Stars- Saturday, June 15, 7:30 pm
  • Ben Folds- Saturday, June 22, 7:30 pm
  • Broadway’s Greatest Hits- Saturday, June 29, 7:30 pm
  • Independence Day Celebration- Thursday, July 4, 7:30 pm
  • Russian Nights- Saturday, July 6, 7:30 pm
  • The Music of Chicago with Brass Transit- Friday, July 12, 7:30 pm

In our follow up article, we will take a look at the concert performers and revisit the return of the “Movies by Moonlight series.” The entire Koka Booth lineup is impressive and even better for you is its location. Located at 8003 Regency Parkway, the amphitheater is just minutes from the Preston Retreat new home community.

For more information on the Cary NC Summer Events at Koka Booth Amphitheatre visit Likewise, if you like to see the Cary NC new homes for sale, click here.


Cary NC new homes at Preston Retreat Put You in America’s Top “Livable, Mid-Sized, Boomtown!!!”


Yes, Cary NC new homes at Preston Retreat get a boost from the state-wide accolades the town receives. Cary has been classified as among the top in-state for safety, affordability, jobs, schools and other areas. Consequently, in this next post supporting your search for Cary NC new homes, we leave the state of North Carolina. Furthermore, we will look at the nation-wide accolades Cary is receiving making it a top spot in the U.S.

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Spectacular Cary NC new homes like the one pictured at Preston Retreat, are getting noticed nation wide.

Cary NC new homes are “Most Livable” for a Mid-Size City in the US

One of the more recent awards given to the town of Cary came from the real estate experts at Smart Asset. This again supported your pursuit of Cary NC new homes, placing the town among the Top 5 Most Livable Mid-Sized Cities in the US.

Cary was the only NC municipality to crack the top 25 on this list. Smart Asset columnist Derek Miller explains why Cary NC new homes are now located in one of the Most livable Mid-Sized Cities in the US. “Cary is in the top 15 nationally for their low poverty rate, low unemployment rate, and high median income.” He continued, “this shows most households are in a stable financial position. Employment is plentiful, and families should be able to save money more easily than in many municipalities.”

8 Main Areas that Placed Cary as #4 Most Livable Mid-Sized Cities in the US

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    Cary has been named Top Boomtown and among Most Livable in the US. A fast, commute time, and great public transit system (shown) factor into this

    Median Home Values

  • Monthly Housing Costs
  • Income Inequality
  • Poverty Rate
  • Median Household Income
  • Unemployment Rate
  • Uninsured Rate
  • Average Commute Time

America’s Number One “Boomtown”

The Smart Asset team compiles their annual rankings for the “Top Boomtown in the US” looking at  572 of the largest cities in America. With high scores all around, Cary, NC is listed ahead of all others, as the “Top Boomtown in the US.”

Amanda Dixon, Smart Asset columnist explained the rationale behind Cary as the “Number One Boomtown.” She listed five main areas in which all towns and cities were analyzed.

Five Major Factors Determining “America’s Top Boomtowns”

  • Unemployment Rate
  • GDP growth rate
  • Housing Market growth
  • Average Annual Change in Employment Figures
  • Rate of Residents Moving To Versus Those Moving Away

In addition to listing these 5 reasons, Dixon went on to specifically detail Cary’s top billing. “Cary is one of the largest municipalities in the state of North Carolina. It’s part of the Raleigh-Cary metro area which has more than 1.2 million residents,” she began. “While its smaller than most of its neighbors,” she continued. “Cary will be a force. Its housing growth of 9.1 percent is among the highest rates in our analysis.” She concluded, “The presence of strong research institutions will draw tech companies and entrepreneurs.”

To see the entire listing for either the Most Livable Mid-Sized Cities in the US or the nation’s top “Boomtown,” visit To see all the great Cary NC new homes options at Preston Retreat, visit “The Homes” section of


More Accolades Pour in as Cary Takes Spot Among Most Livable Mid-Sized Cities in US

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In what is becoming a trend here among annual polls, awards and rankings, the town of Cary continues to be recognized both state wide and nationally, supporting you and your family’s move to the Preston Retreat new luxury home community, most recently being placed in the top five by Smart Asset in their list of the Most Livable Mid-Sized Cities in the US.

The experts at Smart Asset placed Cary as the only North Carolina representative in the top 25 on their Most Livable Mid-Sized Cities in the US, detailing their high ranking in a blog post by Derek Miller at their official website. ( There, Weber explained, “One of the safest cities in the country is also one of the Most Livable Mid-Sized Cities in the US, our data reveals.”

He continued, “Cary has a low poverty rate, low unemployment rate, and a high median income. In each of those metrics, Cary ranks in the top 15.” The piece concluded, “Combined, those three figures show that most households in Cary are in a stable financial position. Employment is plentiful, and most households should be able to save money.”

In the same article covering the Most Livable Mid-Sized Cities in the US, the methods behind the final results that were arrived at are also explained thoroughly as follows. “ To rank the best mid-sized cities in America, we excluded the largest 100 cities in the country, and looked to data for the rest of the cities with a population above 100,000. In total, we examined 173 cities…we compared them across eight metrics.”

The piece then told those eight metrics used in deciphering the top 25 Most Livable Mid-Sized Cities in the US as:

  • Median Home Values
  • Monthly Housing Costs
  • Income Inequality
  • Poverty Rate
  • Median Household Income
  • Unemployment Rate
  • Uninsured Rate
  • Average Commute Time

To see a detailed breakdown with the actual numbers included that landed Cary at number four among the Most Livable Mid-Sized Cities in the US, visit


Top 5 Listing of Most Affordable Cities in NC Places Cary at Number Two


With many of the real estate/living blogs releasing their year-end polls for 2018, it comes as no surprise that the highly decorated town that you now call home at Preston Retreat, Cary, is among many of these listings. This includes the recent study on, placing Cary as the number two town state wide among the Most Affordable Cities in NC

With just one town/city ahead of Cary on the Most Affordable Cities in NC list, and only 5 featured in the article at, the reasoning for Cary’s lofty positioning is explained. “Low unemployment rates are almost as important to a city’s affordability as cheap housing costs. (You need an income to pay for that mortgage!) Cary’s unemployment rate is at 5.6%, the lowest of all the cities on the list.” They go on to say, “…Those who are employed enjoy a significantly high income, with the median household income at $90,250. The city also provides plenty of ways to cut costs, such as multiple public transit options, and numerous parks and nature preserves for free entertainment.”

The blog posting that details the new ranking was written by Livability expert, Stephanie Inman, who gets into the research and analyzation process, stating, “North Carolina is consistently among the top 10 most populated states in the U.S. With excellent job opportunities and a number of outdoor attractions, the state is a huge draw for families, young couples and singles. But higher population usually means higher living costs.”

Inman continues to say, “We considered a number of factors in composing this list, such as earning potential, quality of life, the city’s cost of living compared to the national average, attractions and much more.” She concludes, “…We don’t just mean the cheapest places to live in North Carolina: These are places you will actually want to move to…”

According to their official website, “Livability explores what makes small-to-medium sized cities great places to live.” Going into further detail, they state, “Through proprietary research studies, engaging articles and original photography and video, we examine topics related to community amenities, education, sustainability, transportation, housing and the economy. We then leverage that expertise to develop city rankings for a range of topics.”

For further specifics on Cary’s ranking among the top 5 Most Affordable Cities in NC and to view the entire listing, visit