Cary is an affluent suburb of Raleigh in the northeast-central part of North Carolina. The town is a perennial favorite of national publications for its livability and safety.
Cary is part of the Research Triangle region, which includes Raleigh (only 12 miles from Cary), Durham, and Chapel Hill. Its economic base includes companies in the technology, life sciences, and advanced manufacturing industries. SAS Institute Inc., the world’s largest privately-held software company, and Lord Corp., a technology and manufacturing company, are based in Cary. Other key employers are Deutsche Bank, American Airlines, Verizon, John Deere, Kellogg's, and Siemens.
Things to Do in Cary
Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve is just one of the popular green spaces in Cary. It consists of dense woodland and provides access to about three miles of mulched nature trails. The overlooks are perfect for a quiet commune with nature and watching birds and wildlife. Stop by the Stevens Nature Center for interactive and educational exhibits focusing on the Piedmont region. The Cary Arts Center is the town’s hub for performing arts. The Main Stage Series presents concerts and theatrical performances featuring top touring professionals. The Family Series features family-friendly performances at an affordable price. The center traces its roots to the 1870s.
Cost of Living
Cary (population: 170,282) is located in the Wake and Chatham Counties. A popular bedroom community for Research Triangle Park commuters, the town’s housing cost is 18.6% lower than the national average, with median gross rent at $1,246. However, the overall cost of living rate and food costs are 5.1% and 14.8% higher than the national average, respectively. North Carolina imposes 5.25% in state income tax and a base sales tax rate of 4.75%. Counties levy 2% to 2.75% in sales tax.
Know Your Neighborhoods
Cary boasts of more than 30 public parks and natural areas, a greenway system of over 80 miles, seven special use facilities, and four sports venues. Residents rave about the town’s excellent amenities, an abundance of green spaces, and top-notch public schools. Morrisville and Apex have equally superb schools, and they are both under 10 miles from Cary.
GoCary provides an alternative to driving with six fixed routes and door-to-door service for senior citizens and riders with disabilities. GoCary buses have provided more than 2.4 million passenger trips since its introduction in 2001. For airplane travel, the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, just six miles away, is the closest airport to Cary.