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  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    A
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    A
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B+
Cary is a suburb of Raleigh with a population of 163,266. Cary is in Wake County and is one of the best places to live in North Carolina. Living in Cary offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Cary there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families live in Cary and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Cary are highly rated.
About Cary...
Population
163,266

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$337,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,199
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    31%
  • Own
    69%
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Cary Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    38.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    0.6
    6.1
  • Rape
    7
    40.7
  • Robbery
    19.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    107.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    752.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    44.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    13%
  • 18-24 years
    5%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    17%
  • 45-54 years
    16%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    29%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    38%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    19%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    10%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%

Working in Cary

Jobs
A
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$101,079
National
$55,322
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Cary is a very nice area to live. There are many great schools around for children. There are also numerous unique community programs for children, adults, and seniors. Cary has a great variety of restaurants in addition to the shopping opportunities. The American Tobacco Trail and greenways throughout the town provide a great way to get outside and enjoy the outdoors. There are also several outdoor events throughout the year that are great for the whole family including food truck rodeos, music concerts, and festivals. Overall, Cary is a great place for individuals, couples, families, and even pets as it provides exceptional opportunities and a welcoming community feel!
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Cary is a wonderful place to live overall! It is right next Research Triangle Park (RTP), which is filled with many companies like Cisco, IBM, & Biogen. Also, the Wake County Public School System provides many opportunities to K-12 kids. Also, the colleges located in NC are amazing! The choices range from Duke, NCSU, UNC Chapel Hill, & much more! In the community, there is always something to do. Downtown Cary has many activities to do like reading a book at their newest library, learning new things at the Cary Arts Center, or enjoying ice cream at a local ice cream parlor.
Cary is an up and coming city that is growing daily! The area is filled with high class /middle class neighborhoods, families of all nationalities coming together as one !
Schools within the community are topped ranked for their education.
Shopping, Restaurants, Family activities are always available!
Cary is a beautiful city and a must see when in the North Carolina area !