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Cary, NC: A Thriving Community In Wake County

lazy daze cary nc festival crowd on academy streetTalk to any person in the Wake County area and they’re likely to confuse Cary for a city instead of a town. That’s because this community is so large and so economically independent that it only make sense that it should be a city rather than a town!

Small-Town Feel, Big City Conveniences

Considered the 7th largest municipality in the state, this community sits in both Wake and Chatham County with a population of more than 135,000 residents.

That means that this town’s population grew 43% between 2000 and 2010 — now that’s impressive! In fact, the community was considered the 5th fastest growing municipality in the U.S. from Sept. 1, 2006 and Sept. 1, 2007.

So what makes this community such a desirable place to live for many buyers? Continue reading to find out!

Why People Love Living in Cary, NC

Like all of the other municipalities in the area, Cary enjoys an excellent location within the Research Triangle metropolitan region, meaning that residents enjoy convenient access to a number of international businesses, top-ranking universities, cultural amenities and so much more.

Cary's Origins as Bradford's Ordinary

But Cary has its own claims to fame as well. This community, which first began in 1750 as a settlement called Bradford’s Ordinary, is one of the first communities in the area to create a Planned Unit Development zoning designation. This allowed for town employees to plan wisely when creating such community features as schools, churches, commercial and industrial areas, etc.

Because of this, Kildaire Farms, a 967-acre Planned Unit Development in Cary, actually became North Carolina’s first PUD. Today, it is renowned for being both aesthetically pleasing and intuitively obvious the navigate among residents.

The Town's Rich Heritage

koka booth amphitheatre stage in cary ncThis community also maintains a strong connection to its history, which residents really appreciate. For instance, there are a number of locations listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Cary, including the Page-Walker Hotel, the Carpenter Historic District, Cary Historic District, Green Level Historic District, Ivey-Ellington House, and Nancy Jones House.

Cary is also home to a number of notable businesses, including 3DSolve, American Airlines, Caterpillar, Cotton Incorporated and Deere & Company.

A Wide Range of Things to Do

People also love living in Cary because of the diverse array of recreational amenities that they can enjoy within the town limits. This includes the Koka Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park as well as William B. Umstead State Park.

Other attractions that you and your family are sure to want to check out include:

  • USA Baseball National Training Complex
  • Thomas Brooks Park
  • Sk8 Cary Skate Park
  • Fred G. Bond Metropolitan Park
  • Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve
  • Walnut Street Park
  • Cary Tennis Park
  • Lochmere Golf Club
  • And more!

Invest in a Gorgeous Home for Sale in Cary, NC

As with many of the communities in the Triangle area, Cary offers interested home buyers a wide selection of properties from which to choose.

And these homes represent a wide selection of price ranges — even wider, in fact, than neighboring communities.

For instance, in Cary, you can easily purchase a home for under $150,000 in such communities as Williamsburg, but you can also purchase a home for more than $1 million in such communities as MacGregor West.

Other neighborhoods within Cary include Greystone, Preston Village and Twin Lakes.

Your Kids Will Receive An Excellent Education in Cary

Cary Public Schools, which were first established in the late 19th century, are now part of the Wake County Public School System, which is the largest school system in the state.

Some of the specific schools your child will attend include:

  • runners at apex lake raceCary High School
  • Green Hope High School
  • Middle Creek High School
  • Panther Creek High School
  • Davis Drive Middle School
  • East Cary Middle School
  • Mills Park Middle School
  • Reedy Creek Middle School
  • West Cary Middle School
  • Adams Elementary School
  • Alston Ridge Elementary School
  • Briarcliff Elementary School
  • Carpenter Elementary School
  • Cary Elementary School
  • Davis Drive Elementary School
  • Farmington Woods Elementary School
  • Green Hope Elementary School
  • Highcroft Drive Elementary School

Private School Options

There are also a number of private schools located within or near Cary town limits, including Cary Academy, Cary Christian School, Grace Christian School, Hopewell Academy and Resurrection Lutheran School.

Nearby Universities and Community Colleges

Interested in pursuing higher education? You won’t have to look too far. There are a number of colleges and universities in the area, including Wake Technical Community College, Meredith College, Duke University and UNC Chapel Hill.

Buying or Selling Your Home?


$200,000 and up
Sq Ft: 0+
A few homes in Birklands offer home theaters
$2,000,000 and up
Sq Ft: 10,544+
Cameron Pond is close to upscale shops and restaurants in West Cary
$404,000 - $870,000
Sq Ft: 2,797 - 6,007
$800,000 - $1,045,000
Sq Ft: 4,000 - 5,400
$250,000 - $450,000
Sq Ft: 1,500 - 4,500
Creekside at Olde Carpenter is near a historic farming community
$600,000 and up
This community is close to Cary greenway trails
$500,000 and up
Sq Ft: 3,300 - 4,000
Greystone Mews is close to shopping and dining in Apex
$240,000 - $320,000
Sq Ft: 1,909 - 2,644
Holland Farm Estates has its own pond with trails
$335,000 - $725,000
Sq Ft: 2,420 - 5,620

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