Cary

Planned suburban living with great access to Research Triangle Park and RDU International Airport.

WELCOME TO CARY

 Intertwining music and the arts amid a charming and vibrant downtown
 
 
Cary, NC is the perfect location if you've always dreamed of an idyllic location for starting a family or enjoying your golden years. Cary's small-town atmosphere is conducive to luxurious, high-end suburban homes, all nestled just minutes away from the energetic hum of Raleigh and Durham.

Cary's real estate options can feature large homes surrounded by beautiful and lush vegetation that appeal to many. Most of Cary's homes for sale are varied in age, can have at least two stories and are usually accompanied by spacious, attractive yards with impressively-tall trees, many of which are artfully positioned in the background. Brick manors are very popular, as well as colonial and farmhouse-style homes. Some of Cary's homes are even reminiscent of the classic southern home, with partial wraparound verandas.
 

WHAT TO LOVE

LOCAL LIFESTYLE

Cary's top-rated schools make it easy to see why the area feels suburban and community-oriented. The homes are lovely, and so are the many parks and 80 miles of greenways. There's still a small-town vibe to Cary, as exemplified by all the various festivals sponsored by the town. Yet, people with advanced education and careers have easy access to top-notch companies to work for nearby Raleigh and Durham.
 

DINING, ENTERTAINMENT & SHOPPING

Di Fara Pizza Tavern is the ideal location to get together with friends for great pizza and beer. On West Chatham St., La Farm Bakery offers guests a full French and American menu and a bakeshop and espresso bar.

For an upscale dining experience, try Herons, located within the five-star Umstead Hotel & Spa. Herons serve locally-sourced American fare in a sophisticated setting. For additional dining and shopping, try Fenton, a new upscale shopping center in Cary. Choose from stores such as Arhaus, Lululemon, and Bailey's Fine Jewelry. Then head to Superica or M Sushi for a superb meal, or stay outdoors to enjoy the live entertainment at Fenton.

More shopping, restaurants, and live music are found at the Waverly Place shopping center. This center has children's playgrounds, beautiful fountains, live music, and open-air boutique shopping. They also hold special events for the public during the holiday season.
 

THINGS TO DO

The Koka Booth Amphitheatre and the Cary Arts Center host top-rated musical and theater performances. The Cary Arts Center also offers programs for people of all ages in woodworking, art, clay, glass, and metals.

When Cary residents want to get outdoors, they head to the Fred G. Bond Metro Park. Set alongside Bond Lake, the park is 310 acres of beautiful green spaces and stunning foliage. Along with relaxing views of the lake, the park offers picnic areas, boating, kayaking, trails for hiking, and more. The Downtown Cary Park opened in November of 2023 and is over 7 acres in downtown Cary. With water features, play structures, dog runs, public art, and event space this newest space is attracting people from all over the Triangle. 

The city of Cary is also involved in several events throughout the year. These include the annual Farmers Fall Festival at the Cary Downtown Farmers Market, the Barktoberfest held in nearby Raleigh, and the Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival held near Academy Street in downtown Cary.
 

SCHOOLS

Cary is served by the Wake County School District, which operates 19 elementary schools and seven middle schools in Cary. The city has five public high schools:

  • Cary High School
  • Green Hope High School
  • Green Level High School
  • Middle Creek High School
  • Panther Creek High School

Overview for Cary, NC

171,603 people live in Cary, where the median age is 39.1 and the average individual income is $55,710. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

171,603

Total Population

39.1 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$55,710

Average individual Income

Around Cary, NC

There's plenty to do around Cary, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Somewhat Walkable
Walking Score
46
Somewhat Bikeable
Bike Score
26
Some Transit
Transit Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Karma Foods, Gremlina Vintage, and Graceful Expressions Dance Education.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining · $$ 2.93 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 3.94 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.23 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.2 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.77 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.64 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Cary, NC

Cary has 64,512 households, with an average household size of 2.66. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Cary do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 171,603 people call Cary home. The population density is 2,892.36 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

171,603

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

39.1

Median Age

49.44 / 50.56%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

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0-9 Years

10-17:

10-17 Years

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18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

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65-74 Years

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75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
64,512

Total Households

2.66

Average Household Size

$55,710

Average individual Income

Households with Children

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Marital Status

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Commute Time

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30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

Schools in Cary, NC

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The following schools are within or nearby Cary. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
4/5
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
4/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
West Lake Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
4/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
Grace Christian School
PRIVATE
K - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
Connections Academy
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
No rating available
Grace Christian School
PRIVATE
K - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
3/5
Triangle Math and Science Academy
PUBLIC
K - 12th
5/5
Cardinal Charter Academy
PUBLIC
K - 8th
4/5
Davis Drive Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
Penny Road Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
5/5
Mills Park Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
5/5
Laurel Park Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
4/5
Oak Grove Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
4/5
Weatherstone Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
4/5
Briarcliff Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
3/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
4/5
Farmington Woods Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
4/5
Kingswood Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
3/5
Davis Drive Middle
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
5/5
Turner Creek Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
4/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
5/5
Hortons Creek Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
4/5
Chesterbrook Academy-Preschool And Elementary
PRIVATE
PreK - 5th
No rating available
Resurrection Lutheran School
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
Triangle Montessori Academy
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
Reedy Creek Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
3/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
5/5
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
5/5
PRIVATE
6th - 12th
No rating available
Knowledge Beginnings School
PRIVATE
K - K
No rating available
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
3/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
3/5
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
4/5
Northwoods Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
4/5
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
4/5
Highcroft Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
5/5
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
3/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
4/5
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
5/5
PRIVATE
6th - 12th
No rating available
Cary Christian School
PRIVATE
K - 12th
No rating available
Heartwood Montessori School
PRIVATE
PreK - 10th
No rating available
Lucy Daniels School For Early Childhood Education
PRIVATE
PreK - 5th
No rating available
St Michael The Archangel Catholic School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Grove School Of Cary
PRIVATE
K - K
No rating available

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