Income/capita 47%
Household income 71%
Unemployment 39%
IndexCaryNorth CarolinaNational
Income per capita$43,925$26,779$29,829
Median household income$94,617$48,256$55,322
Median income owner occupied$117,239$61,102$70,586
Median income renter occupied$55,177$31,027$35,192
Median earnings male$68,157$32,737$36,919
Median earnings female$36,983$25,062$26,250
Unemployment rate2.9%5.1%4.7%
Poverty level5.9%16.8%15.1%

Key findings

  • The income per capita in Cary is 47% higher than the national average
  • The median household income in Cary is 71% higher than the national average
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings
  • The unemployment rate in Cary is 39% lower than the national average
  • The poverty level in Cary is 61% lower than the national average

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      Cary median earnings by income bracket

      Cary employment by industry

      Labour TypeMaleFemale
      Construction industry5.5%1.0%
      Manufacturing sector14.2%0.5%
      Financial & insurance services5.7%5.6%
      Wholesale & retail services12.0%10.3%
      Public administration3.6%3.2%
      Transportation, warehousing & utilities3.4%2.1%
      Education, health & social services11.1%33.4%

      Nearby cities with high median household income

      City, StatePopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Holly Springs, NC30,126$98,04177%
      Apex, NC43,893$95,28372%
      Morrisville, NC22,600$92,76968%
      Fuquay-Varina, NC22,722$70,22627%
      Fearrington Village, NC2,984$70,13627%
      Cary, NC155,822$94,61771%

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      City, StatePopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Salinas, CA155,889$52,3385%
      McKinney, TX156,821$83,25750%
      Palmdale, CA156,823$52,8015%
      Hayward, CA154,507$68,13823%
      Fort Collins, CO157,251$57,8315%
      Cary, NC155,822$94,61771%
      Source: The Cary, NC employment data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).