Population: 155,822Median home value: $309,800 86 Ranks better than 98% of areas

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A+ Cary Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Cary Cost of Living Cost of living is 23% higher than North Carolina
11616% more expensive than the US average
North Carolina
946% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Cary cost of living
A+ Cary Crime Total crime is 61% lower than North Carolina
Total crime
1,13959% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 8859% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-8%Year over year crime is down
Cary crime
B+ Cary Employment Household income is 96% higher than North Carolina
Median household income
$94,61771% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$43,92547% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%39% lower than the US average
Cary employment
C Cary Housing Home value is 97% higher than North Carolina
Median home value
$309,80068% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,08414% higher than the US average
Home ownership
68%7% higher than the US average
Cary real estate or Cary rentals
A+ Cary Schools HS graduation rate is 15% higher than North Carolina
High school grad. rates
94%14% higher than the US average
School test scores
68%38% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
16:12% higher than the US average
Cary K-12 schools or Cary colleges

Living in Cary, NC

Located in the state of North Carolina, Cary is a medium-sized city with a population of 155,822 residents. The majority of Cary residents report their race to be White; this is followed by Asian and Black. If finding a family friendly city is important to you, look no further. With more than 83% of the population considered married and 49% with kids under the age of 18, Cary could be considered a very suitable city for families.

Are you trying to decide if living in Cary is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a great experience before relocating to any new city in North Carolina, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. Finding the best places to live in Cary and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes crime, weather, education, employment and other important metrics.

With a livability score of 86/100, Cary is ranked #301 in the United States and #4 in North Carolina. Compared to the United States average, Cary ranks among some of the best places to live in the country! Cary also ranks in the top 10 percent of all cities, which is no small feat! If we probe a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Cary has higher than average rankings for the following: amenities (A+), crime (A+), weather (B-), education (A+) and employment (B+). There is at least one category that does not have great scores in Cary. The following was graded with a disappointing score: cost of living (F).

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Cary on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Cary: The Umstead Spa, Fred G. Bond Metro Park, and Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve.

Low violent crime (murder, rape, robbery, assault) is a must for most people when searching for a new area to live. At 64 crimes per 100,000 residents, Cary has a violent crime rate that is far below the national average.

The average school test scores in Cary are 68%. This far exceeds the national average and ensures that this educational system will provide your children with the skills and the tools they need to thrive.

Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Cary is real estate affordability. Median real estate prices in Cary come in at $309,800, which is 97.2% higher than the North Carolina average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Cary, the home price to income ratio is 3.3, which is 0% lower than the North Carolina average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Cary area were 3.7% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 5.2%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

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Compare Cary, NC Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Cary, NC

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Five Points, Raleigh829.98,393
Wade, Raleigh827.98,992
Hillsborough, Raleigh808.114,634
Glenwood, Raleigh808.87,562
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
North, Raleigh7914.576,649
Six Forks, Raleigh7910.310,549
Northwest, Raleigh767.281,974
Central, Raleigh769.65,240

Best Cities Near Cary, NC

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Morrisville, NC88422,600
Apex, NC874.643,893
Cary, NC860155,822
Holly Springs, NC858.930,126
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Carrboro, NC8418.320,867
Wake Forest, NC8420.936,472
Fuquay-Varina, NC801322,722
Woodlawn, NC8035.2833

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I Love Kickboxing

The I Love Kickboxing gym in Cary NC is amazing!!! The trainers are skilled, motivating, and make me feel like even I can do it!!! The other gym members are a great community of support as well. I am looking forward to my next fun and challenging class...Bring it on!Oh ya, and Cary has been an awesome place for my husband (works in IT), myself (works in healthcare), and our 2 young children (tons of daycare options and a fantastic public school system)!!!
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Nice for NE for anyone else!

Comparing this area to Atlanta or any other city with tech jobs where there are suburbs with diversity and lots of retail..this place is horrible. Morrisvillem, next to RTP, is a 75% Indian community. There is a mass exodus of North-easterners to the area with 40+ moving here everyday so there is now an approved light-rail started. This growth has resulted in avg. of 30 acres of land destroyed daily. There must be over 200 apt. complexes in the RTP area and the rest 3 story condos and townhomes/patio homes in the $300k+ price range. The single family homes in Cary in the good school areas are over $500k and NONE of them have yards! None of the subdivisions have swim/tennis or playgrounds. There are no community pools or water parks so if your community does not have a pool(most do not) you are out of luck. Since CARY stands for "containment area for transplanted yankees", there are 2 Wegmans being built and 50-60% of the pop. is NE. The schools in Wake County cannot keep up with this growth so the elem/middle schools are a mix of year-round and traditional. If you get a year-round school in West Cary as we did, your child will be on 1 of 4 "tracks" with a schedule of 9 weeks on/3 weeks off on "track-outs" all year long. So every 9 wks. you have to find a "track-out" camp to send them to for about $200-400/wk if you work. If you have a child in middle school, they may be on a different "track" schedule. High schools are traditional since they cannot accommodate sports on this type of schedule. Then you have constant rezoning of schools every year. Our elem. school was zoned for Mills Park Middle and was rezoned for West Cary Middle the next yr. We would have not been happy had we purchased a home versus renting. In the RTP area you have 2 Target shopping centers and 1 movie theater....nothing else. Raleigh is a large town, not a city, so you do not have any ammenities for the 15-30 mile drive. No hospitals or access to healthcare either have an ER-plex in Brier Creek and in Apex. Not to mention the maddening planes overhead from RDU. You will not be happy here unless you are leaving a high cost of living area such as NYC or San Francisco. Singles will die of boredom here.
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The best city to live

I REALLY LOVE THIS PLACE AND I'M SUFFERING RIGHT NOW BECAUSE I HAVE TO GO DUE TO A JOB TRANFER. I HAVE BEEN HERE SINCE FEBRUARY 2009 AND I JUST FALL IN LOVE WITH THIS TOWN. I NEVER SAW AN UNIQUE BEAUTY AND CLEANNESS LIKE THE ONE THIS PLACE OFFERS. I also fall in love with the awsome people I met here that I'll never forget. A place where values such as respect and courtesy still present. I hope with all my heart that I can return with my family to live here again. I love you Cary NC And I'll never forget this place that was part of God's plan for my life. Where I lived the most beautiful moments of my life.
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Cary, North Carolina: The Best of Both Worlds

I moved to Cary ten years ago and find it a delightful place to live. Cary is a prosperous suburb with the largest retail shopping area in the state of North Carolina. A great attraction is Koka Booth Amphitheater in Regency Park. This beautiful outdoor venue is beside Symphony Lake, surrounded by towering pine trees. The city of Cary is home to the USA Baseball National Training Complex. Outstanding players come from across America to participate in the program. Every summer, the largest arts and craft show in the southeast fills the streets of our picturesque village-like downtown. Lazy Daze accepts only the finest craftsmen. They come from many states to display their wares.

To me, Cary is the best of both worlds. Living here provides the opportunity to enjoy a friendly, small-city type atmosphere, but also have the resources of the state capital nearby. State science, history, and art museums, fairgrounds, IMAX Theater, NC State University, and much more are only a few miles away.

Occasionally, the traffic can be heavy in Cary. Some mid-summer days are warmer than we prefer, but there is never a reason to be bored.
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