CARY

One of Raleigh’s most popular suburbs is where luxury living meets small town charm.

Welcome to Cary

Cary embraces the best of city-living, without surrendering its small-town soul.
 
Landscaped neighborhoods, tree-lined lanes, and bustling sidewalks. Cary’s small-town charm is showcased through weekly live music, spirited local sports, and idyllic public green spaces simply put, this city could’ve been scripted. However, don’t let this district’s humble attitude fool you. This Raleigh suburb is quickly becoming one of the fastest-growing cities in the Southeast. Cary’s booming businesses, top-rated schools, and prime positioning minutes from Downtown Raleigh, Durham, and the RTP have contributed to a recent rise in relocation from across the US.
 

What To Expect:

Suburban peace of mind and urban ease of access.
 
Cary, one of Raleigh’s most popular suburbs, is where luxury living and endless leisure meet. Buyers can expect to see contemporary communities, alongside historic neighborhoods each charming in their own ways. The homes are chic, the neighborhoods are connected and public parks are on every corner. Annual events like the Dragon Boat Festival, Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival, and Winter Wonderland at Bond Park delight locals and visitors alike.
 

The Lifestyle:

Work hard, and play harder. A booming brewery culture, concerts at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, and countless community events keep your calendar full.
 
Daily groceries are a quick trip down the road, and Downtown cafés like Esteamed Coffee offer the perfect feel-good pick-me-up Cary is convenient. Home to the USA Baseball National Training Complex and National soccer teams, North Carolina FC + NC Courage - Cary is cool. Ranked by Money Magazine among the “Best Small Cities in America”, and consistently named in the “Top 10 Safest Cities in the US” by the SafeWise organization - Cary is secure. Life here prioritizes easy-going attitudes and sweet serendipity.
 

Unexpected Appeal:

Exciting retail destinations from local community markets to alfresco shopping centers offer a never-ending selection of daily essentials and exclusive luxuries.
 
Large shopping destinations dominate the Cary district, boasting buyer-friendly specialty stores and larger retail chains alike. Neighborhood shopping centers like Central Cary’s Tryon Village or Fenton offer accessible daily essentials thanks to networks of walkable greenway trails connected directly to chic residential communities. Looking for something larger? Alfresco escapes like the Cary Crossroad and Waverly Place offer work and play in the best way! From running errands at Target to catching a flick at CMX Cinebistro, a fun day in Cary is never far.
 

The Market:

Luxury custom homes, chic renovations, and contemporary new developments connect buyers with community offerings, top-notch education, and accessible green space.
 
Luxury custom homes from striking estates to mid-century modern creations make up some of Cary’s most coveted communities including Preston, Lochmere, and MacGregor Downs. These neighborhoods curate a country-club-inspired lifestyle boasting endless accessibility, natural lakes, and community amenities ranging from post pools to golf greens! Growing neighborhoods like Regency and Cary Park are sought after for their family-friendly appeal and contemporary yet comfortable selection of single-family homes, townhomes, and condos.
 

You'll Fall In Love With:

Small-town spirit meets big-city offerings making life here a breeze on which locals and visitors alike are invited to get Cary’s away.
 
Walkability and an emphasis on winding down. A darling Downtown hosts community favorites like the Cary Arts Center, La Farm Bakery, and Di Fara Pizza, painting a picturesque portrait of NC life. Looking to escape the city? Cary boasts 85 miles of greenways and an expansive collection of more than 3,000 acres of parks, green space, and community gathering centers. From forging your own trail at the Symphony Lake Greenway to lounging in the greenery at Fred G Bond Metro Park, life in Cary is a walk in the park.

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.

53
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 Cakes Paradise, Karma Foods, and World In Motion Dance Movement & Music Center.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 2.93 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $$ 2.93 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.43 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.26 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.22 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.69 miles 5 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

18-24:

18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

65-74:

65-74 Years

75+:

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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Without Children:

Marital Status

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Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
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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