Livability

Education

In Cary, fostering a lifelong appreciation of learning means educational, workforce and career opportunities for our future.

Part of the nationally recognized Wake County Public School System, Cary's schools benefit from an environment that emphasizes and values education — on the family, corporate and community level. Cary offers schools that operate both on the traditional calendar as well as a year-round format, and have active parent-teacher organizations, corporate support and exciting extracurricular activities. The Wake County Public School System is comprised of 169 schools, and in Cary alone, there are four high schools, five middle schools and 17 elementary schools.

Cary also enjoys the advantage of proximity to some of the nation's top universities, including Duke University, North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as numerous well-regarded local colleges. All in all, area institutions have an enrollment of nearly 200,000 students — each with diverse backgrounds and bright futures.

Entertainment

Raleigh is the capital of North Carolina and the second largest city in the state. Located 15 minutes from Cary, Raleigh is home to the Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts; art, history and science museums; and Glenwood South, a hip residential and culinary district that attracts young adults. The Town of Cary's Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department has been nationally accredited since 2002, and Cary is a designated North Carolina Fit Community. With more than 20 public parks, a greenway system of six park trails, 11 greenway trails, three special-use facilities and eight staffed facilities, Cary residents find leisure in a number of physical activities.

A variety of family-friendly activities are regularly held at Koka Booth Amphitheatre and Sertoma Amphitheatre at Bond Park such as "Movies by Moonlight" and various outdoor summer concerts.

Healthcare

Every year, thousands of people travel to the Triangle for some of the world's best medical care. Fortunately for our residents, Cary is located just minutes away from these noted hospitals and medical facilities. Our residents are served directly by Cary's full-service 156-bed WakeMed Cary Hospital, offering the warmth of a community hospital with the expertise of a regional medical center. Among its offerings are 24-hour emergency care, a birthing facility, day surgery and operative services, cardiopulmonary services, imaging and outpatient rehabilitation.

Also within a short drive of Cary are a host of other top medical centers, including UNC Hospitals, Rex Hospital and Duke University Medical Center.

The Triangle boasts progressive medical-devices, pharmaceutical and clinical research companies, along with our top research and teaching hospitals, ensuring that residents have access to the very latest in techniques and treatments.

Residential

Cary has repeatedly ranked among the top locations in North Carolina and the country to start a business, buy a house, raise a family and retire. Here, cultural, medical and infrastructure offerings of a big city meet the safety and friendliness of a tight-knit community.

Cary offers a diversity of housing options, including large-lot single-family dwellings, townhomes, condominiums and high-end apartments that attract 60-plus people a day to the area. The average value on a single-family home is $314,400.

Safety

The Safest City in North Carolina. The Safest City in the Southeast. The Third Safest City in America. Cary has received many accolades. But what do they mean for your business?

It means we're dedicated to creating an environment where our residents feel secure. It means that in the event of an emergency, we have progressive and nationally accredited fire and police departments and federally certified ambulance service. It means that our citizens take a personal stand against crime with events like Cary's National Night Out, our award-winning annual crime and drug-abuse-prevention event.

Cary's Neighbors

Cary is surrounded by a variety of small towns and big cities, all of which have their own charm and must-see spots.

Raleigh is the capital of North Carolina and the second largest city in the state. Located 15 minutes from Cary, Raleigh is home to the Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts, art, history and science museums; and Glenwood South, a hip residential and culinary district that attracts young adults. Raleigh is known for hosting various cultural events such as the International, Greek, and Native American Festivals. Around the holidays, the streets of downtown are packed for the Christmas and St. Patrick's Day parades.

Durham is best known for being home to Duke University and the Durham Performing Arts Center, and has undergone many changes in the last few years. Durham has worked hard to preserve its history of being a leading tobacco hub, and many old factories have been turned into restaurants and shops. The art culture is also very strong in Durham, which attracts jazz and blues concerts and a variety of film festivals. Durham naturally draws in a large number of sports fans who attend Duke Blue Devils basketball and Durham Bulls baseball games.

Chapel Hill and Carrboro are known for their strong support of the local university, UNC Chapel Hill, and their vibrant music scene. Some of these venues include Cat's Cradle, a nationally known music club, Local 506 and The Cave, which have all hosted a variety of alternative and popular recording artists, along with music festivals. Chapel Hill has been crowned "America's Foodiest Small Town" and visitors should be sure to stop by A Southern Season, Foster's Market and Sutton's Drug Store for a root beer float.

Morrisville is located mid-way between Raleigh and Durham and only extends a little over eight square miles. In this town, you will find portions of the historic North Carolina Railroad, along with six community parks. The town is a very family-friendly and diverse community.

Apex is known as one of the most intact railroad towns in the state. It is nestled right between Cary and Holly Springs and is about 15 minutes away from Raleigh. Apex has grown a lot within the last few years, adding sizable shopping centers along U.S. 64 and Highway 55, but has not lost its small-town charm. Downtown Apex is home to family-friendly festivals such as the Peak City Pig Fest, and with national rankings for best places to live, the town lives up to its motto: "The Peak of Good Living."