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Cary is the seventh largest municipality in North Carolina. It is situated in both Wake and Chatham counties. Located almost entirely in Wake County, it is the second largest municipality in that county and the third largest municipality in The Triangle after Raleigh and Durham. The town’s population was 135,234 as of the 2010 census (an increase of 43.1% since 2000), making it the largest town and seventh largest municipality statewide. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates the town’s population to be 159,769 as of July 1, 2015. Cary is currently the second most populous incorporated town (behind only Gilbert, Arizona) in the United States.

Cary was the 5th fastest growing municipality in the United States between September 1, 2006, and September 1, 2007. It is often considered one of the safest places to live in the US.

Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill make up the three primary metro areas of the Research Triangle metropolitan region even though today, Cary is the 3rd largest municipality in the metropolitan area. The regional nickname of “The Triangle” originated after the 1959 creation of the Research Triangle Park, primarily located in Durham County, four miles from downtown Durham. RTP is bordered on three sides by the city of Durham and is roughly midway between the cities of Raleigh and Chapel Hill, and three major research universities of NC State University, Duke University, and UNC-Chapel Hill.

Home Values

According to Zillow, the median home value in Cary is $364,400. Cary home values have gone up 4% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 3.4% within the next year. The median list price per square foot is $162, which is higher than the Raleigh Metro average of $138. Homes currently listed in Cary have a median price of $425,000, while the median rent in Cary is $1,600, which is higher than the Raleigh Metro median of $1,495.


Cary has tons of opportunities to get outdoors. It has many parks, playgrounds and trails. Jordan Lake is a short drive away if you’re interested in boating and camping.

The downtown area has undergone a facelift in the last couple years, adding new businesses and restaurants for entertainment and shopping. It’s home to several breweries and many restaurants offer outdoor seating. Many festivals, food truck rodeos and family-friendly events are held throughout the year.

Cary is located between Raleigh and Durham, within close proximity to museums, bars and concerts.