Cary is the seventh largest municipality in North Carolina. Is located southwest of Raleigh with a population of about 140,000. It is known as a family-friendly town with excellent schools, restaurants, town parks, greenways and shopping. Cary was named "Top 100 Best Places to Live" by CNN in 2012, and in 2010 Cary was "Named Second Safest city by Population” in US with 100,000 to 500,000 by CQ Press. North Carolina’s Research Triangle area is one of the nation’s top relocation destinations for families and young professionals. It has a solid economic base with an enviable mix of high-technology, healthcare and finance companies along with top-tier educational institutions. Being in the middle of all this, the Town of Cary, NC, has grown into a progressive and vibrant community with a diverse population.
Cary is a scant 13 miles west of the state capital of Raleigh, 19 miles south of Durham, home of Duke University, and 22 miles southeast of Chapel Hill and the sprawling University of North Carolina campus. It has excellent connections with the surrounding areas through feeder roads and highways that link to Interstate 40. Cary is third largest municipality in the Triangle area and the seventh largest in North Carolina. In 2006, the U.S. Census Bureau ranked Cary as the second most populous among all incorporated towns in the nation. The population in 2012 was estimated at 145,693, all of whom live in urban-designated communities. This figure represents a 54 percent growth compared to 2000 population estimates.
Cary enjoys four distinct seasons, but winters are generally short and mild with temperatures averaging 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Summers are humid and warm with July temperatures averaging 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Town planners have been mindful of balancing public access and enjoyment with preservation of Cary’s green spaces. The town has 29 active and passive parks, featuring playgrounds, athletic facilities and picnic grounds. An extensive system of hiking and biking trails and over 65 miles of greenways provide many opportunities to enjoy the outdoors most of the year. For arts and culture buffs, the town has numerous galleries, including the Cary Arts Center, and live performance venues that stay booked all year.
Research Triangle Park, established in the 1950s, has successfully entrenched North Carolina’s Triangle Region as a hub for high-wage, knowledge-based enterprises. Cary’s strategic location and convenient access to and from world-class universities, healthcare facilities and recreational venues has added to its cachet as a desirable community to live and work. The growth of the Triangle Region as an economic and academic hub has trickled down to surrounding communities including Cary. While national chains of restaurants and stores are well represented here, homegrown businesses continue to thrive. The Triangle Food Tour is a guided walking tour that allows participants to sample the local fare and enjoy Cary’s sights and sounds. Downtown Cary hosts free concerts during the months of April, May, June, September and October while the Starlight Concert Series is held during the summer.
Money Magazine recognized Cary as the Hottest Town in the East in 2004. In the same year, Cary was recognized as one of six Hottest Towns in America. In 2006, the town placed sixth in a Money Magazine ranking for Best Small Cities in America. According to CQ Press, Cary is third safest place in a ranking of municipalities with populations between 100,000 to 499,000 in 2013. Also in 2013, Cary won the Google eCities Award for North Carolina, another indication of its robust economy and tech-linked businesses.
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