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Overview

Introduction to Cary, North Carolina

Cary, North Carolina, in Wake county, is 8 miles W of Raleigh, North Carolina.The town is conveniently located inside the Raleigh - Durham - Chapel Hill metropolitan area.

Cary History

The present day town of Cary was originally known as Bradford's Ordinary. It was first settled in 1750. The area became a major transportation route when the North Carolina Railroad first entered the area in the mid 1800s. A farmer and lumberman from Wake County, Allison Francis "Frank" Page and his wife, Catherine "Kate" Raboteau Page, purchased the land in 1854 and named it Cary. It was named after Samuel Fenton Cary, a prohibitionist and former Ohio congressman. The town was officially incorporated on April 6, 1871. Page became the first mayor of Cary.

Cary and nearby Attractions

  • Fred G. Bond Metro Park
  • Page-Walker Hotel Arts & History Center
  • Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve
  • J.C. Raulston Arboretum
  • American Wildlife Refuge
  • Jordan Lake State Recreation Area

Things To Do In Cary

While staying in Cary, one can plan a trip to the Hemlock Bluffs State Natural Area. Fishing and boating can be enjoyed on the MacGregor Downs Lake, Hoffman Lake, and Holiday Acres Lake. Some of the local parks are the Annie L. Jones Park, Sears Farm Road Park, White Oak Park, MacDonald Woods Park, Fred G. Bond Metro Park, and North Cary Park. The Town of Cary organizes numerous annual events and festivals including the Art Quilt Show, Martin Luther King Jr. Dreamfest, and Spring Daze Arts & Crafts Festival.

Cary Transportation

Raleigh-Durham International Airport is nearby.

Cary Higher Education

Meredith College, Shaw University, and Wake Technical Community College are close to the town.

Demographics

People

Total Population159,715
Male Share of the Population49%
Female Share of the Population51%
Senior Citizens11.6%
Employed Population 16+83,559
Age of the Population39

Families

% of people married61.6%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher65.4%
Median Earnings25+$58,303
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$21,860
Median Earnings With High School Degree$30,129

Wealth

Median Family Income$117,304
% Above Poverty Level94.4%
% Below Poverty Level5.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time23 minutes
% Working from Home10.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.6%
% Using Public Transportation0.6%

Housing

People Living Alone22.9%
Median Gross Rent$1,133
Median House Value$323,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)35.2%
Irish11.3%
English10.8%
Italian6.5%
Polish2.8%
Scottish2.8%
French Except Basque2.1%
Russian1.5%
Swedish1.4%
Arab1.3%
Dutch1.1%
African1%
Welsh0.9%
Norwegian0.7%
Canadian0.6%
Greek0.5%
West Indian0.5%
Hungarian0.4%
Swiss0.4%
Egyptian0.4%
Danishn0.4%
Ukrainian0.4%
Lithuanian0.3%
Portuguese0.3%
Czech0.3%
Lebanese0.3%
Moroccan0.3%
Austrian0.3%
Romanian0.3%
Slovak0.3%
Iranian0.2%
Australian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Turkish0.1%
US/American0.1%
Haitian0.1%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Slovene0.1%
German0.1%
Icelander0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Ethiopian0.1%
South African0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
Latvian0.1%
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Cary Almanac

CategoryValue
County Wake County
Standard Zip Codes27511, 27513, 27518, 27519
P.O. Box Zip Codes27512
Phone Area Codes919
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude35.78
Approximate Longitude-78.79

Cary Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationRALEIGH STATE UNIV
Distance4.6 miles
Jan Temp30 to 49 F
Apr Temp48 to 71 F
Jul Temp69 to 88 F
Oct Temp49 to 70 F
Annual Precip46.4 inches
StationRALEIGH DURHAM AP
Distance5.2 miles
Jan Temp30 to 50 F
Apr Temp46 to 72 F
Jul Temp69 to 89 F
Oct Temp48 to 72 F
Annual Precip43 inches
StationCHAPEL HILL 2 W
Distance19 miles
Jan Temp27 to 49 F
Apr Temp45 to 71 F
Jul Temp66 to 89 F
Oct Temp45 to 71 F
Annual Precip47.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Apex45,899$114,862
Durham257,232$73,220
Garner28,048$71,753
Holly Springs31,827$108,908
Morrisville23,873$111,000
Raleigh449,477$77,839

Cary Hospitals

Wakemed Cary Hospital
(Non-profit)
1900 Kildaire Farm Rd.
(919) 350-2550

Cary Public Schools

Adams Elementary
805 Cary Towne Blvd
ZIP: 27511
(919) 460-3431
Primary
Total Enrollment 777
Briarcliff Elementary
1220 Pond St
ZIP: 27511
(919) 460-3443
Primary
Total Enrollment 626
Cary Elementary
400 Kildaire Farm Road
ZIP: 27511
(919) 460-3455
Primary
Total Enrollment 582
Cary High
638 Walnut St
ZIP: 27511
(919) 460-3549
High
Total Enrollment 2396
East Cary Middle
1111 Se Maynard Road
ZIP: 27511
(919) 466-4377
Middle
Total Enrollment 933
Farmington Woods Elementary
1413 Hampton Valley Rd
ZIP: 27511
(919) 460-3469
Primary
Total Enrollment 787
Triangle Math And Science Academy
312 Gregson Dr.
ZIP: 27511
(919) 388-0077
Primary
Total Enrollment 458
Cardinal Charter
1020 St. Charles Place
ZIP: 27513
(919) 653-5000
Primary
Total Enrollment 653
Kingswood Elementary
200 E. Johnson Street
ZIP: 27513
(919) 460-3481
Primary
Total Enrollment 415
Northwoods Elementary
8850 Chapel Hill Road
ZIP: 27513
(919) 460-3491
Primary
Total Enrollment 515
Reedy Creek Elementary
940 Reedy Creek Road
ZIP: 27513
(919) 380-3660
Primary
Total Enrollment 651
Reedy Creek Middle
930 Reedy Creek Road
ZIP: 27513
(919) 460-3504
Middle
Total Enrollment 829
Weatherstone Elementary
1000 Olde Weatherstone Way
ZIP: 27513
(919) 380-6988
Primary
Total Enrollment 910
West Cary Middle
1000 Evans Road
ZIP: 27513
(919) 460-3528
Middle
Total Enrollment 871
Penny Road Elementary
10900 Penny Rd
ZIP: 27518
(919) 387-2136
Primary
Total Enrollment 716
Alston Ridge Elementary
11555 Green Level Church Rd.
ZIP: 27519
(919) 544-2474
Primary
Total Enrollment 995
Carpenter Elementary
2100 Morrisville Parkway
ZIP: 27519
(919) 462-6780
Primary
Total Enrollment 727
Davis Drive Elementary
2151 Davis Drive
ZIP: 27519
(919) 387-2130
Primary
Total Enrollment 961
Davis Drive Middle
2101 Davis Drive
ZIP: 27519
(919) 387-3033
Middle
Total Enrollment 1322
Green Hope Elementary
2700 Louis Stephens Drive
ZIP: 27519
(919) 388-5270
Primary
Total Enrollment 883
Green Hope High
2500 Carpenter Upchurch Road
ZIP: 27519
(919) 380-3700
High
Total Enrollment 2380
Highcroft Elementary
5415 Highcroft Drive
ZIP: 27519
(919) 460-3527
Primary
Total Enrollment 964
Mills Park Elementary
509 Mills Park Dr
ZIP: 27519
(919) 466-1466
Primary
Total Enrollment 1013
Mills Park Middle
441 Mills Park Drive
ZIP: 27519
(919) 466-1500
Middle
Total Enrollment 1836
Panther Creek High
6770 Mccrimmon Parkway
ZIP: 27519
(919) 463-8656
High
Total Enrollment 2893
Turner Creek Elementary
6801 Turner Creek Road
ZIP: 27519
(919) 363-1391
Primary
Total Enrollment 704

Cary Private Schools

Heartwood Montessori School
112 Byrum St
ZIP: 27511
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 88
The Mariposa School
203 Gregson Dr
ZIP: 27511
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 42
Triangle Montessori Academy
540 E Chatham St
ZIP: 27511
Elementary
Total Enrollment 6
Cary Academy
1500 N Harrison Ave
ZIP: 27513
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 734
Cary Christian School
1330 Old Apex Rd
ZIP: 27513
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 798
Chesterbrook Academy - Preschool, Elem, & Middle
130 Towne Village Dr
ZIP: 27513
Elementary
Total Enrollment 112
Hopewell Academy
101 Preston Executive Dr
ZIP: 27513
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 40
Lucy Daniels Center For Early Childhood
9003 Weston Pkwy
ZIP: 27513
Elementary
Total Enrollment 16
St Michael The Archangel School
810 High House Rd
ZIP: 27513
Elementary
Total Enrollment 484
Resurrection Lutheran School
100 W Lochmere Dr
ZIP: 27518
Elementary
Total Enrollment 158
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