Once a small-town suburb, Cary has graduated to city size with a population of more than 162,000. Newcomers still find it a refuge from big-city life, since it claims a quaint, historic downtown and hometown parades. Residents also like having access to Cary’s large shopping centers — soon to include a Wegmans Food Market.

Located in the heart of the Triangle between Raleigh and Research Triangle Park, Cary hosts signature annual events such as the Spring Daze Arts and Crafts Festival in April and Lazy Daze Arts and Crafts Festival in August. In 2017, Cary was named the fourth best real estate market in the U.S. by WalletHub, and the 10th safest U.S. city in which to raise a child by SafeWise. Cary also ranked fourth on the National Council for Home Safety and Security’s 2018 list of “The Safest Cities in North Carolina.”

Town of Cary

316 N. Academy St., 919-469-4000

Population: 162,320

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