1. Cary, not Cary City, is your new hometown.
It’s nice to live in a small town, particularly when it retains the urban feel of a city. You can always tell you’re coming “into town” to do your shopping, and there’s even a town hall there. It’s like having the best of both worlds.
2. Cary Is More Of A “Bedroom Community” Cary Is More Of A “Bedroom Community”
What does it mean to live in a bedroom community? It’s primarily a commuter town. It’s a place where people sleep, but because they work in neighboring cities, that’s all they do. The counties in Cary’s case are Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, so their commutes aren’t too long.
3. And a “Concentrated Area of Relocated Yankees” of sorts.
Cary is known for attracting Yankees from other parts of the country, and the running joke is that Cary stands for “Concentrated Area of Relocated Yankees.” Only about a third of Cary’s residents were born here, but it’s not just Yankees who love it. Almost 20% of the attendees were from outside the country. It’s a bit like a secret melting pot.
4. Not to mention America’s Safest Town
Isn’t that a big claim? Cary, on the other hand, will back it up. Cary is consistently ranked as one of the safest cities to live in both regionally and nationally, with the FBI naming it the city with the lowest total crime rate in America among all cities with populations of 100,000 to 500,000 people in 2013. I warned you.
5. You’ve Stepped Into A Professional Sports Battleground
Cary, an NCAA Championship City, is home to the Cary Tennis Park, the USA Baseball National Training Complex, and the WakeMed Soccer Park. By hosting dozens of tournaments, they have earned a reputation as an amateur sports Mecca. Cary has hosted 18 NCAA championships and 29 ACC tournaments, with more on the way.
6. The Triangle Attracts Work From Nearby Research Triangle Park is one of the country’s largest.
What is the significance of this to Cary? Jobs are available. There are currently 39,000 people employed in the park by far too many high-tech firms to list here. And, according to a new master development plan released in 2012, there will be enough space for over 100,000 more workers.
7. In fact, this location is thriving.
Cary’s population has increased by 20,000 in just the last five years! People (not just Yankees) flock to this town in droves because of all the jobs in the Triangle, all the wonderful educational opportunities (stay tuned for those), and the safety factor.
8. Your Children Are Smarter Than Cary’s
Because more than 60% of Cary residents have a bachelor’s degree or higher, the public schools in the city must evoke a genuine passion for learning. To put things in perspective, the rest of the world has just under 30% of people with a bachelor’s degree.
9. In One Day, You Can Travel From The Beach To The Mountains
Cary is just a short drive from Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, but that’s not all. Within a couple of hours’ driving, you can be lying on the beach, or turn around and go hiking in the mountains.
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10. Everyone in Cary is high on caffeine.
Of course, all of that activity, education, and work necessitate a lot of coffee consumption. There are many local coffee shops with a variety of atmospheres where you can enjoy a delicious cup of joe. Crema Coffee & Bakery, It’s a Grind Coffee House, Fresca Cafe and Gelato, Java Jive, Gather, Coffee & Crepes, and others are among the options. You’ll have no trouble finding organic, fair-trade, and environmentally friendly coffee. Although the coffee addiction is unsurprising, given that…
11. Cary Is A College Town But Isn’t A College Town
You’re in luck if you’re looking for a great place to further your education. Many residents relocate to Cary because of its proximity to prestigious universities such as North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Duke University.
12. At Bosphorus, the food will make you swoon.
Cary has a lot of great restaurants, but Bosphorus’s Turkish-Mediterranean cuisine is to die for. It’s not just the best in Cary; it’s also the best in the Triangle. Their hummus, grape leaves, and tabouli are among the best you’ll ever taste, and their lamb kofta and baklava are works of art. You are now welcome to bring in your own bottles of wine at no additional cost.
13. Everyone in Cary goes for a workout outside…
Do you enjoy hiking, biking, jogging, or long walks in a beautiful setting? Cary has 70 miles of recreational amenities and 36 greenway trails that are open from sunrise to sunset. Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve also has the Stevens Nature Center.
14. To Say Nothing of Everything Else
Cary has gone above and beyond to create some stunning outdoor spaces for people to enjoy. There are 29 park areas, including Bond Park, which is 310 acres and has a boating lake. You’ll always find a spot for a summer picnic, quiet reflection, a relaxing afternoon on the water, or even letting your best furry friend run around off-leash.
15. Every day, Cary becomes more bike-friendly.
All of the city’s greenways are great for biking, but Cary residents are making it even better for cyclists by installing wide outside road lanes, striped bike lanes, official cycling routes, and multi-use trails. Don’t let all of your efforts go to waste.
16. It’s also simple to find nutritious food.
With four farmers’ markets in town, it’s easy to get fresh and healthy food in Cary. Perhaps a cooking or gardening demonstration will take place. Join a local CSA to get fresh produce delivered to your door.
17. As a result, everyone in Cary appears to be in great shape.
You’ll soon notice that the majority of Cary residents are physically fit. They’re known for their love of running, jogging, biking, and yoga. And it’s not just me who thinks so. The Raleigh-Cary area was ranked #15 among America’s fittest cities by the American College of Sports Medicine in 2013.
18. When you want to splurge, go to La Farm Bakery.
The cranberry chocolate bread, walnut sage bread, and unbelievable sourdough are all worth trying. The best croissants, scones, and pastries in Cary can be found at La Farm Bakery. They serve delicious other dishes as well but don’t leave without trying the white chocolate mini-baguette.
19. And everyone goes to Booth Amphitheater for a good time.
Everyone in Cary eventually ends up here, but only because this is where all the action takes place. Concerts by well-known artists, the Hob Knob jazz series, the NC Symphony, and even summer outdoor movies on the grass are all available. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and relax while taking in the scenery.
20. Hear Them Roar! They’re Cary Women!
Women in Cary who want to make a difference are in good business. In 2013, NerdWallet ranked Raleigh-Cary as one of the top ten cities for female entrepreneurs. There are also numerous networks, classes, and resources available to help women become inspired.
21. Thank you for visiting The Perfect Place To Call Home.
Regardless of accolades, education, attractions, art, or culinary prowess, Cary is simply a lovely place to live, and the residents are aware of it. You’ll probably figure it out pretty quickly once you arrive.