Cary, IL
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Living in Cary


Cary is a medium-sized village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 18,067 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Cary is the 140th largest community in Illinois.

Cary real estate is some of the most expensive in Illinois, although Cary house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Unlike some villages where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Cary is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Cary is a village of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Cary who work in management occupations (12.76%), office and administrative support (12.03%), and sales jobs (10.80%).

Also of interest is that Cary has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

A relatively large number of people in Cary telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.20% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Because of many things, Cary is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Cary a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The village’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Cary has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Cary’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

In Cary, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 32.65 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

Despite being a small village, Cary has a lot of people using the train to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the train are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.

The citizens of Cary are among the most well-educated in the nation: 44.59% of adults in Cary have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Cary in 2018 was $41,277, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $165,108 for a family of four.

Cary is a somewhat ethnically-diverse village. The people who call Cary home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Cary residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Cary include German, Irish, Polish, Italian, and English.

The most common language spoken in Cary is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Polish.