Cary, NC
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Cary is a larger medium-sized town located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 159,769 people and 33 constituent neighborhoods, Cary is the seventh largest community in North Carolina.

Cary home prices are not only among the most expensive in North Carolina, but Cary real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Cary is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 91.64% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Cary is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Cary who work in management occupations (16.37%), computer science and math (10.85%), and sales jobs (10.71%).

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 9.51% 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 town’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.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Cary, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Cary is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 62.75% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Cary in 2010 was $41,985, which is wealthy relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $167,940 for a family of four. However, Cary contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Cary is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. 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 English, Irish, Italian, and Polish.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Cary's cultural character, accounting for 20.14% of the town’s population.

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