Cary, NC
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Cary is a larger medium-sized town located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 162,320 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 91.96% 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 (17.02%), computer science and math (11.12%), and sales jobs (10.68%).

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 10.25% 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.

Cary is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Cary’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Cary is somewhat unusual for a town of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Cary area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

If knowledge is power, Cary is a pretty powerful place. 64.18% of the adults in Cary have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Cary in 2010 was $43,925, which is wealthy relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $175,700 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.

Cary also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 20.06%.

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