Cary's own urban vibe keeps the city electric and exciting.

Welcome to Cary

An outdoorsy community with top schools and wonderful neighborhoods.
Cary, North Carolina, is a vibrant suburb with more than 169,000 residents. Though considered part of the greater Raleigh metropolitan area, Cary's own urban vibe keeps the city electric and exciting. At the same time, Cary has a tight-knit hometown atmosphere with high rankings in job opportunities and schools. The population grows yearly as more people discover the incredible benefits of living here. Only a couple of hours from the beach and the mountains, Cary feels at the center of everything. Residents love the classic Americana exhibited in the residential architecture around town.
Cary is full of lovely neighborhoods, like Amberly and Cary Park, that invite residents to get outside and enjoy the splendor of the seasons. Cary’s many parks and walking trails are the perfect places to be one with nature. Wake County has some of the best public schools in the state, and though Raleigh is only 12 miles away, Cary offers residents just as much diversity in dining, shopping, and entertainment.

What to Love

  • 20 minutes from Raleigh
  • Proximity to beach and mountains
  • Over two dozen parks and 30 scenic trails
  • Top schools like Cary Academy

Local Lifestyle

Locals love Cary for its mix of urban and suburban energy. With a thriving job market and first-rate schools, Cary is an excellent place for individuals and families looking to relocate. Temperate year-round weather and an abundance of green spaces only aid the city’s growing popularity.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Cary is home to some exceptional restaurants, with Bosphorous taking the prize for one of the best in town. The Turkish eatery on North Harrison is loved for its casual atmosphere and unbeatable flavors. There’s also Herons, a chic and intimate American joint within the Umstead Hotel and Spa. La Farm Bakery, meanwhile, is one of the best places in town for authentic French and American fare, including a selection of pastries and coffees.
For entertainment, Cary has a few local theaters. The Cary Theater is a historic venue that screens films, hosts festivals, and puts on live performances, or there’s the Cary Players Community Theatre Company and the Cary Arts Center. The Koka Booth Amphitheater is one not to miss, located in Regency Park and putting on multiple outdoor performances each season.
When it comes to shopping, it’s hard to beat the Parkside Shopping Center, a spacious open-air mall with a bowling alley and a movie theater in addition to more than 55 shops, restaurants, and services. Fenton is another top mall in town, with retailers like Lululemon and Williams Sonoma from which to choose.

Things to Do

Cary is known for its community festivals and events, starting with the Spring Daze Arts and Crafts Festival in Bond Park. More than 170 artists take part to showcase the range of creativity that exists within the North Carolina community. Further along in the summer, Cary hosts a similar event. The Lazy Daze Arts and Crafts Festival welcomes all to downtown Cary for a weekend of live entertainment, local food vendors, and, of course, arts and crafts. Festival in the West is another community event that presents local artists and vendors, invites residents to participate in fun activities and contests, and has a corral and petting zoo for kids to enjoy.
Sporting events can be enjoyed at the USA Baseball National Training Complex, or residents can take part in their sport of choice, from hiking the trails or playing a round of tennis at a local park or spending a day at any of Cary’s nearby golf courses. There’s the Lochmere Golf Club south of town, the Prestonwood Country Club, and the Macgregor Downs Country Club, to name only a few.


The Wake County Public School System serves Cary. Exceptional schools include:

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