Cary, North Carolina

The Concentrated Area of Relocated Yankees



Sunny Days: 213
47100 Affordability
95100 Schools
55100 Diversity
95100 Safety

The Best Thing About Cary?

Family Fun

The hopscotch square connecting Raleigh and Durham, many families in “The Triangle” elect to call Cary home, and for good reason. Cary is home to an education hub, and not just because Duke, NC State, and UNC are right next door. Cary public and private schools are highly rated, and Cary is consistently ranked one of the safest places to live in the country. With Raleigh and Durham both within driving distance, it’ll take you a while to run out of things to do with the kids as well.

A review from a local: I've moved all over the east coast and gulf states and it's a great place for family. As other people mentioned, huge tech influx, big healthcare systems, etc. Schools are generally pretty solid for the most part, but definitely do some research (really good public schools in Chapel Hill/Carrboro).

There's tons of greenways, trails, and parks. There's a pro hockey team (meh), minor league baseball team (go Bulls), Mountains 3-4 west, beach 2-3 hours east. I know you said restaurants not really your thing but we got some pretty good ones.

The Worst Thing About Cary?

No Family Less Fun

People without kids might be thinking about that driving distance from Raleigh and Durham more than others. There is next to nothing in town in terms of nightlife and entertainment, although most residents in Cary are just fine with that. While a beautiful residential area and arguably one of the best in the state, it’s important to know that it is little more than a residential area before making the move. Young professionals and SINKs and DINKs will likely prefer just living in Raleigh or Durham in the first place.

A note from a younger local on the issue with Cary: This is the big one for me: Cary lacks substance and style. There's very little to interest anyone in their 20's who isn't already building a family. It's like the entire town gave up on their creative youth and accepted that they were old and had kids, so they built everything around that demographic.

Lifestyle of Cary

Cary residents tend to be upper middle class and have a reputation for being transplants from the northeast… whether that’s a good or bad reputation is up for your interpretation. It’s a family town, with friendly people that are often as well manicured as the area around them. In addition to the family amenities mentioned previously, another major social hub in Cary revolves around the Country Clubs, with some of the best in the nation and a golf scene that is stuff of legend. The restaurants and breweries in Cary are also lauded as some of the best in the state.

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Why You Should Move Here Now?

It's the Schools, Stupid!

If you’re a family looking for a place to move in the Raleigh/Durham area, Cary should almost certainly be one of your top options. The combination of great safety scores, great public schools, and access to larger cities make Cary a poster child for the stereotypical American Dream.

Neighborhoods in Cary

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Young Professionals

Cary has historically been known as a suburb of Raleigh but that reputation is changing as the Downtown neighborhood grows and brings some commercial energy to the city. It’s a wonderful combination of historic homes and theaters and contemporary developments in the new Downtown Park and Cultural Arts Center. The area is filling up with restaurants, pubs and cafes and while it isn’t a large district like Raleigh, or collegiate like Chapel Hill, a young person can find plenty to do when they fell like staying close to home.

  • Downtown



Cary is one of the premier suburbs a family could choose with public schools that are among the best in the country. It’s hard to pick among the many neighborhoods to spotlight but let’s start with Preston. It was built around the Prestonwood Country Club with beautiful estate homes lining the fairways and blocks that surround the club. There are a variety of home styles and price points and all are served by great public schools. Cary Park is another great option. It has a neighborhood pool that serves as a community center of sorts during the warm months of the year. It also has homes on the lake, and its own commercial area with walkable restaurants and boutique shopping for the locals.

  • Preston
  • Cary Park
  • Highcroft
  • Copperleaf
  • The Reserve

Carolina Preserve


North Carolina in general and Cary in particular is hugely popular with retirees. The weather is wonderful and the costs are much lower than other areas of the country. Lots of people from Virginia and throughout the eastern seaboard moving here. Carolina Preserve at Amberly is a wonderful and typical 55+ planned community and beloved for its 35,000 square foot clubhouse, state-of-the-art fitness center, tennis and of course pickleball courts, indoor and outdoor pools and a dozen other activity spaces. Mixed with wonderful homes for independent living-style it’s a great place to start your search.

  • Carolina Preserve at Amberly
  • Corbinton at Kildaire Farm