Cary repeatedly ranks among the top locations in North Carolina and the country to start a business, buy a house, raise a family and retire.

U.S. City Where Millennials are buying homes

- SmartAsset, 2020

Median price of single family home

- realtor.com, Feb 2023

Average Rent for 1-bedroom apartment

- Rent.com, April 2023

Cary grew from 7,640 residents in 1970 to more than 180,000 today. Although the town has experienced rapid growth in population, particularly in the last decade, it has maintained its charm and community pride.

More than 60 people move to Wake County every day. Cary offers them a range of housing options, including  large-lot single-family dwellings, townhomes, condominiums, and high-end apartments. There are almost 65,000 housing units in Cary. About 75 percent of the housing is single-unit, with 25 percent multi-unit. Occupancy rate is 95 percent, with 68 percent owner-occupied. According to Applied Geographic Solutions and GIS Planning 2022, 78 percent of residents are homeowners and 22 percent are renters.

Cary is dedicated to creating an environment where residents feel safe. In fact, Cary is ranked as the safest city in America. We have progressive and nationally accredited fire and police departments and a federally certified ambulance service. Cary citizens take a personal stand against crime with events like Cary’s National Night Out, our award-winning annual crime- and drug-abuse prevention event.