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Cary, NC

The central North Carolina city of Cary is made up of some 122,000 residents living on about 44 square miles. It serves primarily as a suburb for nearby Raleigh but retains a strong sense of individual identity, billing itself as the "Technology Town of North Carolina" due to the number of high tech companies within city limits, its proximity to Research Triangle Park, and the wide availability of internet access in the city. CNN Money magazine has twice recognized the city as one of the top ten best places to live in the country, in 2004 and again in 2006.

Cary has seen staggering growth in recent years; the 2000 census put the population at 95,000, a figure that had ballooned to 112,000 in 2006 and that appears to have continued increasing since. This rate of expansion makes Cary the fifth-fastest growing city in the U.S.

Cary's population is also unusual in that more than half of its residents were born elsewhere, due in part to a tripling of the town's Asian population in the 1990s.

ECONOMY AND INDUSTRIES

The economy of Cary is among the most solid in the nation as only about 2 percent of families in Cary live under the poverty line. Household incomes have risen over recent years and the city boasts a home-ownership rate of nearly 73 percent.

Much of Cary's sunny economic situation and population growth has been driven by an influx of technology and software companies in the 1980s and 1990s, many of which are housed in the nearby Research Triangle Park. Major Cary employers include:

Other companies, including Cotton Incorporated, still serve as a link to the city's more traditional southern economic roots.

NEIGHBORHOODS AND DISTRICTS

Neighborhoods and districts of Cary accommodate around 36,000 houses, out of which more than 34,000 are occupied. Of the occupied houses, more than two-thirds are owner-occupied while renters occupy the rest. The median home price in Cary is significantly higher than that of the state.

Some of the city's notable residential neighborhoods include:

EDUCATION

Cary is part of the Wake County public school system, and offers 13 elementary schools, four middle schools, two high schools, and five private schools.

Wake Technical Community College, a two year university based in Raleigh, has a campus in southern Cary.

Nearby Raleigh also offers a number of higher learning opportunities, including:

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