The town of Cary began as a small settlement called “Bradford’s Ordinary.” Little is known about Bradford, or why the settlement was ordinary, but before long it became a major stop on the railroad route between New Bern and Hillsborough which were the two centers of North Carolina’s political life during the Revolutionary War period. Developer Frank Page named the town in 1854 and it was incorporated in 1871.
In 1970 there were just over 7,000 people living in Cary. By 1980, with the development of the Research Triangle Park (RTP) campus adjacent to Cary, the population had multipled to nearly 22,000 and in 2010 over 135,000 people made Cary their home.
Life in Cary
Cary’s suburban life and easy access to employment centers like RTP have driven its explosive success and popularity (Cary was named #23 in 2010’s Money Magazine’s 100 Best Places to Live). Cary boasts one of the highest per capita incomes in the state (the median family income is over $75,000), and one of the lowest crime rates.
The Koka Booth ampitheater offers plenty of concerts and activities for the entire family, and downtown Cary offers two arts festivals every year (Spring Daze and Lazy Daze). The town’s Bond Park offers an oasis of over 310 acres and includes a community center and athletic fields, and hosts family events throughout the year.
Cary was recently ranked as one of the best places in the US to retire, and over the past few years several retirement communities have been built in Cary and others are on the drawing board.
Except for a handful of homes near the old downtown, most Cary neighborhoods are planned subdivisions and 60% of the housing stock was built between 1970 and 1994. Many neighborhoods offer swim facilities and playgrounds which appeal to families with children.
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