From the Town of Cary:

As of January 1, 2019, Cary, was approximately 60 square miles with a population of 166,080 citizens. Our population growth rate was approximately a 2.5% increase over the last 12 months, which is consistent with Cary’s 2.4% growth rate of the last five years. We are the 7th largest municipality in the state and the 2nd largest town in the nation. Our citizens enjoy the highest quality of life with the lowest tax rate in Wake County.

Cary continues to be recognized nationally with dozens of accolades. Recently, Money Magazine named Cary its 5th best place to live in the country. And we remain one of the safest communities in the nation. Other accolades include:

  • #9 Safest city in America, Cary, SmartAsset
  • #6 Best Place to Live in America, Cary, HomeSnacks
  • #4 Most Livable Mid-Sized City in the U.S., Cary, SmartAsset
  • #3 Most internet-connected municipality in U.S., Cary, NDIA
  • #3 Best Midsize Real-Estate Market, Cary, WalletHub
  • #1 Best North Carolina City for Income Equality, Cary, American Community Survey
  • #25 City Where Millennials Are Buying Homes, Cary, SmartAsset
  • #2 Healthiest Housing Market in North Carolina, Cary, SmartAsset 
  • #13 Best Soccer City in America, Cary, WalletHub
  • #14 Safest City for Drivers, Cary, Allstate 
  • Umstead Ranked #1 Hotel in North Carolina, Cary, U.S. News & World Report
  • #7 Best Big City for Jobs, Raleigh-Cary MSA, Forbes