Cary, North Carolina, United States

Economy | Notable businesses | Economy : Top employers | Public transit | Intercity rail | Bicycle | Pedestrian | Air transit | Freeways | Health | Utilities | Smart city technology

🇺🇸 Cary is a town in Wake County and Chatham County, North Carolina. Cary is part of the Raleigh-Cary, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area. Cary is Wake County's second-largest municipality, the seventh-largest in North Carolina, and the 150th largest in the United States.

Cary began as a railroad town, and became known as an educational centre in the late 19th and early 20th centuries; Cary High School was the first state-funded public high school in North Carolina. The creation of the nearby Research Triangle Park in 1959, resulted in Cary's population doubling every decade from 1950 to 2000. Cary is now the location of technology and manufacturing companies, including the largest privately held software company in the world.

In Cary, 68.4% of adults hold a bachelor's degree or higher, which is higher than the state average. In 2021, Cary was identified as the safest mid-sized city in the United States, based on 2019 FBI data. Cary also has a median household income of $107,463, higher than the county average of $83,567 or the state average of $56,642.

Economy According to the 2020 Census, the median income in Cary is $106,304 or $57,341 per capita. The percentage of Cary's residents living in poverty is 4.4%, and just 6.3% of its population under the age of 65 lacked health insurance. Between 2015 and 2019, the median value of owner-occupied houses in Cary was $356,400. The home ownership rate (owner-occupied housing units to total units) is 68.4%. However, there are growing concerns about Cary's lack of affordable housing. Over the past twenty years, Cary has added 10,000 jobs earning $35,000 or less; however, the cost of housing has increased significantly. The Town of Cary says that less than 20% of its own employees can afford to live in the town. The median rental costs in Cary is $1,246 per month.

The cost of living in Cary is rated at 115, with 100 being the national average.

Notable businesses Notable technology companies located in Cary include ABB, Epic Games, Garmin, HCL Technologies, IntelliScanner Corporation, Lockheed Martin 3D Solutions, SAS Institute, and Xerox.

Manufacturers located in Cary include Austin Foods/Kellogg's which makes snack foods, and Lord Corporation which makes adhesives, coatings, and motion management devices for aerospace and automobiles. Cotton Incorporated is a non-profit located in Cary which conducts world-wide research and promotes the use of cotton.

Economy: Top employers According to the Cary's 2021 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the town are: 1 SAS Institute; 2 MetLife; 3 Verizon; 4 Siemens Healthineers; 5 HCL Technologies; 6 Town of Cary; 7 Precision Walls; 8 Global Knowledge Training; 9 American Airlines Reservation Center; 10 ABB; 10 Austin Quality Foods/Kellogg's.

Public transit Public transit within the town is provided by GoCary, with six fixed-routes. There is a door-to-door service for the senior citizens (60+) and riders with disabilities. GoTriangle operates fixed-route buses that serve the Wake County and connect to Go transit systems in Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. All GoCary buses are fare-free through June 2022 as part the CARES Act.

Intercity rail Amtrak's Silver Star, Carolinian, and Piedmont passenger trains stop at the Cary Station, providing service to Charlotte, New York City, Miami, and intermediate points. Built in 1995 and expanded in 2011, the station includes 130 free parking spaces.

Bicycle In 2010, the League of American Bicyclists designated Cary as one of the fourteen recipients of the first Bicycle-Friendly Community awards for "providing safe accommodation and facilities for bicyclists and encouraging residents to bike for transportation and recreation". Cary maintains over 200 miles of bike-friendly road and greenways facilities. In addition, U.S. Bicycle Route 1 (Carolina Connector) and N.C. Bicycle Route #2, (Mountains to Sea), both pass through suburban Cary.

Pedestrian Cary maintains a network of 80 mi (130 km) of greenways, sidewalks, and trails that connect neighborhoods and parks throughout the town. There are requirements on environmental conditions of greenways to preserve a park-like atmosphere. Standard sidewalks and paths exist throughout the town. The 23 mi (37 km) American Tobacco Trail, built on a retired section of railroad, passes through parts of Cary.

Air transit The Raleigh-Durham International Airport is north of Cary, and covers more than 35 nonstop destinations with twelve carriers. RDU served nearly 8.8 million passengers in 2021. This is down from pre-COVID 14.2 million passengers a year in 2019.

Freeways Cary is linked to areas both in and out of N.C. via the east–west running Interstate 40, the north–south running U.S. 1, and the east–west running U.S. 64. State highways in Cary include NC 54, NC 55. NC 147. NC 540, and NC 751. A primary road within the town is Cary Parkway.

Health Cary has many choices for primary care physicians, from alternative medicine to practices that are connected to Duke University Health System, UNC Medical Center, UNC Rex Healthcare, and WakeMed. WakeMed Cary Hospital, a full-service hospital with 208 acute care beds, in also located in Cary.

Utilities Duke Energy provides electricity for Cary. Dominion Energy has provided natural gas to Cary since 2019, when it acquired the Public Service Company of North Carolina. Cary's primary water source is Jordan Lake, which is treated at the Cary/Apex Water Treatment Facility. The North Carolina Division of Water Resources oversees the allocation of water to Cary. When demand exceeds capacity, Cary purchases water from Durham. Water and sewage accounts are overseen by the Town of Cary. Cary also provides curbside recycling.

Smart city technology In 2016, Cary created its Simulated Smart City Program which allows the town to test and evaluate Internet of Things (IoT) and smart city technologies in its town hall campus. Technologies already tested and expanded into the community include in sensors for public parking that reveal available spots, smart street lights that dim when not needed, smart trash and recycling containers that message when they are full, and free outdoor Wi-Fi via beacons. The first town-wide IoT project was a smart water monitoring system with analytics from SAS which can detect leaks; this system is projected to save $10 million over the cost of its installation. The National Recreation and Park Association noted, "These technologies offer more than just cost savings for the city of Cary. They also provide convenient quality-of-life improvements for citizens, and in many cases help lower environmental waste". Cary and SAS also collaborated on an IoT stormwater flood alert system, winning the 2020 IDC Smart Cities North American Awards (Smart Water Category) and the 2020 Government Innovation Award (Leveraging IoT for Increased Flood Protection).

In 2021, Cary installed IoT and smart city technologies that give emergency vehicles faster access though pedestrian crossings, railroad crossings, school zones, and traffic lights. This is the first citywide system like this in North Carolina. Paid for by the town with a matching grant from the U.S Department of Transportation, this project involved fifteen pedestrian crossings, 100 school safety beacons, 205 traffic signals, and railroad crossings. Residents can also take advantage of this technology by adding the pre-existing TravelSafely® app to their smartphone, providing connections to the town's traffic control devices and other users such as pedestrians or cyclists.

In late 2021, Cary announced a new tech-focused Center of Excellence that brings together the town, SAS, and Semtech Corporation to create new community services and expand the digital infrastructure. Connected World says, "In the quest for developing smarter cities across the country, …the town of Cary, N.C., is one of the smartest towns in the United States…".

Cary, North Carolina, United States 

Cary has a population of over 170,282 people. Cary also forms part of the wider Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill metropolitan area which has a population of over 2,030,000 people. Cary is the #349 hipster city in the world, with a hipster score of 2.1941 according to the Hipster Index which evaluates and ranks the major cities of the world according to the number of vegan eateries, coffee shops, tattoo studios, vintage boutiques, and record stores.

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