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Cary, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Cary is the 7th largest city in North Carolina with a population of 167,284 as of July 1, 2018. Cary ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in North Carolina. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Cary is located at latitude 35.7809 and longitude -78.8133 in Wake County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Cary (see map below) encompass a land area of 55.16 sq. miles and a water area of 1.09 sq. miles. Wake County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 495 feet.

While the primary coordinates for Town of Cary are located in Wake County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Chatham County.

The Town of Cary (GNIS ID: 2406229) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The Town of Cary is located within Township of Cary, a minor civil division (MCD) of Wake County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Cary: Pages Siding, Pages Tavern, Pages Turnout.

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Cary, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 167,284
Population in Households 167,005
Population in Familes 140,797
Population in Group Qrtrs 279
Population Density2 3,033
Diversity Index3 57


Median Household Income $101,762
Average Household Income $129,535
Per Capita Income $49,326


Total Housing Units 67,163 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 41,994 (62.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 20,994 (31.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 4,175 ( 6.2%)
Median Home Value $334,823
Average Home Value $375,180


Total Households 62,988
Average Household Size 2.65
Family Households 43,346
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 2.6% 2.34%
Households 2.39% 2.22%
Families 2.15% 2.12%
Median Household Income   0.85%
Per Capita Income   1.65%

Cary, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Cary to the other 739 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2018 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 7 99th
Population Density # 6 99th
Diversity Index # 247 67th
Median Household Income # 9 99th
Per Capita Income # 19 98th

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