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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 171,181 as of July 1, 2019. 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 35.7915 and longitude -78.7811 in Wake County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Cary 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, 2019)

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX

Cary, NC Housing Affordability Index is 148
State of North Carolina Housing Affordability Index is 140
The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.

WEALTH INDEX

Cary, NC Wealth Index is 164
State of North Carolina Wealth Index is 84
The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

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POPULATION

Total Population 171,181 (100%)
Population in Households 170,902 (99.8%)
Population in Families 143,237 (83.7%)
Population in Group Quarters1 279 ( 0.2%)
Population Density 2,988
Diversity Index2 58
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $105,067
Average Household Income $132,587
Per Capita Income $50,823
Wealth Index4 164

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 69,464 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 44,132 (63.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 20,742 (29.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 4,590 ( 6.6%)
Median Home Value $352,510
Housing Affordability Index3 148
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 64,874
Average Household Size 2.63
Family Households 44,481
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2019 2019-2024
Population 2.49% 2.19%
Households 2.38% 2.12%
Families 2.11% 2.02%
Median Household Income   1.6%
Per Capita Income   1.91%

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, 2019 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 # 233 69th
Median Household Income # 13 98th
Per Capita Income # 27 96th

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