Cary, North Carolina Town Profile (Town of Cary) :
Cary is a thriving community in the heart of the Triangle area of North Carolina, between Raleigh and renowned Research Triangle Park. The Triangle area repeatedly has ranked among the top regions in the country to live or work, to find a home or start a business, to raise a family or retire.
On the whole, Caryites are a blessed, hard-working group with one of the highest median household incomes in the state. And being no further than 20 minutes from major universities such as Duke, North Carolina State, and the University of North Carolina, it's no wonder that education is an important part of Cary life. More than two-thirds of adults hold a college degree. Nearly 9 in 10 citizens have access to the Internet in this, the Technology Town of North Carolina.
Cary embraces the best of city life through a sense of security. Its Police and Fire departments and Emergency Medical Services are nationally accredited. Livability is evident through out the town; tree-lined streets and well-groomed subdivisions and office parks show Cary has grown the right way. Cary is home to world class businesses and national retail stores. Our fast-growing Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources program has something for everyone, regardless of age or interest.
School-age children comprise nearly a quarter of Cary's population. Yet people of retirement age are the fastest-growing group in Cary. Fourteen percent of townspeople were born in another country, and the Asian population - Cary's largest minority - tripled during the 1990s. A progressive approach to challenge - Cary is proactive. We're conserving drinking water by reclaiming treated wastewater for irrigation and industrial processes, preserving open space, and working with citizens and county leaders to make our schools even better.
Yet we've remained the Town of Cary while growing to more than 100,000 people. At the Town of Cary, our goal is to be the best local government for our size in the Eastern United States and to be recognized for the service that we provide to our citizens and to visitors.
Cary has more than 20 public parks, 20 miles of trails, cultural arts programs as well as concerts and other special events throughout the year. The Amphitheatre at Regency Park is the Town's state-of-the-art performance center nestled in the trees by a lake, featuring N.C. Symphony concerts and other performances. Downtown, Cary's Lazy Daze Arts and Crafts Festival has become one of the South's premier festivals over the past quarter century.
The annual Jimmy V Celebrity Golf Classic draws big names from the sporting and entertainment worlds to raise money for cancer research. The Triangle boasts major league hockey, Triple A baseball and other professional and college sports teams, including N.C. State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University.
Cary is in the heart of the Triangle area, which repeatedly ranks among the top places in the nation to begin or expand a business. Cary is home to world-class businesses. The largest employer is SAS Institute Inc., the biggest privately-held software company in the world. Other widely known companies in Cary include MCI WorldCom, IBM, American Airlines Reservation Center, Lucent Technologies, Siemens, John Deere and Cotton, Inc. Business 2.0 magazine has put the area at the top.
Schools in Cary are part of the Wake County Public School System. The system includes schools on traditional and year-round calendars. Although schools are not a Town government responsibility in North Carolina, Cary leaders have responded to public interest in schools by making education a priority. Half of Cary adults have school-age children. The Town appropriated more than $8 million to benefit schools with Cary students during the 2000-2001 through 2002-2003 school years. The schools funding project was the first such economic development through education initiative in the state.
The first public high school in North Carolina began as a prestigious boarding school in Cary during the late 1800s. Today, two-thirds of adults in Cary have a college degree. Three major universities - N.C. State University in Raleigh, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University in Durham - are less than 25 miles away.
Cary has steadfastly remained a town, preserving the comfort, security and neatness that have helped define it. But Cary embraces the best of city life - vibrancy, diversity and a progressive approach to challenge.
In recent years, the Town has instituted measures to more closely manage growth, which remains a regional issue. Cary is embarking on an ambitious open space conservation program to protect water quality and preserve the natural beauty of the region. The Town of Cary believes in getting out in front of challenges rather than waiting and reacting. It leads the way in protecting the environment and was the first in the state to conserve drinking water by reclaiming its highly treated wastewater for irrigation at hundreds of homes and businesses.
From humble beginnings, Cary has developed into the Technology Town of North Carolina in the heart of one of the most dynamic and livable areas in the country.
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