Cary is a town in Wake, Chatham, and Durham counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina and is part of the Raleigh-Cary, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area. According to the 2020 census, its population was 174,721, making it the seventh largest municipality in North Carolina, and the 148th largest in the United States. In 2022, the town's population had increased to 180,388.


Located in the piedmont region of North Carolina, most of Cary is in western Wake County, with neighborhood-sized sections in the northeast corner of Chatham County and small portions of southwest Durham County. According to the 2020 U.S. Census, Cary has a total area of 58.7 sq mi (152 km2). Cary is bordered on the north and east by Raleigh, generally toward the north by Research Triangle Park and Morrisville, on the south by Apex and Holly Springs, and on the west by the Jordan Lake area.


As of the 2020 census, there were 174,721 residents of Cary residing in 62,789 households. The population density of Cary is 2,949.7 people per 1 sq mi (2.6 km2), versus 1,353.3 for Wake County and 214.7 for North Carolina.

According to the American Community Survey, an estimated 68.4% of adults in Cary age 25 years or older have a bachelor's degree or higher. In addition, 98.6% of Cary's households are estimated to have a computer, and 96.0% have broadband.

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