Cary, North Carolina

town in North Carolina, United States

Cary is the second largest city in Wake County, North Carolina, United States. After January 1, 2008, Cary had a population of 127,640.[1] According to CNN, Cary is the 8th fastest growing city in the United States.[2]

Town of Cary
A train station in Cary
A train station in Cary
Technology Town of North Carolina
The red dot is where Cary is at in the state of North Carolina
The red dot is where Cary is at in the state of North Carolina
Coordinates: Coordinates: 35°46′44″N 78°48′1″W / 35.77889°N 78.80028°W / 35.77889; -78.80028
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
CountiesWake, Chatham
IncorporatedApril 6, 1871
 • MayorHarold Weinbrecht
480 ft (146 m)
 • Total127,640
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Area code919
The town was named after Samuel Fenton Cary

History change

Cary began in 1750 as a settlement called Bradford's Ordinary. About 100 years later, the North Carolina Railroad was built between New Bern and Hillsborough and the railroad went through the settlement. Allison Francis Page, a farmer and lumberman, and his wife, Catherine Raboteau Page bought 300 acres (1.2 km²) of land surrounding the railroad in 1854 and named it Cary. Page made the first streets in Cary and built a sawmill, a store and a post office. In 1868, he built a hotel for railroad passengers coming through Cary. Cary officially became a town on April 6, 1871, and Page became the first mayor.[3]

Education change

There are many schools in Cary. The public schools are run by the Wake County Public School System. There are also many private schools, both religious and non-religious. Private schooling and home schooling are popular among many Cary residents.

Transportation change

The Town of Cary operates a local bus system called C-Tran Archived 2009-02-02 at the Wayback Machine. Cary also has an Amtrak station and is just a few miles away from the Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Cary has many bike trails and many neighborhoods have sidewalks, so it is a good place to walk or ride a bike.

References change

  1. "About Cary : Overview". Archived from the original on 2008-02-05. Retrieved 2008-03-07.
  2. "The 258 fastest growing U.S. cities".
  3. "About Cary : Looking Back". Archived from the original on 2009-02-06. Retrieved 2008-03-07.