Cary, North Carolina

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Town of Cary
A train station in Cary
Nickname(s): Technology Town of North Carolina
The red dot is where Cary is at in the state of North Carolina
Coordinates: 35°46′44″N 78°48′1″W / 35.77889°N 78.80028°W / 35.77889; -78.80028Coordinates: 35°46′44″N 78°48′1″W / 35.77889°N 78.80028°W / 35.77889; -78.80028
Country United States
State North Carolina
Counties Wake, Chatham
Founded 1750
Incorporated April 6, 1871
 • Mayor Harold Weinbrecht
Elevation 480 ft (146 m)
Population (2007)
 • Total 127,640
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 919
The town was named after Samuel Fenton Cary

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]

History[change | change source]

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 | change source]

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 | change source]

The Town of Cary operates a local bus system called C-Tran. 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.

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