Cary, NC

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Population

159,715

2.5% growth

Median Age

39.2


Median Household Income

$97,755

3.32% growth

Poverty Rate

5.61%


Number of Employees

84,666

2.86% growth

Median Property Value

$323,000

4.26% growth

About

In 2017, Cary, NC had a population of 160k people with a median age of 39.2 and a median household income of $97,755. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Cary, NC grew from 155,822 to 159,715, a 2.5% increase and its median household income grew from $94,617 to $97,755, a 3.32% increase.

The population of Cary, NC is 64.1% White Alone, 16.8% Asian Alone, and 8.12% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Cary, NC speak a non-English language, and 89.5% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Cary, NC are Miller-Motte College-Cary (172 degrees awarded in 2016), Mitchell's Hair Styling Academy-Raleigh (42 degrees), and Shepherds Theological Seminary (12 degrees).

The median property value in Cary, NC is $323,000, and the homeownership rate is 69%. Most people in Cary, NC commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 20.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Cary, NC is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Cary, NC employs 84.7k people. The largest industries in Cary, NC are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (17,148 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (9,374 people), and Manufacturing (8,951 people), and the highest paying industries are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting ($100,556), Utilities ($97,400), and Manufacturing ($97,374).

Median household income in Cary, NC is $97,755. Males in Cary, NC have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $44,729. The income inequality in Cary, NC (measured using the Gini index) is 0.473, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$97,755

2017 value

± $2,184

3.32%

1 Year Growth

± 3.51%

Households in Cary, NC have a median annual income of $97,755, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $94,617 in 2016, which represents a 3.32% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$59,982

Average Male Salary

± $1,136

$44,729

Average Female Salary

± $812

In 2017, full-time male employees in North Carolina made 1.34 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $59,267 ± $4,472

  2. White

    $49,962 ± $811

  3. Two or More Races

    $36,539 ± $3,942

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of North Carolina workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.19 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Cary, NC is from North Carolina.

0.473

2017 Wage GINI

0.471

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in North Carolina was 0.473 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.39% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for North Carolina was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in North Carolina in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in North Carolina across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 534.10

  2. Census Tract 536.05

  3. Census Tract 534.11

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Cary, NC was Census Tract 534.10 with a value of $155,893, followed by Census Tract 536.05 and Census Tract 534.11, with respective values of $151,875 and $144,335.

The following map shows all of the places in Cary, NC colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

5.61% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Cary, NC (8.93k out of 159k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Males 25 - 34 and then Females 45 - 54.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    5,055 ± 544

  2. Hispanic

    2,066 ± 394

  3. Asian

    1,689 ± 344

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Cary, NC is White, followed by Hispanic and Asian.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

84.7k

2017 Value

± 1,939

2.86%

1 Year growth

± 3.15%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Cary, NC grew at a rate of 2.86%, from 82.3k employees to 84.7k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Cary, NC, are Management Occupations (14,452 people), Computer & Mathematical Occupations (10,412 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (8,886 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Cary, NC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Cary, NC, by number of employees, are Management Occupations (14,452 people), Computer & Mathematical Occupations (10,412 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (8,886 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Cary, NC has an unusually high number of residents working as Computer & Mathematical Occupations (4.23 times higher than expected), Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (3.01 times), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations (2.1 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Cary, NC, by median earnings, are Management Occupations ($101,990), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($96,993), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($95,200).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

84.7k

2017 Value

± 1,939

2.86%

1 Year growth

± 3.15%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Cary, NC grew at a rate of 2.86%, from 82.3k employees to 84.7k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Cary, NC, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (17,148 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (9,374 people), and Manufacturing (8,951 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Cary, NC, though some of these residents may live in Cary, NC and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Cary, NC, by number of employees, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (17,148 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (9,374 people), and Manufacturing (8,951 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Cary, NC has an unusually high number of Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (2.89 times higher than expected), Information (1.82 times), and Finance & Insurance (1.32 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Cary, NC, by median earnings, are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting ($100,556), Utilities ($97,400), and Manufacturing ($97,374).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from North Carolina to other states, or from other states to North Carolina.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $50.4B

  2. $35.3B

  3. $34.5B

In 2015, the top outbound North Carolina product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $50.4B, followed by Pharmaceuticals ($35.3B) and Machinery ($34.5B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound North Carolina products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$407B

2015 Value

$632B

Projected 2045 Value

55.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound North Carolina trade was $407B. This is expected to increase 55.4% to $632B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound North Carolina trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from North Carolina to other states, or from other states to North Carolina.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $25.6B

  2. $25.4B

  3. $25.2B

In 2015, the top outbound North Carolina domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was South Carolina with $25.6B, followed by Georgia with $25.4B and Virginia and $25.2B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that North Carolina shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

92.7% of the population of Cary, NC has health coverage, with 65.7% on employee plans, 5.33% on Medicaid, 8.25% on Medicare, 12.5% on non-group plans, and 0.851% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the place of Cary, NC was $7,264 in 2014. This is a 3.37% increase from the previous year ($7,027).

Primary care physicians in Cary, NC see 1417 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.496% increase from the previous year (1410 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1829 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 464 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Edgecombe County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (16.2%). Additionally, Hertford County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (40.5%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,417 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in North Carolina see an average of 1,417 patients per year. This represents a 0.496% increase from the previous year (1,410 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in North Carolina in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$7,264

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$3,859

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,225

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,260

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in North Carolina (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 3.37%, from $7,027 to $7,264.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

7.28%

Uninsured

65.7%

Employer Coverage

5.33%

Medicaid

8.25%

Medicare

12.5%

Non-Group

0.851%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Cary, NC declined by 10.4% from 8.12% to 7.28%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Cary, NC changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 16.2% prevalence

  2. 16.1% prevalence

  3. 16% prevalence

Edgecombe County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in North Carolina, at 16.2%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in North Carolina by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Cary, NC is home to a population of 160k people, from which 89.5% are citizens. As of 2017, 21% of Cary, NC residents were born outside of the country (33.5k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Cary, NC is composed of 102k White Alone residents (64.1%), 26.9k Asian Alone residents (16.8%), 13k Hispanic or Latino residents (8.12%), 12.3k Black or African American Alone residents (7.73%), 4.04k Two or More Races residents (2.53%), 570 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.357%), 544 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.341%), and 16 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.01%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Cary, NC are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

37

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.6

42

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 0.8

In 2017, the median age of all people in Cary, NC was 39.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 37, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 42. But people in Cary, NC are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Cary, NC residents was 39.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

21%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

33.5k people

20.1%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

31.3k people

As of 2017, 21% of Cary, NC residents (33.5k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Cary, NC was 20.1%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    242,756 ± 11,950 people

  2. India

    60,392 ± 6,015 people

  3. Honduras

    34,513 ± 4,553 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of North Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 242,756 North Carolina residents, followed by India with 60,392 and Honduras with 34,513.

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Citizenship

89.5%

2017 Citizenship

89.9%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 89.5% of Cary, NC residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Cary, NC was 89.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    102k ± 1.76k

  2. Asian Alone

    26.9k ± 1.2k

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    13k ± 1.59k

In 2017, there were 3.81 times more White Alone residents (102k people) in Cary, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 26.9k Asian Alone and 13k Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Cary, NC as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Cary, NC citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Cary, NC was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Cary, NC are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    1,992 ± 214

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    1,163 ± 256

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    1,023 ± 219

Cary, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.71 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Cary, NC awarded 226 degrees. The student population of Cary, NC is skewed towards women, with 84 male students and 323 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Cary, NC are White (104 and 46.2%), followed by Black or African American (88 and 39.1%), Hispanic or Latino (16 and 7.11%), and Asian (8 and 3.56%).

The largest universities in Cary, NC by number of degrees awarded are Miller-Motte College-Cary (172 and 76.1%), Mitchell's Hair Styling Academy-Raleigh (42 and 18.6%), and Shepherds Theological Seminary (12 and 5.31%).

The most popular majors in Cary, NC are Aesthetician & Skin Care Specialist (59 and 26.1%), General Cosmetology (42 and 18.6%), and Massage Therapy (37 and 16.4%).

The median tuition costs in Cary, NC are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 42 degrees awarded

  2. 37 degrees awarded

  3. 28 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Cary, NC was General Cosmetology with 42 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate from schools in Cary, NC according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 172 degrees awarded

  2. 42 degrees awarded

  3. 12 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Cary, NC institution with the largest number of graduating students was Miller-Motte College-Cary with 172 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

36

Degrees Awarded to Men

190

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 36 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Cary, NC, which is 0.189 times less than the 190 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    104 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    88 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    16 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Cary, NC were to White students. These 104 degrees mean that there were 1.18 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 88 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Cary, NC was $323,000 in 2017, which is 1.48 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $309,800 to $323,000, a 4.26% increase. The homeownership rate in Cary, NC is 69%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Cary, NC have an average commute time of 20.4 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Cary, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.

$97,755

Median Household Income

± $2,184

60.3k

Number of Households

± 1,537

In 2017, the median household income of the 60.3k households in Cary, NC grew to $97,755 from the previous year's value of $94,617.

The following chart displays the households in Cary, NC distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $200k+ range.

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Housing

Property Value

$323,000

2017 Median

± $4,066

$309,800

2016 Median

± $4,541

In 2017, the median property value in Cary, NC grew to to $323,000 from the previous year's value of $309,800.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Cary, NC compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Cary, NC the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Cary, NC distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Cary, NC the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

69%

2017 Homeownership

68.3%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 69% of the housing units in Cary, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 68.3%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Cary, NC compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Cary, NC distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Cary, NC have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

20.4 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Cary, NC have a shorter commute time (20.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.25% of the workforce in Cary, NC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    78.3%

  2. Worked At Home

    10.1%

  3. Carpooled

    8.61%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Cary, NC was Drove Alone, followed by those who Worked At Home and those who Carpooled.

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