Cary, NC – Best Place to Live?

Market Watch released a new article today that ranks Cary, North Carolina as #8 in the Best Cities to Live in the United States in 2014. Even those who live around the area should take pride in this, the Triangle Area is a Beautiful location to find work and raise a family. I have posted below a portion of the article that reflects just Cary, but feel free to click on the Link Here to read the entire article and see what other cities made the cut.

 

“8. Cary, N.C.

Median household income: $86,151
Unemployment rate, 2013: 4.80%
Median home value: $298,200
Violent crime per 100,000 residents: 81.6
Average commuter travel time: 22.1 minutes

A typical home in Cary is worth nearly $300,000, roughly double the statewide median home value. While Cary’s real-estate market is relatively expensive, taxes are quite low, equal to less than 1% of typical home values. Nearby Raleigh, which is much larger, tends to be a more popular destination among state residents. Downtown Cary, however, is developing rapidly. In recent years, Cary has attracted high numbers of new businesses and young entrepreneurs. With the unemployment rate at less than 5% last year, the local economy seems to be doing well. According to IHS Global Insight, the Raleigh-Cary metro area is expected to be among the fastest-growing economies in the U.S.”

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PNC Arena – Raleigh NC

You can catch the NC State Men’s Basketball team or the Carolina Hurricanes playing a game at the PNC Arena located in Raleigh, NC. If you ever go to a Hurricanes game on the same evening that there was a Basketball game, I highly recommend you show up to the arena early! The staff works really fast in transforming the court back into the icy atmosphere needed for the later game. I have seen it happen a couple times and I cannot get over how cool it is to watch!

The PNC Arena came to Raleigh in October 1999 along with the move of the Hartford Whalers Hockey Team to NC. It can hold over 19,000 fans for a basketball game or a little over 18,000 during ice hockey games. In addition to housing these teams, you can catch a number of LIVE shows in the arena from musical performances (such as Brantley Gilbert coming in October) to ice performances like the anticipated Frozen on Ice. Check out the link below for a schedule of events coming to the PNC Arena in Fall 2014 through 2015!

Schedule of Events: Click Here

Location: 1400 Edwards Mill Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607

Phone: (919) 861-2300

USA Baseball National Training Complex

Do we have any Baseball fans out there? I know that North Carolina doesn’t have a Major League team, but we do have the Muddy Mud Cats, Durham Bulls and College Level baseball to watch and enjoy! The USA Baseball National Training Complex is actually located in Cary, North Carolina.

The Complex houses many events, not only for youth to develop their skills, but even the Tournament of Stars where over 100 players from the Major Leagues come to show off their skill. There are work outs, games and skill development sessions; you can find the full schedule on their website linked below. USA Baseball, the program not MLB,  has been around since the 1980’s, though this complex is fairly new to the Cary area. The purpose of USA Baseball has been a tool for amateur players, as well as a representing member of the US Olympic Committee.

Website: Click Here

Location: 200 Brooks Park Ln, Cary, NC 27519

Phone: (919) 459-0761

Sports!

We are well into school starting up, which can only mean one thing…College Sports have started as well! Which Teams do you follow? In Raleigh, the huge triple tie is between Wolfpack, Tar Heel and Duke Fans. You can catch a number of games, whether you are into Basketball, Soccer, Baseball, or Football depending on the season. Cary also has a Baseball complex that houses Olympic Youth and the US Tournament of Stars! You don’t have to travel very far to get your fill of sports in the Triangle Area.

Keep an eye on posts through out this week as I highlight some of the main facilities where you can attend games during the Fall season. I will not show bias, though I will admit that one of my children went to NC State!