Wake Dental Services the Surrounding Communities of Cary, NC

Ten miles west of the capital city of Raleigh you will find the up and coming city of Cary. Today’s population has more than 162,000 residents calling Cary home. Only a few years ago saw Cary as the fifth fastest growing city in the country. As is with many towns in our country, their origination goes back to the introduction of the railroad. An Allison Page and his wife Catherine bought 300 acres surrounding a railroad junction in 1854. They basically developed the town and named it after a prominent congressman, Samuel Cary. The town was incorporated in 1871 and saw methodical growth with the neighboring farming of tobacco and cotton crops. The town doubled in size in the 1920s and then went bankrupt with the Great Depression. Back on its feet it saw another substantial growth spurt after World War II. The city really took off though with the introduction of the Research Triangle Park in 1959. With the surge of new residents Cary saw a dramatic change in their schools and the introduction of several community planning organizations to maintain a balance between growth and character.

Cary is only 10 miles south of the Research Triangle Park and 20 miles from Chapel Hill and Durham. More than 68% of the adult population of Cary have associate degrees with more than 605 holding a bachelor’s degree or higher. A vey educated population with a very low crime rate. Home ownership is also very high with more than 72% of the adult residents owning homes. Many of the primary employers are in the technology field driving an educated employee and a higher income. Cary also sits in some very beautiful country which can be enjoyed by everyone. You will find rolling hills, dense woods and many small lakes in the immediate area.

Research Triangle Park

This addition has turned into the magnet or nucleus to the area. The park, one of the largest research parks in the world, was named for the three universities and their hub cities, Duke in Durham, the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and NC State University in Raleigh. Created in 1959 to stop the “brain drain” from these three campuses it is now home to over 200 companies, over 50,000 employees and over 10,000 contractors. These young professionals that have been attracted to the Triangle all call the neighboring cities and towns home. It’s a short commute.


Located only seven miles to the southwest of Cary is Apex. Another town started because of the railroad, it began in 1854 around the first train station and was incorporated in 1873. It was the top of a long climb for the steam engines and they would stop and get water at Apex. If you stood on Salem Street downtown today, water would flow to the west on one side and east on the other. With only 1,000 residents as late as 1930, due to the Research Triangle Park it now claims more than 50,000 residents.

Holly Springs

Located about 12 miles almost due south of Cary, Holly Springs had it start due to a natural fresh water spring. Started around 1800 the town had a general store, a sawmill and a cotton gin. As late as 1960 this community only had a population of 600. With the addition of the Triangle Park it now is home to over 33,000 residents. There is some manufacturing in town to benefit the tax base and allow the small town to do a very good job in controlling and maintaining the growth.


Only five minutes due south of Raleigh and 13 miles southeast of Cary, Garner also had its beginning as a railroad stop. About 1857 a depot went up, 20 years later a post office and it was incorporated in 1905. It as well saw steady growth with the crops of tobacco and cotton providing local revenue. It also saw a huge population explosion with the new Research Park. At the time of the Park introduction it had around 3,500 residents. Now that number stands at close to 30,000. As with the many small towns in the area it has done an admirable job controlling the surge in population.

Oak Grove Township

This community is 20 miles due north of Cary, closer to Durham and then the same distance to the Research Park as Cary. If you don’t care for urban sprawl or a city lot then Oak Grove might be the answer. Considered an un-incorporated area you need to visualize a rural setting with various subdivisions. This area, with municipal services like fire, police and rescue provided by the county, it is still home to over 50,000 residents. It comes with the bonus of being very close to the Falls Lake State Recreation Area.

Fuquay Varina

A 16 mile drive due south would get you to this town. It was originally two towns and they merged in 1963 to create Fuquay Varina of today. With a current population of around 26,000 it as well has seen an increase with the addition of the Park. Fuquay was started as a small farming town by Frenchman William Fuquay. His grandson Stephen discovered a natural spring and the mineral water was considered to have health benefits. Another small town then started just south of the springs named Varina after the wife of Jefferson Davis.


Initially founded in 1852 for another train stop Morrisville was home to one of the last Civil War battles involving of course the railroad. It was incorporated in 1875, disbanded in 1933 and then re-incorporated in 1947. Watch this growth pattern; when it was incorporated in 1875 it had 165 residents. When it was incorporated the second time it had 161 residents. At the introduction of the Research Triangle Park it had 222 residents. Today more than 25,000 residents call Morrisville home. Located just three miles north of Cary it is very close to the Park and has become the new popular home to many of the employees from the Park.