National Geographic : 2001 Jun
The blemorDreher is that the number of headlights has exploded ecenyears. next to Research Triangle Park, North Carolina's ng high-tech business center situated between Raleigh, Durham, apel Hill, the once rural community has become one of the fast estgrowing and most affluent areas in the state, its population dou bling every decade since 1960. With some 96,000 residents, split primar ily between two sprawling zip codes that cover nearly 50 square miles, the officially named Town of Cary eclipsed Chapel Hill in 1990 as the third largest city in the Triangle, the seventh largest in the state. Most newcomers have moved from northern cities, leading many locals to jest that Cary stands for Containment Area for Relocated Yan kees. Ironically, the town was named for a Yankee: Samuel F. Cary, an impassioned Union supporter and temperance leader from Ohio who is said to have delivered one of his fiery sermons here in the 1850s. "You have to teach 'em how to say KERRY instead of KAHRY," says homebuilder Bob Godbold with a laugh, after polishing off his lunch at Melba's Country Kitchen-a diner where old Cary gathers. "Cary was one square mile for years," says Godbold, 66, who was born and raised here. "Started as a pulpwood town. It's gone from logs to logic now." VALUE: $154,347 HOUSEHOLDS MADE UP OFA MARRIED COUPLE WITH CHILDREN: 89% NUMBER OF STOPLIGHTS IN CARY IN 1960: 1 NUMBER OF STOPLIGHTS IN CARY IN 2000:100 Sunset Strip, Cary style. Cary is among the fastest growing towns in North Carolina.