Cary was known as a resort retreat in the early 1900s and has grown into a community offering a variety of home styles, some with sweeping views of the Fox River. Although much of its land is reserved for open space, Cary still has room for new neighborhoods with growing families. The train station remains the hub of the downtown with many of Cary’s residents commuting daily to Chicago.
Cary is one of the fastest growing communities in McHenry County. The population, as of July 2008, is estimated to be 19,559. A small town atmosphere combined with good schools, an active park district, and the Fox River attracts newcomers. An active lifestyle can be enjoyed at one of the many outstanding small neighborhood parks, biking trails, a preschool center and a seniors center provide activities for all ages.
Cary residents don’t have to travel far to shop. They are within a half-hour drive of several malls, including the Prime Outlets at Huntley and the Spring Hill Mall. Operating under a comprehensive growth plan, the community welcomes commercial businesses and retailers alike.
The school district has kept pace with the community’s growth. Cary is well known for its innovation in education, with its magnet schools among the country’s best success stories.
Newcomers are attracted to the quiet suburban living and small town atmosphere. With such a family-friendly image with national recognition's that continually distinguish Cary makes this a great place to live.