The Real Reason Cary is the best place to live in America.
When I first moved to Cary North Carolina in August of 2000 I was a young mom with a toddler and expecting my second child. Shortly after my baby was born, like many moms, I began to really experience mom-hood…wrangling two little people when you are just one person. It’s beyond hard, but most mommas get it. I don’t need to elaborate.
Anyway, I had an infant in his carseat in the shopping cart, and a toddler I was trying to put into the car. But as soon as I let go of the shopping cart it began to roll down hill with my baby in it! I grabbed it quickly…as my daughter tugged on my hand, wanting to run into the road.
A woman walking by saw me struggling, came and got the cart from me and unloaded my groceries into the car while I got the kids safely buckled in.
Okay, no big deal, right?
But then it happened again another week when I was shopping. Not the cart rolling bit, but another woman seeing me with little kids and stepping in to help.
I grew up in South Florida. It’s not a dense city like New York, but to some degree there is a similar vibe. I learned early not to look people in the eye and if you see someone trying to merge into your lane…speed up, quick.
But as I spent more time in North Carolina, I noticed things.
If I tried to merge into a lane, people slowed down to wave me in. I actually started using my signal, because I knew that people would respect what it indicated…I needed a little space to merge. And they would let me in. This southern hospitality is a thing, ya’ll!
A couple days ago I saw a mom post this on the Cary/Apex mom’s group. And it brought back all the memories of how stark the contrast of culture was from where I had moved compared with Cary.
But you all probably know by now that I like to back my opinions up with data. So I started to wonder…is Cary just a really nice place to live? Or is kindness becoming more popular and I just happen to live in Cary while I witness the growth of it?
So I googled “Cary NC acts of kindness” and then “[my hometown which shall not be named] acts of kindness” …and I came up with very different results.
In Cary, 13 of the first 20 Google results were links specifically about kind acts people had done or events designed around kindness. Compared with only 7 in the town I compared it to. That’s almost twice as many kind acts in Cary! Yes, it’s just a random Google search and not a scientific study, but it at least gave some support to what I have felt since I’ve lived here. And that’s good enough for me.
So that’s it. That’s the reason the Triangle is such an awesome place to live. It’s not because we get all the accolades…Best Place for Families, Best Place for Quality of Life, yada, yada, yada. A place isn’t great without the people who make it that way.
I love my adopted home. I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else!
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Ellen is the founder of Harmony Realty, a socially conscious realty company. Ellen believes in empowering her clients through education and open communication. Ellen is a number-cruncher at heart and takes great pleasure in following and analyzing the trends of the housing industry. She loves communicating the big picture to her clients and helping them to understand how the market affects their sale or purchase. Her honest and down-to-earth approach allows her clients to make informed and intelligent decisions to get the most out of their offers and negotiations.