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When Americans research where they might like to retire, they often make a checklist of desirable attributes: Tax-friendly, variety of high-quality health care providers, cultural amenities, entertainment and sports options, local educational resources, ease of travel away, and return.

More often than not, proximity to family members is the key decider. “I love that I can be there for the small stuff on a regular basis,” says Flo Sudduth, SearStone resident. “If I lived out of state, quick weekend visits would be rushed, and we wouldn’t be able to connect.”

Many retirees move to Cary to be closer to family but soon discover the town offers a tremendous amount of social opportunities. Cary has a wonderful Senior Center and other social networks in churches, clubs and retirement communities.

Cary also fulfills many requirements on the “places to retire” checklist. Affordable, and tax-friendly with the lowest property tax rate in Wake County. Being in the heart of the Triangle provides easy access to four top-notch medical institutions.

The town offers many cultural activities at the Cary Arts Center, the Cary Theater, Page Walker Arts & History Center, and Koka Booth Amphitheatre. Cary has its own community theatre company, with nearby venues for concerts, ballet, opera, Broadway musicals and more.

Cary has a professional men’s soccer team (women’s coming soon) and the USA Baseball National Training Complex. It also hosts numerous NCAA championship events.

Local university continuing education centers offer plenty of opportunities to take classes. Domestic and international travel is a breeze from Raleigh/Durham International Airport.

This combination of amenities is the reason more seniors are choosing to retire in Cary every day.