I have read comments regarding how great Cary and Raleigh are; however, I disagree tremendously. Cary is very dull and the area is going down hill fast. The education is not great at all compared to other states. Wake County has a lot to improve on. Had I known that the county eliminated textbooks in the school budget, I would have not moved here. How can a student learn without a textbook to refer to one when needed? How can a Teacher effectively develop curriculum without a textbook? My child has not adapted to the block schedule either. Also, identity crime is very high in this area and yes, the housing may be affordable, but the food is priced way too high. What good is it to have a beautiful home and you are starved from eating mac n cheese all the time? I am not sure if many people know this, but NC is no. 9 with Seniors going hungry everyday-very sad! In general, many people come south to retire or to improve their quality of life, but even the elderly can't retire and relax because the cost of living is so high here! Also, the weather isn't that great. Tornadoes, flooding, hurricanes, earthquakes, too much to worry about every year for my taste.
Please do your research and don't always fall for the stats. Sure, this is heaven if you do come from NY, NJ, or another costly crime ridden state on the east coast,west coast, etc., but even with this, the grass isn't always greener on the other side. This is still the South and I really don't see much progression-this is true for NC's sister state SC too. There are other parts of the US that are more beautiful and affordable. All the best to you if you still come here. I will be leaving soon.