Apex has small town charm.
Apex, NC is the third largest municipality in Wake County. The town’s population is 42,000. The Raleigh-Cary area, which includes Apex is considered one of the fastest growing parts of North Carolina. Money Magazine said, “The western Wake County town has “small-town charm, plus all the benefits of being close to a big city.”
Median Age: 36.4
Median Household Income: $90,654
Poverty Rate: 4.6%
Number of Employees: 21,778
Median Property Value: $269,600
Apex is one of the safest Cities
Apex’s crime rate is lower than approximately 74% of North Carolina communities. It is for these reasons that Apex is ranked as one of the top 100 safest cities in the U.S.A. According to Sperling’s Best Places both Apex’s violent crime rate and property crime rate are well below the National Average making Apex a safe place to live.
Apex has a real home-town feel.
The people who live in Apex, NC In 2015 Apex made the list of one of the best places to live. Since then according to The News Observer, “The downtown has flourished, and new parks and roads have been built as new shopping centers have opened on the outskirts of town. The town is expected to double in size in 15 years if growth continues at the current rate.” With a small town feel, and big city amenities a short drive away, Apex has the best of both worlds. A real feel of Americana, with a thriving walkable downtown and all the big city amenities that neighbors, Raleigh and Durham have to offer. Apex also has one of the lowest property tax rates in the region at 39 cents per $100 valuation, making it a great place to call home.
Work in Apex
Apex jumped in rankings as one of the best cities to live in because of the strong job market. According to the News Observer story, “the strength of the local job market and low unemployment rate, as illustrated by the story of the family pictured on the Money cover. The couple said they moved to Apex in 2010 with no job prospects, yet they both found steady, middle-class jobs.”
Top employers in the region include IBM Corporation, WakeMed Health & Hospitals, SAS Institute Inc., Cisco Systems Inc., BASF Corporation, Biogen Idec Inc. and GlaxoSmithKline.
Over 40,000 people in the region work at the world renowned Research Triangle Park (RTP). RTP is affiliated with the region’s three world-class universities – Duke University, the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University – and is home to notable institutions like the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. RTP is credited with fueling roughly 1,800 startups since the 1970s.
Apex is ideally located for commuters.
Whether you commute locally or travel for a living, the location of Apex to the airport makes commuting easy. Apex is a 20 to 25 minute ride to Raleigh-Durham International Airport. The Research Triangle Park is less than 20 miles away.
Neighborhoods in Apex.
Some of Apex’s best neighborhoods are Apex Hills, Abbington, Bella Casa, Brookshire Manor, Carriage Downs, Crocketts Ridge, Greyhawk Landing, Haddon Hall, Salem Oaks, Salem Village, Scots Laurel, Scotts Mill, and the Village of Apex.
Education matters in Apex.
Not only is the area home to 3 of the top universities in the state, if not the country. Wake County Schools are some of the top in the nation, and an excellent reason to make the move. Apex is home to top public, magnet, charter and private schools. If you’re looking for a great education, it’s hard to beat the schools offered in Apex.
Weather in Apex
People love the weather in Apex. If you are moving from the cold weather of the Northeast or the heat of the South you will love the weather in Apex. Apex has every season, Winter is going to be much less harsh than New England. While summer may seem hot to the northerners you won’t experience the heat that you get in Florida or the Southeast.
It doesn’t snow often in Apex, and if you miss the snow, the mountains are not far away. The great news is that the beach is near too. Apex is ideally located for the weather and for quick getaways.
Keeping active in Apex.
The American Tobacco Trail is a 22 mile rails to trails, project which goes through Apex. Many of the parks and greenways connect Apex with its larger neighbor Cary, NC. Apex has a small town vibe, with much to keep you busy. Apex has over 15 festivals and celebrations throughout the year. From the annual Family Basketball Ham Toss to the celebrated Apex Music Festival.
Apex has a “small-town” feel with the advantage of being in a large metropolitan area. While you can go to Raleigh or Durham for national tours of Broadway shows or the latest pop concert.
Dogs love Apex too!
There are two dog parks in Apex, at Hunter Street and Apex Nature Parks. Lots of trails to walk your dog and the The Pet Pantry to treat your furry friends.
Did you know?
Apex has been named to :
Number 1 Best Place to Live in the US, Time/Money Magazine (August 2015)
Best Places to Live: Number 9 in America, Number 1 in North Carolina CNN/Money Magazine (August 2013)
Best Places to Live: Number 14 in America, CNN/Money Magazine (July 2007)
Number 1 Best City in North Carolina, Movoto (November 2013)
Number 3 Best Place to Move To, Forbes.com (July 2009)
Number 5 Happiest Suburb in America, Movoto (May 2014)
Number 5 Best NC Towns for Young Families, NerdWallet (July 2013)
Top 10 Best Towns for Families, Family Circle (July 2014)
About the Region.
Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill make up the three primary metro areas of the Research Triangle metropolitan region. The regional nickname of “The Triangle” originated after the 1959 creation of the Research Triangle Park, primarily located in Durham County, four miles from downtown Durham. RTP is bordered on three sides by the city of Durham and is roughly midway between the cities of Raleigh and Chapel Hill, and the three major research universities of NC State University, Duke University, and UNC-Chapel Hill.