The slogan for Apex, NC is “The Peak of Good Living,” and there are so many reasons this is true of this small, but quickly growing, town just outside North Carolina’s prestigious Research Triangle Park. With small-town charm, a booming local economy, and fast and convenient commutes into Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, more people are taking notice of Apex as a great place to live. But don’t take our word for it. Money.com ranked Apex as “The Best Place to Live” in 2015. Here are nine reasons why this is still true today!
Top 9 Reasons to Live in Apex, NC
1) Ideal Location
Located just 20 minutes from Downtown Raleigh and the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, and 20 minutes from Research Triangle Park, Apex is the perfect place to reap the benefits of one of the country’s most tech-driven regions while still enjoying the charms of small-town life. Thanks to a recently built toll road, the commute from Apex to the Triangle has been cut in half. Apex is also close to all the major interstates and highways of the region, giving residents fast access to destinations like The Streets at Southpoint, Crabtree Valley Mall, Beaver Creek Commons, and the neighboring towns of Cary and Holly Springs.
Aside from job opportunities and career growth afforded by Apex’s location, residents enjoy all four seasons, a relatively mild climate, and the boundless natural beauty of Central North Carolina.
2) Strong Economy
Like all towns in the Raleigh area, all signs point to strong economic growth in Apex. Both per capita and household income are well above the national average, unemployment is incredibly low, and future job growth is estimated to be nearly 50% over the next 10 years. The cost of housing has steadily increased over the last decade, a positive sign that Raleigh, Apex, and the surrounding areas continue to be a desirable place to live. To maintain a healthy economic balance, health care, utilities, and transportation are still relatively low, and like the rest of North Carolina, Apex homeowners enjoy low property taxes compared to other states.
3) Top Rated Schools
K-12 public schools in Apex are part of either the Wake County Public School System or Chatham County Schools, both of which consistently rank among the state’s best districts. There are also a variety of private and charter schools, giving parents a wide range of choices to give their kids a great head start.
4) Charming Downtown
Named for being the highest point on the old Chatham Railroad, Apex is one of the most intact turn-of-the-century railroad towns in the country and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The downtown area, which is mostly centered around quaint Salem Street, is home to local restaurants, bakeries, and boutiques. It’s easy to lose track of time looking at architecture, browsing the shops, and taking long and leisurely lunches in Downtown Apex.
As charming as it is, Downtown Apex also has a solid foot in the kind of technology that drives growth in this region. Electric vehicle charging stations dot the downtown area, supporting clean energy and giving peace of mind to drivers as they travel the region.
5) Outdoor Amenities
North Carolina’s natural beauty is abundant in Apex, and residents take full advantage of the many green spaces and opportunities for outdoor recreation. A perennial favorite is Jordan Lake State Recreation Area, a collective of nine access areas around the shoreline of a 14,000-acre reservoir. There are seven swim beaches, more than 1,000 campsites, and nearly 14 miles of rustic hiking trails. Visitors enjoy fishing, boating, swimming, and picnicking, among other outdoor activities. The Town of Apex maintains over 11 miles of public greenway that are ideal for walking, running, and biking, and serves as the base of the American Tobacco Trail, which runs all the way up to Durham.
If you like outdoor festivals (and North Carolina has some of the best), then you will love spending time in Apex and attending its many events throughout the year. A few of the big ones are the Apex Music Festival, Peak City Pig Fest, PeakFest, Trick or Treat on Salem, and the Apex Latino Arts Festival. No matter the month, you’re bound to find at least one (or several) lively festivals to soak up Apex’s good vibes.
7) Local Agriculture
Apex residents love their farm-to-table restaurants, and whenever possible, buy produce and meat directly from the farm! This area is home to some of North Carolina’s finest pick-your-own farms, vineyards, and farmers markets offering a wide selection of organic and conventional fruits and vegetables, herbs, flowers, chicken, beef, eggs, honey, and much more. Local, healthy food has never been more accessible.
Apex has been rated one of the safest cities in North Carolina in 2021 by a number of publications and ranking agencies. Alarms.org, for example, factors in crime rate per 1,000 and law enforcement per 1,000 to compile their safest cities lists. Apex was in the top five, well ahead of larger, neighboring cities.
9) Brand New Homes
If an ideal location, plenty of outdoor amenities, and proximity to one of the nation’s most progressive research centers sounds like somewhere you’d like to live, you’ll love the brand new homes available at Olde Farm in Apex. This small community of only THREE 1.5+-acre estate homesites from New Home Inc. is within walking distance of Jordan Lake and conveniently located near Hwy 751 for quick and easy access to Downtown Apex, West Cary, The Streets at Southpoint, and the Triangle. Olde Farm provides the peace and quiet you want — with close proximity to everything you love. Join the VIP List and be the first to know when these exclusive homesites are available!