The Peak of Good Living
Apex, N.C. is known by locals as the “Peak of Good Living.” A suburb of Raleigh, Apex sits just 15 miles south of downtown and gives its residents the best of both worlds – a family-oriented atmosphere with the convenience and amenities of a city. The town was ranked best place to live in the United States by Money Magazine in 2015.
Apex gets its name from its location along the Chatham Railroad – the town sits at the highest point along a 30-mile section. In the 1800s, steam engines stopped at the Apex station to replenish their water supply. The town was incorporated in 1873 but remained a small trading and shipping town until the 1960s. After Research Triangle Park was established in 1959, the Triangle area of North Carolina experienced a wave of growth – including Apex. By 1990, Apex had a population of 5,000. Today, the town boasts a population of 45,000+ with a 4.57% growth rate. While its growth steadily continues at a 4.57% rate, town planners are working to ensure that Apex retains its small-town feel.
The median age in Apex is 37.2
Median Household Income
The median household income is $100,305, with 5.27% growth
Median Property Value
The median property value is $289,300, with 3.92% growth
In keeping with its small-town charm, Apex is home to several family-owned restaurants, pubs where neighbors gather, local favorites that have been around for years, and some cozy new spots, too. Apex favorites include Daniel’s Italian Restaurant, Vegan Community Kitchen, Doherty’s Irish Pub, Apex Wings, The Provincial, Salem Street Pub and Mr. A’s Beignets food truck.
Local Parks and Trails
Apex boasts several parks with playgrounds, sports fields and more, including Apex Community Park, Apex Jaycee Park and Hunter Street Park. The town also maintains more than 11 miles of public greenways and offers access to several Triangle trails – including Chestnut Oak and Swift Creek Loop Trail, American Tobacco Trail from Southern Terminus, Lake Pine Loop, Beaver Creek Greenway and Black Creek Greenway to Lake Crabtree. Plus, the town is working to develop even more for the community.
Museums & Art Galleries
For art and history lovers, Apex offers convenient access to several museums and galleries in the state capital. (link to this section on Raleigh page). It’s home to a few local gems as well, including Halle Cultural Arts Center, Cocoon Gallery and The Red Canvas.
Major Employers in Area
Apex offers numerous employment opportunities. Top local employers include Dell Technologies, Apex Tool Group, ATI Industrial Automation, Polyzen Inc. and Tipper Tie.
Apex is also in close proximity to Research Triangle Park, one of the nation’s most prominent high-tech research centers that is home to more than 200 high-profile companies, including IBM, GlaxoSmithKline, Credit Suisse, Cisco and Fidelity Investments.
Annual Community Events
Apex hosts several annual events, including Apex PeakFest, Apex Latino Arts Festival, Peak City Pig Fest, and Touch-a-Truck for kids. It also hosts multiple holiday events, including Christmas on Salem Street, a local Easter egg hunt and an annual fourth of July celebration.
Our Favorite Spots in Apex
Here are a few of our top picks for places to visit in Apex - just a handful our our favorites.
Mission Market is a new addition to Downtown Apex. They offer an inviting space and serve the best coffee & acai bowls. There's even a little shop!
Moon & Lola
If you are in the market for the perfect gift or want to treat yourself to something special, you can't miss this unique shopping spot.