#1 Best Place to Live in America
#2 Best City in NC to get a Job
#3 Best Place to Move To in the US
The Apex downtown area (pictured right) is truly the core of this small town. On any given day, you will see people walking to their favorite restaurant, store, or coffee shop. It is also home to bustling antique shops and specialty stores, including the locally-adored Rusty Bucket, as well as restaurants like the award-winning Anna’s Pizzeria. Whether it’s shopping local produce at the Farmers Market or indulging in outdoor festivals like Apex Peak-tique or PeakFest, the downtown event scene offers special experiences for all.
Perfectly positioned in the Research Triangle area, Apex, “the peak of good living”, has been named one of the best cities to live in the United States due to a strong regional economy, access to first-class healthcare, top-notch education and a charming downtown.
Just 20 minutes from Apex, along I- 540, is Research Triangle Park (RTP) – a business community that is home to over 300 businesses. IBM has its largest US office in RTP and Cisco Systems has its second largest office here.
In addition to boutique shopping and unique dining, enjoy small-town theater and artwork at the Halle Cultural Arts Center, with three galleries, two studio classrooms and a 150-seat theater. Further south, the North Carolina Railroad Museum offers rides on restored historic steam engines and self-guided tours where visitors can learn about historic railroad equipment.
Location & Connectivity
Raleigh-Durham International Airport is located 15 minutes from Apex, easily accessible via Interstate 540. This part of the region’s “Outer Loop” provides Apex residents 6 lanes of interstate-quality access, reducing drive time by offering a more direct route free of traffic lights.
Near the intersection of US Highways 1 and 64, only minutes from Interstate 40 and connected to Interstate 540, Apex offers residents and businesses excellent access to one of the fastest growing regions in the nation. If you work in either Raleigh, Durham, RTP or Chapel Hill – all towns are easily accessible from Apex.
Greenways trails: There are over 11 miles of public greenway trails with plans for plenty more as future development occurs. The trails connect to the neighboring towns of Cary and Holly Springs. View a list of parks, greenways and trails.
The Wake County Public School System has been recognized for having one of the top performing K-12 programs in the nation. In addition to the public system, private and charter school options are plentiful. Higher education offerings include nationally recognized public colleges and private, public and community institutions.
There is an abundance of higher education opportunities within a 45 minute drive of Apex. Many students choose to remain in the area after graduation, which is one of the factors that has led to the population boom in the NC Triangle area. The list includes:
- Meredith College
- William Peace College
- St. Augustine’s College
- Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary