Apex strikes the perfect balance between a small town casual atmosphere and the convenience of big city amenities. Although Apex has experienced a lot of growth in recent years yet the town planners are committed to maintaining the small town character which is evidenced by their charming downtown. With accolades like the "Top 10 Best Towns for Families", Family Circle (July 2014), #5 Happiest Suburb in America, Movoto (May 2014), and #1 Best City in North Carolina, Movoto (November 2013), it is easy to see why many Triangle residents call Apex home. Historic Downtown Apex is considered one of the most intact turn-of-the-century railroad towns in the area and features commercial/residential buildings built as early as the late 1800's that now house restaurants, unique boutiques, and small businesses.
Apex has experienced vast residential growth in recent years with a current population of 42,100 in 2013, due to its convenience to three nationally and internationally recognized research universities including North Carolina State University, Duke University and the University of North Carolina. It also benefits from its proximity to the Research Triangle Park which houses more than 190 high tech companies. Many commercial endeavors are found in Apex including Beaver Creek Crossings, Haddon Hall Commons and The Villages of Apex. The Apex Town Council has approached the growth of the region with open arms while placing high importance on efficient planning and management in order to maintain the small town charm that residents adore.
parks and recreation
The Apex Parks and Recreation department offers something for every member of the family including athletic programs, public greenways, and 9 different parks featuring ball fields, tennis courts, playgrounds, fitness trails, community centers, and a fishing pond. The Apex Community Park is the cornerstone of the Apex Parks system and includes picnic shelters, playground, fishing lake, restrooms, nature and fitness trails as well as various athletic fields on 160 acres.
The Halle Cultural Arts Center in Apex is located in the Historic Downtown Area and features three galleries, two studio classrooms and a theater that accommodates up to 135 people. Events include a Latino Arts Festival, Magicians, Puppet Shows as well as various concerts and performances.
Apex truly embraces the concept of community and holds several events throughout the year that encourage community participation including an Easter Egg Hunt, a Turkey Trot 5K Run, as well as the PeakFest which features over 200 vendors showcasing a wide variety of arts and crafts, music and dance acts.
The early History of Apex was centered around the railroad station, now found in Historic Downtown Apex. The town received its name because it was the highest point on the Chatham Railroad between Richmond, Virginia and Jacksonville, Florida. The name also fit because the water that falls on one side of Salem Street flows into the Neuse River and the water falling on the other side flows into the Cape Fear River. Tobacco farming was also popular as many farmers were drawn to the land around Apex. The Town Hall that still stands today served as the police station, jail, farmers market, firehouse and ticket office as well as a place for the teenagers to meet and dance in the 1900's. Apex remained a small town until the early 1960's when the Research Triangle Park was established and has been growing ever since.
Apex remains a perfect place for residents to enjoy small town charm, rich in history while benefiting from the convenience of the larger cities nearby.
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