Apex : North carolina


What It Is Like to Retire in Apex

Apex is a fast-growing town of about 58,780 (2020 Census) that is just west of Raleigh, North Carolina. The population grew 193% since 2000 - an indication of its popularity as a retirement community. Apex's motto is "The Peak of Good Living".  The restored downtown area is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A recent visitor described it as a "cute town with 6 restaurants and some cute shops as well". Picture of Historic Downtown District of Apex, and photo of Apex Union Depot courtesy of Wikipedia and Seth Ilys (public domain).


Where to Retire in Apex and Home Prices

Apex has had its ups and downs in its history. Recently Apex is on the upswing with many new communities being developed here (see link to Apex Active Communities at top of page). Property values have been unusually strong, with Zillow reporting the median home value at $631,985 in mid-2022, and a 40% increase during the past year.


What Is Special about Apex

Apex is a fast-growing small town near NC's vibrant Research Triangle Park. The town's rich historical beginning is highlighted by the 1914 Apex Union Depot, now restored to its original glory. The town is very affluent, has a low crime rate, and is under 15 miles from the attractions of Raleigh. Durham and UNC are also close by.


What Is Not Special about Apex

It's a small town and a bit of a backwater compared to the college town excitement of Durham and its University of North Carolina. A 2006 major chemical fire in a waste processing facility was not good publicity for the town.


Who Will Like Retirement in Apex

Retirees and families who want the North Carolina climate and lifestyle, enjoyed in a small town and a very walkable community.


Local Economy Is Driven by

Construction. Also, Apex is a bedroom community for Raleigh and the high-tech industries in Research Triangle.


Climate and Physical Environment

Apex is located near Raleigh and Cary in almost the exact center of North Carolina.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Apex has an active community supported library.  PeakFest is an annual fair that attracts big crowds for its crafters, fine arts, and food. The attractions of the University of North Carolina are close by.


The crime rate is very low in Apex.

Medical Facilities

Multiple hospitals are within 15 miles - in Cary or Raleigh.


Raleigh-Durham International is only 11 miles away with fast connections to just about anywhere.

Valuable Links

Apex Chamber of Commerce
North Carolina retirement guide


What people are saying about Apex

Fast growing
You are right about Apex being fast-growing. The question is, is it too fast growing for its own good.
Posted by admin on January 16, 2014

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