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From the Town of Apex website:
Apex, #1 Small Town in North Carolina
Located in southwestern Wake County, Apex combines a relaxing small-town
atmosphere with convenience to big-city amenities. It is positioned
for future growth and the town
planners are working to ensure that the small-town character remains
while allowing for many new residents to join our community.
In 2007, Apex was named the 14th Best Place to Live in the USA by Money Magazine. In 1994 Apex was named the state's #1 Small Town in economic vitality
by Business North Carolina magazine.
A major streetscape renovation project has restored Apex's downtown
and recaptured its historic flavor. The revitalized downtown is
on the National Register of Historic Places as one of the best examples
of an intact turn-of-the-century railroad town.
We invite you to join the hundreds of newcomers discovering our
delightful small town ideally located in southwestern Wake County.
Even though new residents relocate to Apex daily,
we have maintained the small town character which is so unique in
the rapidly-growing Research Triangle Area.
If you are one of our new residents getting settled into our community,
or are considering a decision to join those relocating to our area,
we hope this information will be helpful and facilitate an easy
move to Apex.
Transportation Major Highways...I-40, US # 1, US # 64, NC # 55, NC #751 Railroads...Seaboard Coast Line, Southern Railway Air Travel...Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) Airlines...Air South, American, Delta, Midway, Northwest, TWA, and US Air Commuter...United Air Express/Atlantic Coast Airlines, Delta-Comair, US Air Express, Atlantic Southeast
Elevation and Climate
Elevation: 500 ft. above sea level
Climate: Mild Humid-Subtropical with average temperatures and precipitation as follows:
Temperatures: January (40 F)...April (60 F)... July (78 F)....October (60 F) Average Annual Precipitation: 44.75 inches Average Annual Snowfall: 7 inches
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Apex is one of the fastest-growing cities in the Triangle. With only 5,000 residents in 1990, Apex has grown to more than 30,000 residents today. And, in 2007 Money Magazine rated Apex as the #14 Best City to Live.
In fact, Apex is anticipated to double its population within the next decade. In order to accommodate its rapid growth, city leaders are making sure that Apex doesn't lose its small-town charm.
One of the reasons for Apex's popularity is that it is within close proximity to all the amenities the Triangle has to offer including shopping, businesses, entertainment and sports venues.
In the early days, Apex was a shipping point for forest products including lumber, tar and turpentine. As the railroad fostered more growth, Apex became a hub for another product: tobacco.
Apex celebrates its history as a railroad town and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for being one of the few turn-of-the-century railroad towns still intact. This includes the Apex train depot, which was built sometime between 1867 and 1873.
Beyond this, the city has recently restored its downtown, which features a number of 19th-century buildings. In addition, the largest development of land in town, The Villages of Apex, is now under construction and was voted North Carolina's Community of the Year in 2008. Click Villages of Apex - Live, Work, & Play in the NC's Community of the Year for more information.
Apex celebrates each year with a street festival held on the first Saturday in May each year. Called "Peak Week", the festival features arts and crafts, food, children's activities and live music. Also, the Apex train depot stages concerts during the spring, summer and fall and offers a diverse selection of music.
For those who love the outdoors, and I am one of them, Apex includes nine town-owned parks. Apex parks cover 160 acres!! Apex Community Park features a range of playing fields, basketball courts, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts and playgrounds. Apex Park has a two-mile walking/running trail runs along the lake, which is more than 50 acres and is just beautiful especially during the Fall. Although only kayaks and canoes are permitted on the lake, fishing is allowed with a permit.
Apex truly is The Peak of Good Living as it's motto suggests!
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Posted: December 04 2006 at 10:25am | IP Logged
> Settled around 1867, Apex incorporated in 1873 and earned its name from being
> the highest point on the Chatham Railroad between Richmond, Va. and
There is what has become a common misconception contained in this post, and unfortunately, it is also in much of the Town of Apex promotional literature as well. I am not sure from where this idea came, but it has been said so many times, anyone still using it can be forgiven.
The legend goes the Town of Apex was named because it was the "highest point on the Chatham Railroad between Richmond, Virginia and Jacksonville, Florida." That is incorrect. The Chatham Railroad, at the fullest extent of its length, never extended further north than Raleigh, nor further south that the old town of Haywood, near present day Moncure, for a total of 31 miles. Apex was indeed named because it was the highest point on the Chatham Railroad, but that railroad never extended to either Richmond or Jacksonville.
The error apparently stems from the fact the Chatham Railroad was later renamed as the Raleigh & Augusta Air Line Railroad, and became one of the key parts of the Seaboard Air Line Railroad, now part of CSX. The Seaboard did indeed operate trains as far north as Richmond and as far south as Jacksonville, but not until the twentieth century, long after the Town of Apex was named.
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