A small, historic city located in Wake County, Apex is a booming suburb of Raleigh. The city has been rapidly growing as more people move to the Raleigh metropolitan area. Despite the spike in population, it remains quaint, with a pedestrian-friendly downtown and beautifully restored buildings that are now home to thriving businesses.

If you’ve been thinking about moving to Apex, you’re in good company! Here are a few of the most important things you need to know about the city before you relocate.

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The summers in Apex tend to be hot and muggy while the winters are short and can be very cold. It’s almost always wet and partly cloudy here. On average, highs in the summer are around 89° and winter lows are near 30°. The best time to enjoy outdoor activities in Apex are between early May and mid-June and between mid-August and mid-October.


The city of Apex is served by the Wake County Public School District. Residents here have access to a total of 44 schools, including 32 preschools, 17 elementary schools, 10 middle schools, and 4 high schools. Of these, 18 are public district schools, 25 are private schools, and one is a public charter school.

The top-rated schools in Apex include:

  • Peak Charter Academy
  • White Oak Elementary School
  • Olive Chapel Elementary School
  • Apex Friendship Middle School
  • Apex Friendship High School

Apex is also less than a 30-minute drive from North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Duke University.


The housing market in Apex is considered somewhat competitive, with some homes receiving multiple offers. Hot homes go pending in approximately 14 days and generally sell for about the asking price. Other homes tend to sell for around 1% below the list price and go pending in about 43 days.

As of November 2022, the median home sale price was $576,500, representing a 3.7% year-over-year increase. The majority of people moving into the Apex come from Fayetteville, NC, Washington DC, San Francisco, New York City, and Los Angeles.


The cost of living in Apex is 3% higher than the national average, with housing costs being 14% higher than average. Other costs, such as groceries and transportation, are more affordable. These expenses are 9% and 8% below the national average, respectively.

While the cost of living is a bit higher in Apex than in other parts of the U.S., this is offset by the area’s income potential. The median household income here is $112,549, which is notably higher than the median income across the U.S., which is currently $70,784.


In 2020, the population of Apex was 77,950, making it the 16th largest city in North Carolina. It spans over 21 miles and has a population density of 3,747 people per square mile.

The median age in Apex is 36.1 and there are more females (51.62%) in Apex than males (48.38%). Approximately 61.9% of residents in Apex are married and 74.9% of people own their homes. The demographics here are primarily white (78.16%), Asian (8.7%), and Black (7.34%)


If you’re thinking about moving to Apex, you’ll be glad to know that the city is considered a safe place to live. On a scale of 1 to 100, the violent crime rate here is just 10.3 (vs. the national average of 22.7) and the property crime rate is 20.9 (vs. the national average of 35.4).

The city has an overall crime grade of A- and is in the 80th percentile for safety, meaning that 80% of U.S. cities are considered more dangerous and 20% are safer. The southeast part of the city is generally the safest. Here, your chances of being a victim of crime are around 1 in 95, while in the northeast part of Apex, this may increase to as high as 1 in 31.


The city of Apex is fairly spread out and most people travel by car. NC 55 will get you to the city from both Durham and Fuquay-Varina. US 64 connects to NC 55 in Apex, providing easy access to Pittsboro and Cary.

The city is also located just 11 miles from the Raleigh/Durham Airport (RDU), making it easy to reach the airport by car, bus, taxi, or rideshare service.


Downtown Apex is home to an array of specialty stores, bustling antique shops, and award-winning restaurants. The Halle Cultural Arts Center features a 150-seat theater, three art galleries, and two studio classrooms. The downtown area also hosts many community events throughout the year including 4th of July, Halloween, and Christmas celebrations.

There’s plenty of green space in Apex. Some of the most popular outdoor recreation areas include the 160-acre Apex Community Park, Apex Jaycee Park, and Hunter Street Park, which features a dog park, baseball and soccer fields, and the Trackside Skate Plaza.


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