Apex, North Carolina

Apex
The historic downtown district of Apex
The historic downtown district of Apex
Official seal of Apex
Seal
Nickname(s): 
Peak City
Motto(s): 
"The Peak of Good Living"
Location in Wake County and the state of North Carolina.
Location in Wake County and the state of North Carolina.
Apex is located in North Carolina
Apex
Apex
Location in Wake County and the state of North Carolina.
Apex is located in the United States
Apex
Apex
Apex (the United States)
Apex is located in North America
Apex
Apex
Apex (North America)
Coordinates: 35°43′55″N 78°51′10″W / 35.73194°N 78.85278°W / 35.73194; -78.85278Coordinates: 35°43′55″N 78°51′10″W / 35.73194°N 78.85278°W / 35.73194; -78.85278
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
CountyWake
Incorporated1873
Government
 • TypeCouncil-Manager
 • MayorJacques K. Gilbert (D)
 • Mayor Pro TemNicole Dozier
 • Town ManagerDrew Havens
 • Town AttorneyLaurie Hohe
Area
 • Town21.60 sq mi (55.95 km2)
 • Land21.52 sq mi (55.73 km2)
 • Water0.09 sq mi (0.22 km2)
Elevation
499 ft (152 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Town37,476
 • Estimate 
(2019)[2]
59,300
 • Density2,755.96/sq mi (1,064.10/km2)
 • Metro
1,302,946
Demonym(s)Apexian or Apexer
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
27502, 27523, 27539
Area codes919, 984
FIPS code37-01520[3]
GNIS feature ID1018834[4]
Websitewww.apexnc.org

Apex (/ˈ.pɛks/) is a town in Wake County, North Carolina, United States. Apex encompasses the community of Friendship at its southern border. In 1994, the downtown area was designated a historic district, and the Apex train depot, built in 1867, is designated a Wake County landmark. The depot location marks the highest point on the old Chatham Railroad, hence the town's name. The town motto is "The Peak of Good Living".

In the precolonial era, the town's area was inhabited by the Tuscarora tribe of Native Americans. In the late 19th century a small community developed around the railroad station. The forests were cleared for farmland, much of which was dedicated to tobacco farming. Since Apex was near the state capital, it became a trading center. The railroad shipped products such as lumber, tar, and tobacco. The town was officially incorporated in 1873. By 1900 the town had a population of 349. The 2019 Census estimate places the population at 59,300.

The population boom occurred primarily in the late 1990s. The Research Triangle Park, established in the 1960s, created strong demand for technology workers. Apex began appearing on Best Place to Live lists starting in 2007 and steadily climbed the charts until reaching the #1 spot in 2015. This also drove population growth.[5] Apex is currently the eighteenth largest municipality in North Carolina.

  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  2. ^ Cite error: The named reference USCensusEst2019CenPopScriptOnlyDirtyFixDoNotUse was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  3. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ "Our History | Apex, NC - Official Website". www.apexnc.org. Retrieved 2018-11-08.