The historic downtown district of Apex
"The Peak of Good Living"
|• Mayor||Jacques K. Gilbert (D)|
|• Mayor Pro Tem||Nicole Dozier|
|• Town Manager||Drew Havens|
|• Town Attorney||Laurie Hohe|
|• Town||21.60 sq mi (55.95 km2)|
|• Land||21.52 sq mi (55.73 km2)|
|• Water||0.09 sq mi (0.22 km2)|
|Elevation||499 ft (152 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||2,755.96/sq mi (1,064.10/km2)|
|Demonym(s)||Apexian or Apexer|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (EST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
27502, 27523, 27539
|Area codes||919, 984|
|GNIS feature ID||1018834|
Apex (//) 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. Apex is currently the eighteenth largest municipality in North Carolina.
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