Apex, NC

Apex, situated in Wake County, is a town made up of 20.84 square miles.

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Apex was incorporated in 1873. The town's name comes from the fact that it stands at the highest elevation in the area. 

A chemical fire broke out in a factory in 2006, causing the entire town to be evacuated. Thankfully, injuries were sparse and there were no deaths. 

The town was ranked #1 in a list of the best places to live in the nation according to TIME.  

Apex NC is located in Wake County, in the middle of the state, near Raleigh. There about 41,000 people living in Apex, within 15.4 square miles of land. Named because it rests at the highest point of the Chatham Railroad line, Apex NC can be considered a rail town. The line extends from Jacksonville, Florida to Richmond, Virginia. 

Apex NC was incorporated in 1873, and rests in Wake County, and is a suburb of the state's capital, Raleigh. It presently has about 41,000 residents living in an area of about 15 square miles. The downtown is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Historically, Apex has suffered from fires and the Depression. A major fire in 1911 wiped out the downtown area. It was rebuilt and today arguably represents North Carolina's most complete railroad town.

The Apex Union Depot, previously used by the Seaboard Air Line Railroad, sits in the middle of the town, and presently is used by the Apex Chamber of Commerce.

Located in the Research Triangle Park area, Apex saw a population swing that increased from 5,000 in 1990 to today's 41,000. Money Magazine ranked Apex NC in the top 10 of their annual Best Places to Live list.


The median resident age in Apex is 36 years. The median estimated household income is about $103,000 making it about $53,000 more than the North Carolina average.

The estimated per capita is about $42,000. The average price for a home in Apex is about $310,000 (2016) which is $145,000 more than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $1,200 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Apex is 74% White, 8% Black, and 18% other. 95% of the population are high school graduates, with 61% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher.

62% are married, 9% are divorced, 3% are widowed, 1% are separated, leaving 25% that have never been married.

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Wake County

Angier belongs to Wake County in the central part of North Carolina. The county was named after Margaret Wake. Wake County has a population of 1,025,000 and its largest city Raleigh, with a population of 538,000, is the county seat.

The area that now makes up modern day Wake County used to be part of the Tuscarora nation. In 1771, the Wake County was formed from parts of Johnston, Orange, and Cumberland counties. The first courthouse in the county was built in modern day Bloomsbury, but then was a village known as Wake Courthouse. The first elections were in held in 1771, and a militia was formed.

Wake County borders Granville, Franklin, Johnston, Nash, Harnett, Chatham, and Durham counties.

Wake County is made up of 857 square miles. 835 of which is land with the remaining 22 as water.


The population of Apex, NC is about 50,000. The population has been steadily increasing since the town was founded.


The elevation of Apex, NC is 499 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip codes for Apex, NC are 27502, 27523, and 27539.

Area Code

The area codes for Apex, NC are 919 and 984.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Apex and Wake County have voted both Republican and Democrat, with 57% going to Hillary Clinton during the 2016 Presidential Election.

This represents the trend for the previous two or three elections, but the area voted Republican prior to the 2008 election.

As of 2010, 54% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 31% are Protestants, Catholics make up around 11%, and 4% other.


The unemployment rate for Apex is about 4% (2015), making it lower than the state average of around 5%.

Technical services, manufacturing, and retail make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The News Observer is the primary newspaper that covers the Wake County area.