Apex is a small town located in southwestern Wake County, N.C. With a population of 35,545, Apex is a small getaway from its large neighbor, Raleigh.
While residents can easily commute to their jobs in the city, Apex is small enough to provide relief from the fast-paced city life when they head home. The historic downtown reflects the community’s deep roots. Apex was incorporated in 1873 and given its name because of its location on the Chatham Railroad between Richmond, Virginia and Jacksonville, Florida. The original train station brought stores and warehouses which built up the community.
Today, Apex is one of the most intact turn-of-the-century railroad towns in the area and was designated as a Historic District in 1994. Taking a stroll through the historic neighborhoods of Apex or driving 10 minutes to the New Hope Valley Train Station and Museum are fun ways to get out and explore the town. Apex is community oriented; the Community Center sponsors courses, programs and activities for people of all ages. From learning how to make soap to taking a Spanish class, you’re sure to find something fun to try. The Halle Cultural Arts Center also offers lessons, programs, exhibits, concerts and events for anyone to enjoy.
Wake County Schools
Apex is served by the largest public school system in the state, the Wake County Public School System. With 163 schools in the district, WCPSS serves more than 137,000 students. Some of the district s schools operate on a traditional calendar, while others are year-round giving families freedom to choose the style best for their children. In 2008 the district graduated 7,684 students. Ninety percent of those students planned to continue on to higher education. The student-to-teacher ratio for the district is 25.5:1 or better for all grade levels, ensuring students receive the best education possible.
The district serves a diverse student body. In 2009, roughly 51.8 percent of the student body is white, 26.1 percent is African-American, and 11.5 percent is Hispanic, 5.8 percent Asian, 4.6 percent multiracial and .3 percent American Indian. Wake County Public Schools has recently been in the news highlighting an interesting debate over the bussing of students. Because of its size, the district faces unique challenges, but remains committed to providing the best education possible.
Wake County Public Schools has eight locations within Apex. There are four Elementary schools: Apex Elementary School, A.V. Baucom Elementary School, Olive Chapel Elementary School and Salem Elementary School. There are three middle Schools: Apex Middle School, Lufkin Middle School and Salem Middle School and one high school, and one high school, Apex High School. There is also a private Catholic school in Apex called St. Mary Magdalene Catholic School.
Apex benefits from access to a highly educated workforce with its proximity to several large Universities including Duke University, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University. Forbes magazine recently named Apex as the third best place to move, continuing the trend of Triangle cities earning accolades as great places to live, work and play.
Apex is noting growth in business, income and population. The median household income in 2009 was $97,789. Apex’s location near the intersection of US Highway 1 and US Highway 64 makes it a prime location for moving people, goods and services. And with easy access to major interstate highways, it is easy for your business to connect to the large cities in the area and get your products to your customers. Apex is also just outside the Research Triangle Park which employs 38,500 people in mostly research and development jobs.