Apex ranks ninth for best place to live in America

Posted August 12, 2013

Events such as the third annual Apex Latino Arts Festival, held in June, helped the town earn its No. 3 spot on Money Magazine's annual ranking of best places to live in America. (Photo by CHRIS BAIRD)

— The Town of Apex has been ranked the ninth best place to live in America by Money Magazine.

The list, posted online Monday, ranks the top 50 small towns in the country based on financial, demographic, crime, employment, real estate, education, health care and quality of life. Highest weight was given to economic and housing factors.

The magazine noted the town’s 400 acres of parks and recreational facilities, its annual jazz festival and still-affordable housing as part of its charm. It listed the median home price for Apex as $225,000.

“The ranking for Apex as one of the elite communities in the country brings credit to our citizens who exhibit daily the spirit and engagement that it takes to make a community great,” Mayor Keith Weatherly said in a statement. “The Town Council and staff work hard with our residents to maintain the quality of life that Apex is famous for.”

Apex is the only North Carolina municipality to make the list. The town was ranked No. 14 on Money Magazine’s list in 2007, and it garnered the No. 3 spot for “best place to move to” by in 2009.

Apex Town Manager Bruce Radford said an event is being planned to celebrate the latest designation.

Money Magazine started with 1,326 towns nationwide in the small-town category, then screened out communities based on the parameters. Highest weight was given to economic and housing factors.

Judges visited 36 towns, where they interviewed residents, assessed traffic, parks and gathering places, and considered intangibles such as community spirit.

Apex was third behind Sharon, Mass., and Louisville, Colo.

“Top 10 is nice,” Weatherly said. “But anyone who knows Apex would agree, no place really compares with our quality of life and unique small town, family-oriented environment.”


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  • katzlover Aug 14, 2013

    there ya go..ruining more nice towns..

  • Amused Aug 13, 2013

    Apex has gotten this recognition a few times before! Go Apex. I'd like to see those complaining about traffic in Apex during rush hour drive in Raleigh during rush hour LOL!

  • common tater Aug 12, 2013

    tox1doc2 has it right...whoever made the picks never drove thru Apex, especially at rush hour. It's a giant bottleneck on both sides. Downtown is an accident waiting to happen with people having to bump side mirrors to get through.

  • Its the who what Aug 12, 2013

    I am glad that Apex is finally getting its due!! Cary has had claim to this ranking for many years and several of those years were undeserved due to the high level of crime that Cary has tried to cover up for years. Violent crimes such as robberies and crimes against children have reach unpresidented levels over the past years and its time that the town face reality instead of a best town award that they last earned YEARS ago.

  • Scubagirl Aug 12, 2013

    Well, it WON'T be long! Folks will come in droves and it will turn into something not so good, as with most of the other places that get 'best place to live' status. Seen it quite a few times.

  • SanS Aug 12, 2013

    While it's great to win awards or be a great place to live I really wish the media - magazines/charts and etc would quit saying the surrounding small NC towns are ranked in the top 10 or better places to live. We know that...that is why we are here but we want to keep it that way which will not be if everybody packs up and moves on in. Love people but look at the the traffic lately, our infrastructure just can't handle the population we have now... just saying sometimes not winning is actually winning.

  • WralCensorsAreBias Aug 12, 2013

    After they finishing taking a bow they better start building more schools.

    Without help from the public.

  • bubbba Aug 12, 2013

    Wow I have lived in Apex for last 10 years. The place is ok but the 9th best? Thats really weird unless they only looked at 10 places.

  • musthavecoffee Aug 12, 2013

    I would rather live in Morrisville.

  • me2you Aug 12, 2013

    Do they ever pick "small" towns that are not a part of a major metropolitan area?