Apex Town

Wake County, North Carolina

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Apex Town Hall is located at 73 Hunter Street, Apex, NC 27502.
Phone: 919‑249‑3400.


Apex [†] has become a key player in the system of small towns and urban centers in theTriangle region of North Carolina. Understanding the larger regional context of theTriangle provides greater insight into the challenges and opportunities that Apex will face over the coming years.

Apex sits in the southwestern portion of Wake County in the Piedmont section of North Carolina less than 15 miles from three major activity centers: Raleigh, the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, and Research Triangle Park (RTP). Apex is bordered by Cary to the north and east, Holly Springs to the south, and Chatham County to the west. All three jurisdictions are growing and planning for the future of their communities. As the region continues to grow, coordination between jurisdictions will be increasingly important in order to ensure that each community vision is realized.

Directly west of Apex is Jordan Lake.The lake serves as a main water supply for many surrounding communities in addition to being a recreation destination for the region and a critical habitat for many plant and animal species. Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant and Harris Reservoir form the southwestern border of the study area. As Apex continues to grow, it is important to consider the impact of new development on these areas. Much of Apex’s identity is tied to its picturesque downtown.

The Peak of Living: Apex Comprehensive Plan, 2013, apexeconomicdevelopment.org, accessed January, 2021.


Located between the Neuse and Cape Fear Rivers, first settled about 1867, Apex was incorporated in 1873. The name was chosen in recognition that the town site was located at the highest point of the Chatham Railroad which ran between Richmond, Virginia and Jacksonville, Florida.

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