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Apex, North Carolina

Apex is a town located in Wake County, North Carolina. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 20,212.

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1 Geography
2 History
3 Government
4 Demographics
5 Passenger transportation
6 External links


Apex is located at 35°43'55" North, 78°51'10" West (35.731952, -78.852878)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 27.5 km² (10.6 mi²). 27.3 km² (10.5 mi²) of it is land and 0.2 km² (0.1 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.57% water.

Neighboring towns include Cary to the north and northeast, Raleigh to the east, and Holly Springs to the south.


The town of Apex was incorporated in 1873, named for its location as the highest point on the Chatham Rail Line between the state capitol of Raleigh and the coal fields of nearby Chatham County. Apex grew slowly through the succeeding decades, despite several devastating fires, including a 1912 conflagration which destroyed most of the downtown business district. The town center was rebuilt and stands to this day, now one of the most intact railroad towns in the state. At the heart of town stands the Apex Union Depot, originally passenger station for the Seaboard Air Line Railroad and later home to the locally-supported Apex Community Library.

Apex suffered mild setbacks during the Depression-era, but growth began again in earnest in the 1950's. The town's position in proximity to North Carolina's Research Triangle Park spurred additional residential development; yet the town managed to preserve its small-town character, residents taking pride that they had stayed off the burgeoning growth of the neighboring town of Cary. Still, during the decade of the 1990's, the town's population quadrupled to over 20,000, placing unprecedented demands upon Apex's infrastructure.


Keith Weatherly is the current mayor of Apex, re-elected in November 2003 to his third consecutive term in office.


As of the census of 2000, there are 20,212 people, 7,397 households, and 5,584 families residing in the town. The population density is 740.4/km² (1,918.2/mi²). There are 8,028 housing units at an average density of 294.1/km² (761.9/mi²). The racial makeup of the town is 85.06% White, 7.55% African American, 0.29% Native American, 4.27% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 1.11% from other races, and 1.67% from two or more races. 3.21% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 7,397 households out of which 46.1% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.2% are married couples living together, 7.2% have a female householder with no husband present, and 24.5% are non-families. 18.5% of all households are made up of individuals and 2.6% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.73 and the average family size is 3.16.

In the town the population is spread out with 30.8% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 44.8% from 25 to 44, 15.0% from 45 to 64, and 4.0% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 31 years. For every 100 females there are 97.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 94.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town is $71,052, and the median income for a family is $78,689. Males have a median income of $55,587 versus $37,057 for females. The per capita income for the town is $28,727. 1.9% of the population and 1.2% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 1.2% are under the age of 18 and 7.8% are 65 or older.

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