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Apex, North Carolina
Apex Boasts a Charming Downtown, Well-Tended Neighborhoods, Green Spaces, an Educated Populace and Three Nearby Universities
In east central North Carolina, charming Apex is outside of Raleigh and sits in a pine forest. It grew up around the railroad and has been a major shipping hub for the lumber, tar and tobacco industries.
These days Apex is home to professionals and professors who work in the nearby Research Triangle (anchored by Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and three universities, Duke, the University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University). The welcoming downtown district is dotted with restaurants, cafes and retailers in attractive, colorful buildings. Throughout the year, the city hosts numerous events, including PeakFest, the Apex Jazz Festival, Founders Day, and of course, the Basketball Ham Toss. The Halle Cultural Center also has a variety of activities, such as free concerts and movies, art shows, book launches and classes. Shopping consists of specialty stores, national retailers and a farmers' market.
The city has more than 20 parks and greenbelts, and the nearby Jordan Lake State Park is the top spot for fishing, camping, boating and more. Neighborhoods are well kept, and homes are primarily large Craftsmans, traditionals, coastals, bungalows, Cape Cods and others.
Population: 64,000 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 33%
Cost of Living: 30% above the national average
Median Home Price: $580,000
Climate: Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures in the 40s, 50s and 60s. On average, the area receives 50 inches of rain and a dusting of snow each year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but the Wakemed Cary Hospital, four miles outside of Apex in Cary, does accept Medicare patients.
At Least One Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but the Wakemed Cary Hospital, four miles outside of Apex in Cary, is accredited.
Public Transit: Yes, provided by the county's Triangle Transit, but it is limited.
Crime Rate: Below the national average
Public Library: Yes, the Eva Perry Regional Library
Political Leanings: Liberal
College Educated: 64%
Is North Carolian Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Somewhat
Cons: Rapid growth has brought traffic congestion.
Notes: The city has landed on numerous "best places to live" lists and is award-winning in several areas, including water quality and cultural resources. The Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant is located 10 miles away in New Hill. The population has boomed 32% during the last decade, and home prices have remained flat since a year ago.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
"Esse quam videri" is the motto of North Carolina, also known as the Tar Heel State. It was the 12th state to be admitted to the Union, joining the other states on November 21, 1789. North Carolina was also one of the Thirteen Colonies and was originally named the Province of Carolina. It was the second to the last state to declare its secession from the Union during the Civil War.
The state is situated in the Southeastern region of the United States and is bordered by South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia. The capital is Raleigh, but the largest city is Charlotte.
The historical people of North Carolina include the Chowanoke, Roanoke, Pamlico, Coree and Cape Fear Indians. The Revolutionary War impoverished the state of North Carolina for several years.
Charlotte is on a rapid growth streak thanks to its banking industry. North Carolina is also home to several universities, including the University of North Carolina, Duke University and North Carolina State University.
The state hosts more than 80% of the NASCAR racing teams and is the site of the Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Carolina Panthers represents North Carolina in the National Football League, and the Charlotte Bobcats play in the National Basketball Association.
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