by Sarah Curry
Director of Fiscal Policy Studies
Just outside the metropolis of the capital city in North Carolina lies the small community of Apex.
This year Apex, NC was named by Money Magazine as the number one place to live in the United States.
Money magazine has ranked several Triangle towns on their annual “Best Places to Live” list in recent years. The magazine alternates between ranking small towns and big cities.
2014: Cary, No. 19; Chapel Hill, No. 36
2013: Apex, No. 9
2012: Chapel Hill, No. 10; Cary, No. 56
2010: Cary, No. 23; Chapel Hill, No. 40
2008: Cary, No. 16; Chapel Hill, No. 65
2007: Apex, No. 14; Holly Springs, No. 22
2006: Raleigh, No. 4 (big cities); Cary, No. 5
2004: Cary, No. 1
1994: Raleigh, No. 1