Cary, Apex, & Morrisville

Explore Everything Western Wake County Has to Offer

The towns of Western Wake County have the best of both worlds—proximity to employment areas of Raleigh, Durham and the Research Triangle Park, while remaining suburban. Lively without nonstop traffic; residents enjoy evening activities without a noisome city bar scene. Built in areas that were largely rural until a decade or so ago, these communities retain much of the natural beauty of the landscape.

If you're looking for the ideal suburban community to call home, but still want to be close to all the excitement of Raleigh and Durham, then it's time to start exploring cities like Cary, Apex, and Morrisville, North Carolina!

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Get to Know Cary

The most populous at 165,000, Cary nonetheless doesn’t feel much like a city to its inhabitants. The town seat is in Cary’s quaint downtown, alongside an old-fashioned drugstore, craft beer brewery, Amtrak train station and a 70-year-old theater. While there, take in a show by the Cary Players acting troupe. Downtown is the site of the Lazy Daze Arts and Crafts Festival and other exciting events.

Cary has many amenities—Cary Towne Center shopping mall and Crossroads Plaza shopping center are popular destinations. There is the Koka Booth Amphitheatre by a lake, an ice skating rink, and a soccer park home to the N.C. Courage women’s soccer team. The town was a leader in developing its many parks and greenways and the nature preserve trails of Hemlock Bluffs. Cary also has an indoor aquatic center, a WakeMed Hospital, a number of business parks and three golf course communities. Notable businesses include Lord Corp., SAS Institute and Epic Games.

Explore the "Peak of Good Living"

To the south is Apex, a burgeoning town of about 50,000. Named for the highest point on the CSX railroad line, Apex has kept on the fast track for growth while retaining much of its charm. Money Magazine has more than once named Apex its No. 1 small town in America. Known locally as the "Peak of Good Living", Apex has a booming downtown, with the Halle Cultural Arts Center, located in the community’s refurbished historic town hall building. The chamber of commerce resides in the former train depot downtown, and counts as neighbors a fire station, police department and town hall. Apex is known for its regional library, access to the Jordan Lake recreational area, festivals and parades. A $70-million renovation of Apex High School is underway.

See if Morrisville is Right for You

Morrisville, with its population of 26,000, is closest to the Research Triangle Park, making it the geographic center of the tri-city metropolitan area. Whether you want to jaunt to Raleigh, Durham or even Chapel Hill, it’s a quick trip from Morrisville. The once farming community has been transformed by growth and now has six parks, several greenways and two community centers. The town’s aquatics and fitness center, built in 1988, is undergoing renovation and will reopen in 2019 with a lap pool, play pool, tennis and basketball courts and natatorium with retractable roof. The town has youth and adult sporting leagues—including the area’s only cricket league. The town’s proximity to RTP means tech giant Lenovo is just one of several major companies to locate in Morrisville.

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