The Peak of Good Living

Here at the North Carolina Collection we love talking and writing about North Carolina superlatives. Yesterday I noticed one that hit close to home–real close to home. The town in which I live, Apex, North Carolina, was named by Money Magazine as the 14th best place to live in the United States, garnering the highest rating for any North Carolina town.

The compilers of the Best Places to Live: Top 100 state that this year’s list “focused on smaller places that offered the best combination of economic opportunity, good schools, safe streets, things to do and a real sense of community.” As a way of quantifying how much “Leisure and Culture” Apex has, the magazine figured out that there were 1,598 restaurants and 122 bars within 15 miles of the town. Wow, I really need to get out more.

The other North Carolina towns that made the list are Holly Springs (Wake County) at No. 22 and Mooresville (Iredell County) at No. 65.