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Apex is the best place to live in the country, says Money Magazine.

The western Wake County town has “small-town charm, plus all the benefits of being close to a big city,” the magazine wrote Monday in releasing its annual rankings that this year focus on small towns.

The cover features a family from Apex, and an accompanying story and video tout the town’s character, parks, affordable housing and proximity to Research Triangle Park and area universities.

“The community is friendly, and there are a variety of activities for residents to enjoy, from the youngest to the oldest,” the magazine said.

The publication’s annual list honored Apex in 2013 as No. 9 in the country and No. 1 in North Carolina. Other Triangle towns have topped the list or have ranked in the Top 10 in the past decade.

Money used data on the economy, real estate, taxes, safety and health to narrow down the list of potential best towns. Then, reporters were dispatched to 44 finalist towns to get a sense for intangibles, such as traffic, parks and community spirit.

The reporting, combined with the data, put Apex at the peak.

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Story by Will Doran, News & Observer

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