Apex, N.C., is MONEY’s 2015 Best Place to Live, and there’s a lot that makes it special. It’s got small-town charm, plus all the benefits of being close to a big city. The community is friendly, and there are a variety of activities for residents to enjoy, from the youngest to the oldest. Apex has an historic downtown area lined with independent restaurants and shops, and several nearby parks provide plenty of recreational opportunities, including dog parks, running trails, and a skate park. See for yourself.