Cost of living is relative. Depending on your perspective, you may believe Apex to be a downright bargain, about average, or kind of expensive. In order to better communicate the cost of living in the region, Wake County Economic Development participates in the quarterly ACCRA Cost of Living survey.
ACCRA uses 100 as an index, where anything less than 100 is less expensive than average, and anything more than 100 is more expensive. The greater Raleigh metro area consistently scores lower than 100, meaning the area is slightly less expensive than the average US City.