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Apple Valley, Minnesota
—  City  —

Location in Dakota County and the state of Minnesota.
Coordinates: 44°43′55″N 93°13′03″W / 44.73194°N 93.2175°W / 44.73194; -93.2175
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Dakota
 - Mayor Mary Hamann-Roland
 - City 17.7 sq mi (45.9 km2)
 - Land 17.3 sq mi (44.9 km2)
 - Water 0.4 sq mi (1.0 km2)
Elevation 955 ft (289 m)
Population (2000)
 - City 45,527
 Density 2,625.5/sq mi (1,013.7/km2)
 Metro 2,968,805
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 55124
Area code(s) 952
FIPS code 27-01900[1]
GNIS feature ID 0639415[2]

Apple Valley is a city located in northwestern Dakota County in the U.S. state of Minnesota, and a suburb of the Twin Cities. It was incorporated in 1969, and was known before then as Lebanon Township.[3] As of the 2000 census, the city population was 45,527, making it the 15th most populous city in Minnesota.[4] Apple Valley is home to the Minnesota Zoo, a nationally-famous zoological garden which houses hundreds of animals from several distinct climatological zones.[5] In 2008, Money Magazine named Apple Valley the 24th best place to live up from 28th in 2007.[6]



Apple Valley municipal building

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 17.7 square miles (45.9 km²). 17.3 square miles (44.9 km²) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km²) of it (2.14%) is water. The city's geography is rolling, elevation from the lowest to the highest points in the city vary by a hundred feet or more. The downtown area and its adjacent residential district (which formed the original core of the city when it was incorporated) are located in a shallow valley, lending the city (in part) its name.

Interstate Highway 35E, Minnesota Highway 77 - Cedar Avenue, and County Road 42 are three of the main routes in the city.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 45,527 people, 16,344 households, and 12,405 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,625.5 people per square mile (1,013.7/km²). There were 16,536 housing units at an average density of 953.6/sq mi (368.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 91.81% White, 1.91% African American, 0.29% Native American, 3.39% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.88% from other races, and 1.69% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.00% of the population.[4]

There were 16,344 households out of which 42.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.7% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.1% were non-families. 19.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.21.

In the city the population was spread out with 29.7% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 33.1% from 25 to 44, 24.4% from 45 to 64, and 5.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 95.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.4 males. For several years, the city's population was among the fastest growing in Minnesota, but it has virtually exhausted the amount of additional buildable land within city limits, and so its growth has slowed considerably since 1990.

The median income for a household in the city was $69,752, and the median income for a family was $79,335 (these figures had risen to $76,789 and $86,874 respectively as of a 2007 estimate[7]). Males had a median income of $50,636 versus $33,315 for females. The per capita income for the city was $29,477. About 1.1% of families and 2.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.0% of those under age 18 and 3.8% of those age 65 or over.

Apple Valley is located in Minnesota's 2nd congressional district, represented by John Kline, a Republican, scoring 2.8% progressive on a range of issues[8] and 88% conservative based on 2006 House votes.[9] Apple Valley is represented in the Minnesota Legislature by State Senator Chris Gerlach (Republican, District 37), Representative Tara Mack (Republican, (District 37A), and Dennis Ozment (Republican, District 37B).


Apple Valley High School built in the 1970s.

There are six elementary, three middle and three high schools in the city, all operated by Independent School District 196. Apple Valley High School and Eastview High School have maintained a strong, intra-city rivalry since the opening of Eastview (the younger school) in 1997. In addition to the two comprehensive high schools, Apple Valley is also home to a high school-level magnet school, the School of Environmental Studies. In fall 2007, Independent School District 196 will open three elementary school-level magnet schools. The three schools are Cedar Park Elementary, which will become a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) magnet; Diamond Path Elementary, which will have an International Studies theme, and Glacier Hills Elementary with an Arts and Science theme.[10]

Famous residents


  • According to local developer Henry Broback, Lebanon Township was renamed Apple Valley because "...when you drive east on (County Road) 42 and turn to enter Lebanon, it reminded them of Apple Valley, California, which was a nice community."[11]


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "City of Apple Valley". City of Apple Valley. Retrieved 2007-09-06. 
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder Population Estimates: Duluth city, St. Louis County". U.S. Census Bureau. 2006-07-01. Retrieved 2007-08-18. 
  5. ^ "Minnesota Zoo". mnzoo. Retrieved 2007-09-06. 
  6. ^ "MONEY Magazine: Best places to live 2008". 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-07. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ Grossman, Joshua. "ProgressivePunch Leading with the Left". All Issues. ProgressivePunch. Retrieved 2007-09-08. 
  9. ^ "ACU Ratings of Congress, 2006". American Conservative Union. 2006. Retrieved 2007-09-08. 
  10. ^ "Independent School District 196". ISD 196. Retrieved 2007-09-06. 
  11. ^ "The Transformation of a Dakota Community Lebanon Township to Apple Valley An Agrarian Township Becomes a Residential Success". Over The Years 30 (1): 25. December 1990. Retrieved 2007-01-27. 

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