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Welcome to Apple Valley Minnesota
Apple Valley Minnesota is located in Dakota County and south of St. Paul and Minneapolis. It is popular among those who commute to both downtowns of the Twin Cities and couples who have one working in downtown Minneapolis and one downtown St Paul. The 2010 census estimated the city’s population was 49,084 which made it the 18th most populous city in Minnesota.
n 2013, Money Magazine named Apple Valley the 17th best place to live in the United States, up from 20th in 2010, 24th in 2008 and 28th in 2007. Here is what money magazine had to say…
“If you don’t mind cold winters, there’s plenty to recommend this family-friendly Twin Cities suburb. There’s a wide range of affordable homes: The median sale price is around $200,000.
Cars are still the de facto transport here, but the city recently added a $112 million rapid-transit bus system that connects the downtown to area attractions like the Mall of America. Apple Valley is also home to the Minnesota Zoo and 53 parks.”
Some facts generated in 2016 that you might find interesting…estimated median household income was $84,897 while the state average is $65,599, estimated median housing prices were $302,832 for single family homes and $175,804 townhomes.
Apple Valley was founded in 1969, and was previously named Lebanon Township, since then it has had tremendous growth due to the attractiveness of the geography with the rolling hills, dense woods and convenient location to both downtowns and the Minneapolis International Airport and also Terminal 2.
Welcome to Apple Valley Minnesota
Apple Valley hosts an annual 4 July festival called “Apple Valley Freedom Days” This fun day includes one of the biggest parades in the area and features local marching bands, service organizations, and many local businesses. There is also a carnival and a fireworks display during the event. This is a well-attended event but families, couples, and individuals. In February the city hosts the Apple Valley Winter Carnival. Some of the fun includes ice skating, a medallion hunt, contests and children events.
Apple Valley is home to the Minnesota Zoo – built in 1978 on 485 acres. Has 447 different species and 2,351 animals. Exhibits are arranged in six themed areas…
- Medtronic Minnesota Trail, featuring animals that are native to Minnesota
- Northern Trail, featuring animals of the north
- Tropics Trail, an indoor walking trail featuring animals from the tropics
- Discovery Bay, an activity area themed around marine wildlife and one of the most popular for children and adults alike.
- Russia’s Grizzly Coast, a part-indoor, part-outdoor new multi-million exhibit featuring animals from Russia’s Far East and the Kamchatka Peninsula.
- Wells Fargo Family Farm, themed around farm animals and very popular with kids and families
The Zoo also features The Great IMAX Theatre and an outdoor amphitheater that after hours is home to the “Music in the Zoo” series.
Apple Valley is home to School District 196 – which is the 4th largest school district in the State of Minnesota. District 196 has high academic standards and expectations, and a record of outstanding student achievement both in and out of the classroom. The District 196 has a comprehensive curriculum, a reputation for outstanding teachers, a very supportive community and a high level of parent involvement. District 196 has a graduation rate of 92 percent and about 90 percent of graduates indicate they plan to continue their education after high school graduation.
Minnesota Valley Transit operates in Apple Valley and this unusually good bus service goes to downtowns of Minneapolis and St Paul, The Mall of America and the two airports.
Speaking about the Mall of America, just a short drive takes you to the premier shopping destination in the United States if not the world. 40 million people visit this Mall from all over the world. It offers an indoor amusement park, an underwater aquarium, restaurants, events, hotels and maybe the best shopping in the world.
Apple Valley was ranked 17th in the Nation by Money Magazine for good reason…convenient to both downtowns, low crime rate, well respected school district and good quality of life. There is a lot to like in Apple Valley!