Apple Valley, Minnesota

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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 2010, Money Magazine named Apple Valley the 20th best place to live in the United States, up from 24th in 2008 and 28th in 2007.[6]



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. The first four houses were built by Art and Hank Broback. Orin Thompson contracted a company to determine where the next growth in the Twin Cities would be. It was one-half of a mile from the then Co. Rd. 42 and Cedar Ave. Thompson bought the first houses and streets from the Brobacks. The firm in California that selected this area was located in Apple Valley, Calif. so Orin took that name for the development.(ERE)

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]

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