Welcome to Apple Valley! Find Your Place Here.
Apple Valley is the perfect community for those who want suburban living with great schools and city access. Not only is Apple Valley just a 20-minute commute to the Twin Cities, but it is only 15 minutes from the international airport and a mere 10 minutes away from the Mall of America.
You can find all kinds of activities within Apple Valley. It is also home to 49 recreational parks with over 60 miles of trails, multiple golf courses, and the Minnesota Zoo, one of the finest year-round zoos in the nation, bringing animals from across the world to your own backyard. It is clear why in 2010 CNNMoney.com ranked Dakota County, where Apple Valley is located, as the 17th best place to live in the United States. If you are searching for homes for sale in Apple Valley, MN, view our Apple Valley real estate listings today.
Apple Valley provides great amenities that help residents stay active. From the community center, to the aquatic center, to parks and trails, there are plenty of places to get out and move. The Apple Valley Parks and Recreation department also offers leagues and programs for residents of all ages. Whether you want to join a golf league or learn how to skate, Apple Valley has a program for you!
If you love to shop, Apple Valley is the perfect place for you. With three major shopping centers located nearby, this community has access to everything and anything. The Mall of America is just five minutes from the city, Burnsville Center is situated right on the western border, and the Paragon Outlet Mall is a short drive away! Apply Valley also provides three transit stations that stop at the MOA and Paragon Outlet Mall every 15 minutes!
Hungry? Whether you are looking for a quick bite or a sit-down dining experience, Apple Valley has a restaurant for you. From Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, served up fresh in minutes, to Vivo Kitchen’s seafood linguini, and everything in between you’ll find it here.
The city of Apple Valley is proud to be a GreenTown, one of 15,000 communities dedicated to environmental sustainability. The city has single-sort recycling and promotes energy-saving initiatives to help make the community a better, healthier, greener place.
Independent School District 196, known as the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School District, serves the residents of Apple Valley. The district is the 4th largest in the state of Minnesota, and is proud to have six National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence designations. ISD 196 is consistently recognized as being among the nation’s top school districts.
The Minnesota Valley Transit Authority provides public transportation services to the residents of Apple Valley. The MVTA provides buses that connect Apple Valley with its surrounding suburbs as well as with downtown Minneapolis.
As a statutory city, Apple Valley is run by a City Council. The council consists of the Mayor and four Councilmembers, all of which are elected at large.
Founded in 1969, Apple Valley’s development is largely attributed to Orin Thompson, a real estate developer. Because the civil planning firm that selected this area as the next Twin Cities growth was located in Apple Valley, California, the name was selected for the new development. Since its founding, the city has grown into a thriving suburb of over 49,000 residents.