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Frequently Asked Questions
When were prices and availability in Apple Valley, MN last updated?
Prices and availability in Apple Valley, MN were last updated on 6 Aug 2020.
What is the price range for a studio apartment in Apple Valley, MN?
The price range for a studio apartment in Apple Valley, MN is between $1,236 and $1,732.
What is the price range for a 1-bedroom apartment in Apple Valley, MN?
The price range for a 1-bedroom apartment in Apple Valley, MN is between $1,072 and $2,144.
What is the price range for a 2-bedroom apartment in Apple Valley, MN?
The price range for a 2-bedroom apartment in Apple Valley, MN is between $1,294 and $3,560.
What is the price range for a 3-bedroom apartment in Apple Valley, MN?
The price range for a 3-bedroom apartment in Apple Valley, MN is between $1,294 and $2,479.
Renter’s Guide to Apple Valley, MN
Apple Valley is located in northwest Dakota County, and is a suburb of Minneapolis. It’s a mid-size city that boasts low crime rates, good schools, and proximity to numerous employment and entertainment hubs. This diverse city is popular with families and young professionals alike and in 2013 it was ranked as the 17th best place to live in the U.S. by Money Magazine. It also ranks #21 in a list of suburbs with the best public schools in Minnesota.
With a population of 51,109, Apple Valley is the 18th most populous city in Minnesota, though with an area of 17.65 sq. miles, it is a far cry from the hustle and bustle of the big city.
Apple Valley is around 21 miles south of downtown Minneapolis, which can be accessed via highway 77. This highway terminates in the north of the city to become Cedar Avenue, and links to Interstate 35E just outside of the city, providing access in every direction.
The climate in Apple Valley consists of warm, wet summers, and cold snowy winters. With average highs of 82°F, July is the hottest month, while the coldest month is January, with average lows of 6°F. Throughout the year, residents can expect 32 inches of rain, and 45 inches of snow, which is slightly lower than other suburbs of Minneapolis. Rainfall is highest June through August, while most snowfall is typically experienced between late November and March.
Apple Valley, MN Demographics
- Total Population51,931
Female 25,818Male 26,113
- Median Age38.8
Cost of Living in Apple Valley, MN
Public transit in the city is provided by MVTA (Minnesota Valley Transit Authority), which run numerous bus routes throughout the metropolitan area. Direct lines run to both downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul from the Apple Valley Transitway Station, which offers a park and ride service. A one-way fare for either route costs $2.50 normally, or $3.25 during rush hour. If your company supports it, you can also buy a Metropass for $76 per month, which offers unlimited rides.
If you plan to use a private vehicle, expect to pay around $2.61 per gallon of gasoline. Alternatively, taxis typically start at $5, plus $2.50 per extra mile. Eating out should cost no more than $17 for a meal at an inexpensive restaurant, or $9 for a combo meal at a fast food joint. A 3-course meal for 2 will typically cost between $40 and $80, plus $5 for a pint of beer, or $4 for coffee.
Monthly utilities for a standard 915 sq. ft apartment should cost around $150, including basics such as water, electricity, heating, cooling, and garbage disposal. Connecting a good internet service will typically cost around $55 per month.
Living in Apple Valley, MN
A good location, relatively small size, and excellent schools make living in Apple Valley a top choice. It’s close enough to the big city to enjoy all the amenities on offer, while retaining a friendly small town vibe. Within the city, there are plenty of things to do, with most of what you’ll need within walking distance, including a wide range of independent restaurants.
Nightlife is somewhat lacking, with only one or two venues that stay open later, so younger adults may find they crave the choice they’d have in a larger city.
Things to Do in Apple Valley, MN
Apple Valley is home to a number of parks, green spaces, and trails, providing a wealth of entertainment for kids and adults alike. Sport fans will love Johnny Cake Ridge Park, which features baseball pitches, tennis courts, and much more, and frequently hosts competitions. Alimagnet Park is perfect for walking trails, fishing, and also features an 85 acre dog park.
The center of the city provides many shopping opportunities, and residents can find everything from groceries to art supplies. In addition, there’s a plethora of restaurants, including big name brands as well as local ma and pa joints. The Mall of America is a short drive or bus ride away and offers an unbeatable shopping and entertainment experience. For something a little more local however, check out the Apple Valley Farmers Market, every Saturday morning.
You can find most of the amenities associated with a bigger city within the center of Apple Valley, such as a movie theater, and Applause, a more traditional community theater. One of the main attractions, however, is Minnesota Zoo, a 485-acre preserve with creatures from across the globe. It’s great for kids, and is also home to a splash pad, playground, petting zoo, and events. For a little peace and quiet, there are normally occasions for adults only after 4pm.
To bring the community together, the city hosts several events throughout the year. Among the most notable are the July 4th Apple Valley Freedom Days, which features one of the largest parades in the area, plus a carnival and fireworks display, and the Apple Valley Winter Carnival.
Employment & Economy in Apple Valley, MN
With an average annual income of $85,185, households in Apple Valley well exceed national, county, and state averages. Employing 12.3% of the workforce, health care and social assistance is the most common industry, followed by retail trade, and manufacturing. Compared to other places, employment in the management of companies and enterprises sector is 2.25 times higher in Apple Valley, and it’s also the most well paid.
In terms of job groups, the most common occupations include office and administrative support roles, management occupations, and sales and related positions. The highest paid residents work in life, physical & social science occupations, followed by computer and mathematical occupations. A 2016 report found that the top employer in the city was the local school district.
Apple Valley, MN Households
- Total Number of Households19,655
Family 14,199Non-family 5,456
Children 6,642No Children 13,013
- Average People Per Household2.63
- Median Household Income$87,164
- Median Housing Costs Per Month$1,321
Education in Apple Valley, MN
Within Apple Valley, there are 3 high schools, 3 middle schools, and 6 elementary schools, all of which are operated by ISD 196 (Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School District). Eastview Senior High School is the top-rated high school, ranking 9th best public high school in Minnesota, and the 11th best for college prep in the state. It regularly rates well above average in terms of test scores, college readiness, and progress.
The top-rated middle school is Falcon Ridge, which is ranked #36 best public middle school in Minnesota, frequently obtaining test scores that are well above average. Highland Elementary School is the top-rated elementary school, placing #59 in a list of the best public elementary schools in Minnesota. Test scores and student progress are strong points, with scores well above average.
Apple Valley, MN Education Statistics
- No High School2%
- Some High School24%
- Some College26%
- Associate Degree10%
- Bachelor Degree26%
- Graduate Degree11%
Tips for Renting in Apple Valley, MN
If you’re planning to move to Apple Valley in order to commute to work in the city or other metro areas, it’s good to think about how you mean to travel before choosing a location. Those who don’t have a private vehicle will find some parts of Apple Valley very accommodating, while others can be a bit more of a struggle.
There are numerous apartments and homes within the more central neighborhoods around Cedar Avenue and 150th street west. Mostly featuring more modern housing stock, they put you within walking or cycling distance of the city’s major shopping areas, as well as the public transit station. These neighborhoods typically feature cookie cutter housing with less space per lot compared to the older developments that are generally found in the north of the city.
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