Apple Valley MN Community Profile

Staincrete is proud to offer its decorative concrete services to the people of Apple Valley Minnesota.  We thought you might like to know a bit more about this interesting and vibrant community.

History of Apple Valley

The original name of Apple Valley was Lebanon Township.  It was founded in 1969 by a real estate mogul by the name of Oris Thompson.  He studied where in the Twin Cities will there be an area where good and consistent growth can be expected. He was assisted by a company from Apple Valley California, hence the name.  The area that was decided upon was one and a half mile from County Road 42 and Cedar Avenue.


Statistic Apple Valley Minnesota National
Population 49,911 5,383,661 314,107,084
Population density (sq mi) 2,958 67 91
Median age 38.6 37.6 37.4
Male/Female ratio 1.0:1 1.0:1 1.0:1
Married (15yrs & older) 62% 58% 55%
Speak English 89% 89% 79%
Speak Spanish 3% 4% 13%

Apple Valley MN Cost of Living

Index Apple Valley Minnesota National
Cost of living index 109 102 100
Index Apple Valley Minnesota National
Goods & Services index 108 106 100
Groceries index 104 105 100
Health care index 106 110 100
Housing index 122 101 100
Transportation index 97 98 100
Utilities index 94 91 100

cost of living in the city is 7% higher than the state average

Cost of living is 9% higher than the national average

Cost of housing is 22% higher than the national average

In the event that the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used. Each cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. If the amount is below 100, it is lower than the national average. If the amount is above 100, it is higher than the national average.

Goods and Services

Item Apple Valley National avg. Difference
Haircut $24.91 $15.56 60.0%
Beauty Salon $33.76 $36.11 6.5%
Toothpaste $3.41 $2.47 37.8%
Shampoo $1.04 $0.96 7.8%
Movie $9.85 $10.13 2.8%
Bowling $4.06 $4.74 14.2%


Item Apple Valley National avg. Difference
Ground Beef $4.07 $3.98 2.2%
Fried Chicken $1.94 $1.41 37.9%
Milk $2.17 $2.06 5.0%
Potatoes $3.19 $2.98 7.0%
Pizza $10.59 $9.47 11.8%
Beer $8.92 $8.79 1.4%

Health Care

Item Apple Valley National avg. Difference
Optometrist $81.20 $101.04 19.6%
Doctor $134.89 $107.44 25.5%
Dentist $87.31 $90.42 3.4%
Ibuprofen $11.78 $9.28 27.0%
Lipitor $406.73 $426.50 4.6%

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median Income Per Year Per Month Max Budget (28% DTI) Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners $91,907 $7,659 $2,144 $2,757
Renters $43,631 $3,636 $1,018 $1,309

If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Apple Valley, MN, all you must look at is the percentage of monthly income that should be spent on housing expenses, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). Generally speaking, no more than 28 percent of your total gross income should be spent on your housing expenses and not more than 36 percent of your gross income on total expenses, including debts. In Apple Valley, MN, the median monthly income is $91,907 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $2,144 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $43,631, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $1,018 on monthly rental expenses.

Schools in Apple Valley, MN

The city is served by Independent School District 196 and is comprised of six elementary schools, three middle schools and three high schools. There is also a magnet school that serves 11th and 12th grade students. Other magnet schools include: Cedar Park Elementary which follows a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum. Other students also attend schools from other districts as Minnesota follows an open enrollment statute.

Place of Worship

Here are some of the places of worship in the city:

  • Apple Valley Baptist Church
  • Casa de Oracion
  • Grace Lutheran Church
  • Heritage Lutheran Church
  • Hope Church of the Christian and MA
  • River Valley Church
  • Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church
  • Spirit of Life Presbyterian Church
  • Christ Church
  • Community of Christ
  • The House
  • New Song Community Church
  • Promise Congregational Church

Businesses Based in Apple Valley, MN

Based on the city’s latest Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the major employers in Apple Valley are:

  • Independent School District 196
  • Target
  • Uponor
  • Walmar
  • Dakota County
  • Minnesota Zoo
  • Apple Valley Redi-Mix
  • Wings Financial Credit Union
  • Augustana Care
  • Apple Valley Ford

The rate of employment in the city has been steadily rising at a rate of 1.26% from 27,800 employed individuals in 2014 to 28,150 in 2015.

Restaurants & Nightlife

Vivo Kitchen Restaurant – considered the best restaurant in the city according to Trip Advisor, they offer a good whiskey and wine selection as well as pizzas and flat breads.  There is a nice patio section for alfresco dining. The wedge salad with Parmesan shrimp is quite fabulous.  Service is friendly and accommodating.

Taste of Thaiyai Restaurant – Excellent Thai meals that is easy on the pocket. Do try the Thai iced tea as well as the veggie egg rolls. The Rad Na with mock duck is absolutely fabulous.

Osaka Seafood Steakhouse Restaurant – Don’t let its strip mall location prevent you from trying out this gem of a restaurant. Food and service is excellent. Steak and salmon dinner or with shrimp is delightful.  The sushi is also quite fabulous as well. Try the tempura roll and the spicy snow crab roll.

Fun things to do in Apple Valley


Hayes Park – 14603 Hayes Road

Six fenced and lit courts behind Apple Valley Community Center

Pennock Park – 15445 Pennock Avenue

Hagemeister Park – 13000 Johnny Cake Ridge Road

Pickleball court lines on existing tennis courts


Johnny Cake Ridge Park – 14255 Johnny Cake Ridge Road


Alimagnet Park – 211 Ridgewood Drive

  • 12 holes
  • Holes 1-7: Open fairways scattered with mature trees
  • Holes 8-12 heavily wooded tight fairways

Minnesota Zoo – rests on a 485 acre preserve and features a plethora of local and global animals ranging from butterflies to grizzly bears from Russia.

Lebanon Hills Regional Park – The Park offers numerous lakes and beautiful hiking trails and campgrounds. There is also a visitor center.

Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve – the park sits on mostly undeveloped land and features multi-use trails. Great for bird watching and mountain biking activities.

Apple Valley Minnesota truly is a great place. If you’d like to talk know more about our concrete flooring services in Apple Valley, give us a call.  We can’t wait to meet you.