Apple Valley MN

Apple Valley, MN

Apple Valley MN

Bike-Friendly, Home To Friendly Folks

History of Apple Valley MN

The roots of Apple Valley MN can be traced back to the mid-1800s when it was just a farming community known as Lebanon Township. It is believed that the first settlers in the area came from the east coast at around 1855. On April 6, 1858, the Dakota County Board of Commissioners created Union Township. Two years later, the board met again and changed the boundaries of the township. The Lebanon Township was created from a portion of the former Union Township.

On May 11, 1858, the first town meeting was held in a home near what is now the Westview Elementary School. For its first century, the name of Lebanon Township remained the same. In 1881, the town’s population was 252 and jumped to 585 in 1960.
In the mid-1950s, the township began to transform. Residential neighborhoods were developed in the spring of 1955. In 1962, a Planning Commission was established. In 1963, Orrin Thompson began building in the area and selected the name Apple Valley for several of his flats on either side of County Road 42. Thompson had an apple tree at each home developed. Three years later, a volunteer fire department was organized.

During the general election of 1968, residents voted to incorporate the Town of Lebanon as the Village of Apple Valley. The community became a statutory city on January 1, 1974.

Apple Valley Demographics

Area: 17.5 sq miles/ 11,181 Acres
Parks, Recreation & Preserves (in 2010): 1,534 Acres
Population (2010): 49,084
Households (2010): 18,875
Employment (2011): 14,350

Apple Valley Housing

As Apple Valley’s housing stock ages, the city is providing resources for owners to keep these aging properties in good condition. The city has a rental registration ordinance which requires owners of any residential rental property to register with the city.


Located just 5 minutes south of the Mall of America, Apple Valley is a natural hub when visiting the south part of the Twin Cities. The city has 600 acres of parks and 60 miles of recreational trails. Some of the major attractions in Apple Valley, MN include the following:

1. Minnesota Zoo
2. IMAX Theatre (Great Clips)
3. Mall of America
4. Golf
5. Waterpark
6. Live Music
7. Bowling
8. Buck Hill Downhill Skiing

Apple Valley, MN’s downtown has hotels, shopping, restaurants, and local attractions are all within walking or short driving distance.

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