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Apple Valley

  •   State: 
    San Bernardino County
    Apple Valley
      County FIPS: 
    34°30′03″N 117°11′09″W
      Area total: 
    77.08 sq mi (199.63 km²)
      Area land: 
    77.01 sq mi (199.44 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.07 sq mi (0.18 km²)
    2,946 ft (898 m)
    Incorporated November 28, 1988
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA
    Pacific Standard Time (PST) UTC-8:00; Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) UTC-7:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Apple Valley, San Bernardino County, California, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    984.22 residents per square mile of area (380.01/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 
      Income taxes: 

Apple Valley is an incorporated town in the Victor Valley of San Bernardino County, in the U.S. state of California. It was incorporated on November 14, 1988, and is one of the 22 incorporated municipalities in California that use "town" in their names instead of "city" The town was home to Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, whose museum was first established in Apple Valley (in 1967) before the museum was relocated to Victorville in 1976. In 2003, the museum moved again, to Branson, Missouri. The museum closed for financial reasons on December 12, 2009. Apple Valley is governed by a town council. The mayor changes each December. The town is east of and adjoining to the neighboring cities of Victorville and Hesperia, 35 miles (56 km) south of Barstow, and 49 miles (79 km) north of San. Bernardino through the Cajon Pass. Its population was 75,791 at the 2020. census. The Apple Valley name was officially recognized when a post office was established in 1949. In the late 1930s, Ihmsen's son-law, Cal Godshall, took the business over and made the famous California college rodeo famous. Apple farming in the area started to decline about the time Ihhsen's ranch was at its prime. During World War I, many families left the mostly agricultural area looking for work for work in Washington and British Columbia. A series of virulent fungal outbreaks ended commercial fruit production in 1944 and 1945.


Apple Valley is the primary city name, but also Jess Ranch are acceptable city names or spellings. Apple Valley was populated by Shoshonean, Paiute, Vanyume, Chemehuevi, and Serrano. The area was explored by various Spanish gold seekers in the 18th and 19th centuries. In the 1860s, LaFayette Mecham built the wagon road, a short-cut across the desert. In 1885, the railroad came northward through the Cajon Pass and established a train stop, calling it Victorville. The Apple Valley name was officially recognized when a post office was established in 1949. A series of outbreaks of a virulent fungal infection coupled with frost, heat, and hail in 1944, 1945, and 1946 ended commercial production. World War I took owners and workers away with the draft. During the Great Depression, many families left the mostly agricultural area looking for work. In 1915, Max Ihmsen, publisher of the Los Angeles Examiner newspaper, developed 320 acres (1.3 km²) of apples and pears. The fame of Apple Valley spread as IhMSen's fruit won many agricultural awards in the late 1930s and early 1940s. Apple Valley became famous as the birthplace of California college rodeo with the first intercollegiate rodeo competition held in the United States. It was also the site of the Apple Valley Inn until it closed in 1986. The town of Victorville boomed as the commercial center of the area with gold refineries, quarries, and dance halls and saloons.


Apple Valley is located at the southern edge of the Mojave Desert. It is bordered by the cities of Victorville on the west and Hesperia on the southwest sides, with the unincorporated community of Lucerne Valley a distance to the east and the city of Barstow about 30 miles (48 km) to the north. Apple Valley, along with Victorville, Hesperia, Adelanto, and immediate surrounding areas, are commonly known as the Victor Valley. The primary thoroughfare through Apple Valley is State Route 18, which was given the moniker "Happy Trails Highway" within Apple Valley town limits, after the theme song of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, who once resided on Outer Highway 18. According to the Köppen climate classification, Apple Valley has a semiarid climate (BSk) The city features cool winters and very hot, dry summers. Seasonal high winds occur occasionally in spring and fall. The highest recorded temperature was 116 °F (47 °C) in 2002. On average, the warmest month is July, and the coolest month is December. The town is bounded on its southern edge by the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains. It has a total area of 73.5 square miles (190 km²), of which 73.2 square miles are land and 0.3 square miles, or 0.78 km², is covered by water. The elevation of the town is about 2,900 ft (880 m) above sea level.


At the 2010 census, Apple Valley had a population of 69,135. The racial makeup of Apple Valley was 47,762 (69.1%) White (55.5% non-Hispanic White), 6,321 (9.1%), African American, Native American, 2,020 (2.9%) Asian, 294 (0.4%) Pacific Islander, 8,345 (12.1) from other races, and 3,614 (5.2%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 20,156 persons (29.2%). At the 2000 census, 54,239 people, 18,557 households, and 14,363 families resided in the town. The average household size was 2.91, with 17,710 families (75.0% of households); the average family size was 3.32. The median household income was $48,432, with 20.2% of the population living below the federal poverty line. The city had 1,582 unmarried opposite-sex partnerships and 177 same-sex married couples or partnerships; 4,743 households were one person and 2,429 (10.3%) had someone living alone who was 65 or older. The age distribution was 19,306 people under 18, 6,494 people (9,4%) 18 to 24, 15,068 people (21.8%) 25 to 44, 17,602 people (25.5%) 45 to 64, and 10,665 people (15.4%), with the median age of 37.0 years.


According to Apple Valley's 2020 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the town's largest employers are: Apple, Apple Valley, and Apple Valley Technologies. The town's economy is based on manufacturing, construction, and other small businesses. Apple Valley is home to more than 1,000 small businesses, according to the report. The city's largest employer is Apple Valley and its second largest are Apple Valley Technology and Apple Silicon Valley. The largest employer in the town is Apple, which employs about 1,200 people. It is also home to Apple and its sister company, Apple Technology, which has more than 500 employees. The biggest employer in Apple Valley was Apple Valley Software, with more than 100 employees. Apple and Apple Technology are among the top three employers in the city, the report says. It's also the largest employer for Apple Valley Tech, with over 100 employees in the company's software division. The company is also one of the largest employers for Apple's small business division, with nearly 100 workers in the small business sector. The top employer in town is the town-owned Apple Valley Hospital, with about 50 employees in its small business unit. The hospital is the largest provider of emergency medical services in the area. It also has the largest number of full-time jobs in the county, with almost 1,100. The most jobs are in the construction industry, followed by the retail industry, with around 1,500 workers. The next largest employers in town are the two largest manufacturing companies, including Apple andApple Valley.


The Sunset Hills Memorial Park and Mortuary was opened in 1995 on Waalew Road. Dale Evans and Roy Rogers are buried there. The town council started the process to take over the private water system in 2016. Law enforcement is provided by the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. Fire, rescue, and paramedic services are provided by Apple Valley Fire Protection District. American Medical Response provides patient transportation via paramedic/EMT ambulances. For confidential support call the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90, visit a local Samaritans branch, or see for details. In the U.S. call the National Suicide Prevention Line on 1-800-273-TALK (8255). For support in the UK, call the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90 or visit a Samaritans local branch, or see the National Suicide Prevention Line for details.


Apple Valley is in California's 21st Senate District and 33rd Assembly District. It is in the 8th congressional district, represented by Republican Jay Obernolte. Apple Valley is part of the Central Valley region of the San Francisco Bay Area. The Apple Valley area is home to the Apple Valley High School, which was founded in 1903. The school is located in Apple Valley, California, and is located on the California Bay Valley Line. It was founded by the California State University, San Francisco, in 1903, and later moved to Apple Valley. It has been the site of a high school since the 1950s, when it was founded. The high school is now part of Apple Valley Unified School District, which is based in the town's downtown area. The district is in a rural area, and has a population of about 2,000. The town has a history of being involved in local politics, particularly in the 1970s and 1980s. In the 1990s, Apple Valley was part of California's 21st Senate district and the 33rd Assembly district. It also has a section of the California Bay Area, in which it is located. The city has a small portion of the Santa Cruz Mountains, which are also in the state's Central Valley. The area has a reputation for being a hotbed of illegal activity, especially in the early 1990s and early 2000s. The region has a high percentage of residents who have been involved in illegal drug activity.


Apple Valley Unified School District operates two comprehensive high schools (912), five TK8 schools, and five TK6 schools. One charter school offers transitional kindergarten to grade 12, and one private school offers preschool tograde 12. The district also operates two middle schools (K8) and one elementary school (K6) The district is located in the northern part of the town of Apple Valley, California. The school district has a population of 912, with a population growth rate of 1.8% in the last five years. It is located near the town's central business district, which is home to Apple Valley High School and the Apple Valley Christian Academy. It also has a number of private schools, one of which is a charter school. It has one of the largest student populations in the state, with more than 2,000 students in the school district's high school class of 2009. The high school district also has one middle school and five elementary schools. It operates two elementary schools and a middle school in the high school section of the district, as well as two middle and high schools in the middle school portion of thedistrict. The schools are located near Apple Valley and the city's central Business District, which includes the town center, the city center, and the north side of the city. The town has a high school population of 6,000, with 1,200 students in its high school Class of 2009, and 1,100 students in their middle school class. The city has one charter school, the Apple valley Christian Academy (Pre12).

In popular culture

Apple Valley has been a filming location for many award-winning feature films, TV shows/movies, and commercials. The Hard Ride (1971) was filmed at Oro Grande Wash and in nearby Lucerne Valley.Ordinary People (1980), winner of four Oscars, starring Mary Tyler Moore, golf scenes were filmed in Apple Valley., featuring Danica Patrick and Shia LaBeouf, was filmed in the town. The Eagle Eye (2008), starring Shia La beouf and Jane Russell, was shot at Apple Valley Inn. The Case of the Roving River, from "Perry Mason" (1961), was filmed on location at the old Apple Valley Airport (old airport location coordinates: 34.528°N 117.215°W), near the town of Victorville. The Bronze Buckaroo (1939), starring Herb Jeffries, was directed by Roger Corman and filmed at Murray's Dude Ranch. The Hills Have Eyes (1977), was shot in Apple valley and nearby Victorville, starring Audie Murphy and Richard Conte and Joan Bennett. The Hangover (1954), starring Rory Calhoun and Walter Brennan, was also filmed at Apple valley. The Big Lebowski (1989), starring Tom Hanks, was set in the area. The Sopranos (1989) was shot on location in the city of Los Angeles, starring Tom Cruise and Amy Adams. The Muppets (1990) were shot in Los Angeles and nearby San Francisco.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Apple Valley, San Bernardino County, California = 1. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 48. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 10. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Apple Valley = 5.7 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 75,791 individuals with a median age of 33.6 age the population grows by 36.97% in Apple Valley, San Bernardino County, California population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 984.22 residents per square mile of area (380.01/km²). There are average 2.94 people per household in the 25,088 households with an average household income of $52,112 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 15.30% of the available work force and has dropped -6.49% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 11.72%. The number of physicians in Apple Valley per 100,000 population = 133.8.


The annual rainfall in Apple Valley = 5.2 inches and the annual snowfall = 0.1 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 21. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 283. 98 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 30.4 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 26, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Apple Valley, San Bernardino County, California which are owned by the occupant = 64.74%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 20 years with median home cost = $115,430 and home appreciation of -16.64%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $9.16 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $4,266 per student. There are 26.7 students for each teacher in the school. 10867.94% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 9.89% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 6.53% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Apple Valley's population in San Bernardino County, California of 1,348 residents in 1900 has increased 56,22-fold to 75,791 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 51.63% female residents and 48.37% male residents live in Apple Valley, San Bernardino County, California.

    As of 2020 in Apple Valley, San Bernardino County, California are married and the remaining 39.54% are single population.

  • 33.7 minutes is the average time that residents in Apple Valley require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    76.35% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 15.58% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 0.78% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 4.38% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Apple Valley, San Bernardino County, California, 64.74% are owner-occupied homes, another 27.07% are rented apartments, and the remaining 8.19% are vacant.

  • The 41.02% of the population in Apple Valley, San Bernardino County, California who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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