Apple Valley, MN Profile: Facts & Data


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Apple Valley, Minnesota - Basic Facts

The City of Apple Valley had a population of 54,509 as of July 1, 2020. Apple Valley ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Minnesota. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Apple Valley is located at latitude 44.7319 and longitude -93.2177 in Dakota County. The formal boundaries for the City of Apple Valley encompass a land area of 16.87 sq. miles and a water area of 0.69 sq. miles. Dakota County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 955 feet.

The City of Apple Valley (GNIS ID: 2393967) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Apple Valley: City of Apple Valley.


Apple Valley, MN Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 54,509 (100%)
Population in Households 54,195 (99.4%)
Population in Families 45,070 (82.7%)
Population in Group Quarters1 314 ( 0.6%)
Population Density 3,213
Diversity Index2 47


Median Household Income $93,528
Average Household Income $115,611
% of Income for Mortgage4 12%
Per Capita Income $44,748
Wealth Index5 150


Total HU (Housing Units) 21,780 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 16,512 (75.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 4,568 (21.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 701 ( 3.2%)
Median Home Value $270,031
Average Home Value $292,345
Housing Affordability Index3 188


Total Households 21,079
Average Household Size 2.57
Family Households 14,663
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 1.03% 1.69%
Households 1.09% 1.73%
Families 0.91% 1.59%
Median Household Income   1.42%
Per Capita Income   1.96%
Owner Occupied HU   1.65%


Apple Valley, MN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Apple Valley to the other 903 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Minnesota by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 17 98th
Population Density # 27 97th
Median Household Income # 79 91st
Housing Affordability Index # 439 49th
Per Capita Income # 66 93rd
Diversity Index # 82 91st

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