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Overview

Introduction to Apple Valley, California

The California town of Apple Valley is located at the southern edge of the Mojave Desert in San Bernardino County's Victor Valley, about 46 miles north of San Bernardino and 90 miles northeast of Los Angeles. The town is situated on California State Highway 18 and only a short distance east of Interstate I-15. Other major thoroughfares near Apple Valley include U.S. Route 395 and State Highway 247. Neighboring communities include Victorville (to the west), Adelanto (to the northwest) and Hesperia (to the southwest).

Named by an early settler around the turn of the century for its abundance of apple fields, Apple Valley relied on apple growing as its principal industry up until the time of World War I. In subsequent years, a number of factors (including fungus, frosts, and rising cost of electricity to operate the water pumps) combined to kill off many orchards and severely impact the once-thriving industry. By mid-century, enterprising land developers discovered the area and a bedroom community took root. Modern homes, golf courses, and other recreational facilities sprung up; and within a ten-year period, three elementary schools and a junior high school were built and expanded. The town soon became a retreat for movie stars and the site of several movie productions. Among its more noted residents were Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, who claim Apple Valley as their final resting place. The town was incorporated in 1988.

Apple Valley Area Attractions

A unique feature of Apple Valley is a network of equestrian trails that allow easy travel by horseback through many areas of the town. Annual town events include July's Freedom Festival (an old fashioned Independence Day celebration) and the Apple Valley Round Up, a September festival which includes a parade, carnival and entertainment lasting throughout an entire weekend. Nearby Victorville is home to the California Route 66 Museum, which celebrates the famed national highway with exhibits, artifacts, and photographs. Also in Victorville is the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds, home to the County Fair, which draws tens of thousands annually to enjoy a rodeo, carnival, award-winning livestock, stage shows, and much more. Sports fans can find pro baseball in the neighboring town of Adelanto, home to the High Desert Mavericks, the Class Triple-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. The resort areas of Lake Arrowhead, Big Bear, and Wrightwood are only an hour's drive from Apple Valley, which is also only a short drive from the wide array of entertainment opportunities available in Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

People

Total Population 71,083
Male Share of the Population 47.9%
Female Share of the Population 52.1%
Senior Citizens 16.7%
Employed Population 16+ 23,451
Age of the Population 38

Families

% of people married 48.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17%
Median Earnings25+ $36,266
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,948
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,051

Wealth

Median Family Income $54,240
% Above Poverty Level 79.4%
% Below Poverty Level 20.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 5.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.8%

Housing

People Living Alone 20.1%
Median Gross Rent $944
Median House Value $179,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 50.4%
US/American 0.2%
English 8.4%
Irish 9.7%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Apple Valley Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 39 miles N of Riverside, California
County San Bernardino
Standard Zip Codes 92307, 92308
Phone Area Codes 760
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.5
Longitude -117.185

Apple Valley Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station VICTORVILLE PUMP PLANT
Distance 6.9 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 60 F
Apr Temp 42 to 75 F
Jul Temp 61 to 99 F
Oct Temp 45 to 81 F
Annual Precip 6.2 inches
Station BIG BEAR LAKE
Distance 24.4 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 47 F
Apr Temp 28 to 58 F
Jul Temp 47 to 81 F
Oct Temp 32 to 64 F
Annual Precip 21.1 inches
Station SAN BERNARDINO F S 226
Distance 25.7 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 67 F
Apr Temp 49 to 77 F
Jul Temp 63 to 96 F
Oct Temp 54 to 83 F
Annual Precip 16.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Adelanto 32,059 $32,357
Big Bear Lake 5,145 $50,516
Hesperia 92,309 $48,780
Victorville 120,703 $49,290

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Apple Valley Hospitals

ST MARY MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
18300 HIGHWAY 18
(760) 242-2311
Emergency Service: Yes

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Apple Valley High Schools

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GRANITE HILLS HIGH
2290 ESAWS
760-961-2290
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 2,078 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26

APPLE VALLEY HIGH
11837 NAVAJO
760-247-7206
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,952 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.1

ACADEMY FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE
17500 MANA ROAD
760-946-5414
A Charter School.
Serves 940 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.1

APPLE VALLEY ALTERNATIVE EDUCATIONAL CENTER
13063 PAWNEE RD.
760-240-4252
A Non-traditional School
Serves 241 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 29.4

WILLOW PARK HIGH (CONT.)
21950 NISQUALLY ROAD
760-240-4252
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 146 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.3

DESERT MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY DAY
17800 HWY. 18
760-242-6322
A Non-traditional School
Serves 132 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12

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