Incorporated November 28, 1988
Motto: "A Better Way of Life"
Form of Government
Council/Manager; General Law City
Motto: "A Better Way of Life"
Location and Size
The Town of Apple Valley is located in the heart of the Victor Valley in the County of San Bernardino, at an elevation of 3,000 feet. Known as the "High Desert", Apple Valley is strategically located 95 miles northeast of the Los Angeles metropolitan area, 140 miles north of San Diego, and 185 miles south of Las Vegas. The Town has 78 square miles in its incorporated boundaries, and a sphere of influence encompassing 200 square miles.
Apple Valley experiences an average of 350 days of sunshine per year with winter temperatures dipping into the low 20s to high 70s, and summer temperatures ranging from the low 40s through 110 degrees Fahrenheit. Prevailing winds range from 5-10 knots/hour from the south/southwest to the northeast. The combination of weather and geography unveils the hidden treasures of the High Desert's dramatic landscapes and exquisite sunsets.
Currently, 71,107 (2015) residents make Apple Valley their home. Once a playground of movie stars, Apple Valley continues to provide a wide range of reasons for families to make Apple Valley their home. The average household income is $62,760 and our taxable sales for a year period have reached $388.6 million. The population of the entire Victor Valley region is now more than 443,000.
Apple Valley is laying a foundation for future prosperity through its overall economic development program. Current plans include recruiting businesses to the new industrial park surrounding the Apple Valley Airport, and to the commercial locations in Town having the highest potential for development. Apple Valley offers both established and new businesses an unequalled climate for success.
Apple Valley has 15 parks and facilities managed and operated by the Town of Apple Valley Park and Recreation department. Two golf courses (one 18-hole, one 27-hole) are located within Apple Valley, as well as extensive trails for walking, biking and horseback riding.
Apple Valley is proud of its 2 senior high schools, 3 K-8 academies, and 8 elementary schools. The public school system is managed and operated by the Apple Valley Unified School District. Apple Valley is also home to a nationally recognized laboratory school that gives students a hands-on science and math education - the Lewis Center for Academic Excellence. They were recently listed in the top 6% of schools nation-wide by the U.S. News and World Report. Apple Valley also has three private schools that offer distinguished award-winning private school curricula.
Apple Valley has emerged as a leader in advanced health care systems, spanning the gamut from pediatric services to radiology, with St. Mary Medical Center as the hub of state-of-the-art medical services.
Lifestyle is unique in Apple Valley ranging from affordable housing for the first-time buyer, to affordable equestrian estates and executive manors. A 1,400-acre master planned retirement community offers a wide range of senior housing.
Clean air, low crime rates, and open spaces permits Apple Valley to be the land of opportunity for those who are seeking a better place to live, work and play.
- Points of Interest:
- Apple Valley Airport, 21600 Corwin Road
- Lewis Center for Academic Excellence, 20702 Thunderbird Road
- San Bernardino County Desert/Mountain Educational Service Center, 17800 Highway 18
- Sunset Hills Memorial Park, 24000 Waalew Road, Gravesite for Roy Rogers and Dale Evans
- Victor Valley Museum and Art Gallery, 11873 Apple Valley Road
- Historic Apple Valley Inn, 20601 US HWY 18
- Local multi-use trails for hiking, mountain biking & equestrian use
- Apple Valley Country Club
- Ashwood Golf Course at Solera Jess Ranch