Apple Valley At A Glance

Apple Valley California Information

Source 2015 ESRI; Town of Apple Valley; CA EDD December 2015

Demographic Overview
Current population (2015) — 71,107
Current regional population* (2015) — 443,000
Average household size (2015) — 2.90
Median age (2015) — 37.5
Home ownership (2015) — 61%
Total households (2015) — 24,332

Ethnic Breakdown of Apple Valley Residents
White — 55.5%
Hispanic — 29.3%
Black — 8.6%
All other — 3.9%
Asian — 2.7%
Source: HdL Companies 2015

Historic and Projected Population Estimates
2000 — 54,239
2005 — 63,868
2010 — 69,135
2015 — 71,107
2020 — 73,393

Age Distribution of Population
0-14 — 14,755
15-24 — 10,466
25-34 — 8,526
35-54 — 15,853
55-74 — 16,037
75 and older — 5,471

Educational Attainment of Population over 25 Years of Age
Years of school completed — Total (2015)
Less than high school — 6,455
High school — 13,480
Some college — 12,995
Associate degree — 4,311
Bachelor’s degree — 3,851
Graduate degree — 3,126

Household Income Distribution
Per capita (2015) — $21,614
Median household (2015) — $45,554
Average household (2015) — $62,760
Under $35,000 — 39%
$35,000-$49,999 — 15%
$50,000-$74,999 — 15%
$75,000-$99,999 — 11%
Over $100,000 — 20%

Date | Total | Unemployed | Unemployment rate
2015 | 28,100 | 1,700 | 6.2%

January low/high — 31 f/60 f
July low/high — 61 f/99 f
Prevailing wind speed — 5-10 knots/hour
Annual precipitation (inches) — 4.7”
Elevation (feet) — 2,947

Housing Cost & Availability
Starter — $150,000-$212,000
Median — $250,000-$400,000
Executive — $450,000-$700,000
# homes on market — 332
Average time on market — 73 Days
Source: Coldwell Banker Commercial Mid-Year Market Review 2016

Rental Costs
Single-family home
(3-bedroom, 2-bath) — $1,000-$1,300
Apartments (2-bedroom) — $850 – 1,000
Source: Coldwell Banker Commercial Mid-Year Market Review 2016

Crime Rate
Property crime rate per 100,000 — 1,894
Violent crime rate per 100,000 — 221
Crime rate (total incidents) — 2,110
Source: 2012 Crime (Actual Data)

Sunset Hills Memorial Park and Mortuary

Nestled into the Sycamore Rocks at the east end of Apple Valley, Sunset Hills Memorial Park is not only one of the most scenic areas of the Valley, but it is quickly becoming a tourist destination. The cemetery’s popularity is partly due to its most famous residents, King of the Cowboys Roy Rogers and his wife, Queen of the West Dale Evans. Dale Evans so firmly believed in Sunset Hills, that she spent many hours there after the death of Roy. Dale would sit at the Rogers Family Estate Garden overlooking the valley, working on some of her many books.

Shortly after the passing of Roy, Dale approached Sunset Hills founder Chet Hitt about building a chapel in honor of her late husband. Hitt responded that no tribute to Roy would be complete without mention of Dale and the idea for the Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Sunset Chapel was born. He made a promise to Dale on that day, and on Feb. 19, 2007, that promise was fulfilled.

Today, the Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Sunset Chapel is a place of celebration that Dale would have been proud of.

In fact, at the Chapel Grand Opening in 2007, Roy “Dusty” Rogers Jr. praised Hitt for maintaining the “spirit of life and celebration” that meant so much to his mother. In addition to the “Celebrations of Life,” which the Chapel was built for, more and more couples are choosing to celebrate the beginning of their lives together, with a wedding on the chapel grounds. Charities and other local organizations have found that the chapel, with its state-of-the-art technology, knowledgeable and caring staff and flexible layout, is the perfect location for their events.

Sunset Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary is nationally recognized as one of the most innovative and beautiful funeral facilities anywhere, and national media and funeral industry executives often visit the park “to see what Chet Hitt’s been up to.” Using the natural rockscape of the park as well as artificial rocks and grass, estate gardens and mausoleums have been designed which allow the families of Sunset Hills to own the most unique cemetery property available today.

Photos of all of the properties of Sunset Hills, as well as service schedules, online obituaries and live webcasts are available on the company website,

Apple Valley Shopping

From the large shopping malls to outlet centers and convenient local retail stores, you will be pleasantly surprised at the conveniently located shopping experience in and around Apple Valley.

National brands — retailers, restaurants and financial institutions represented in the area include:

Dollar Tree
Auto Zone
Home Depot
Bank of America
JP Morgan Chase
Bed Bath & Beyond
K Mart
Stater Bros.
Best Buy
Big Five Sporting Goods
Big Lots
O’Reilly Auto Parts
Verizon Wireless
Buffalo Wild Wings
Panda Express
Burlington Coat Factory
Red Robin
Wells Fargo
Rite Aid
CVS Pharmacy

If the larger stores are not what you are looking for, you can still find the perfect combination of old and new in The Village of Apple Valley, the original heart of Apple Valley. “Where Neighborhood Business is Tradition,” this historical business district offers an advantageous mix of commercial uses including retail stores, service-related businesses, warehousing and light industry.

Living in Apple Valley

Apple Valley’s half-acre minimum lot size makes it unique among High Desert communities. This tradition began with founders Newt Bass and Bud Westlund in the 1940s.

Bass and Westlund built quality homes with a flavor of the West, and the larger lots allowed for horses, creating the ideal setting for an upscale equestrian lifestyle.

There is no place like home, especially when home is in Apple Valley. The area continues as one of the nation’s top housing markets. Within this explosive market, Apple Valley ranks as the premier residential community.

Clean air, low population density, low crime rates, excellent schools and a suburban, semi-rural lifestyle are some of the reasons families first purchased their homes in Apple Valley. Apple Valley continues to be the first choice of homeowners who demand a quality lifestyle. Spacious custom homes on large lots typify Apple Valley’s residential community. From affordable half-acre ranchettes, equestrian estates or executive manors, Apple Valley offers housing choices for all.

Apple Valley is almost entirely single-family detached homes, with over 54 percent owner occupied; the median home value is $192,600.

Custom homes have been the norm in Apple Valley over the years. However, quality, upscale, gated communities within Apple Valley are now in high demand. Finding your new home in Apple Valley will be easy because of the outstanding real estate companies in the area. You will be amazed at the selection and options you have. Come and take a look.


Beautiful sunshine 90 percent of the year and clear high desert air means Apple Valley is ideally suited for the outdoor enthusiast. From its central location, you can drive to the beach, the mountains or both — in one day. Or stick close to home and enjoy the myriad opportunities at your doorstep.

A unique feature of the community is a network of equestrian trails that allow easy travel by horseback through many areas of the town. Horse enthusiasts will find a very active equestrian community, with many planned events at Horsemen’s Center (a town-owned facility featuring arenas and riding trails).

If you prefer traveling by golf cart rather than horseback, Apple Valley is home to two public golf courses. Beautiful greens and outstanding courses offer challenges for the advanced golfer, while still providing an enjoyable experience for beginners. Many famous golfers and celebrities have tried their hand at the Apple Valley Golf Course, including Lloyd Mangrum (1914-1973) who was ranked 10th on the all-time list of PGA tour wins at his induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1998.

Across town, the scenic vistas of the public Ashwood Golf Course make for a great day of golfing, regardless of the final score. For variety, the avid golfer can also try one of the other half dozen golf courses in neighboring communities, including Spring Valley Lake, Victorville Municipal Golf Course and the Hesperia Golf Course.

Local fishing opportunities abound at the Jess Ranch trout farm, Hesperia Lakes and in the numerous local mountain lakes, providing relaxing fun for the entire family.

With great expanses of natural desert at Apple Valley’s back door, local groups of conservationists and outdoor enthusiasts regularly organize hikes to view everything from wildflowers

to historic sites. Some may prefer to go exploring on their own, and will be thrilled to rediscover mysterious petroglyphs carved into desert boulders and cliffs along the Mojave River by early inhabitants (whose only other memorials are a few primitive tools left near ancient campsites).

Calico Early Man Site is another must-see for visitors to the high desert. This was the only New World archaeology project undertaken by the renowned archaeologist/paleontologist Dr. Louis S. B. Leakey. The site is located about 15 miles northeast of Barstow off Interstate 15. The history of this site dates back to 1942 when amateur archaeologists discovered what they believed to be primitive stone tools in this area — fragments of which were embedded in the sediments of an ancient Pleistocene Era lake shoreline called Lake Manix.

Off-road vehicle riding is popular and welcome in nearby designated areas. Sand washes, dunes and mesquite thickets cover the 22,500-acre Rasor Road open area 45 miles northwest of Barstow. Rolling hills and open valleys invite riders willing to travel to this remote area. Elevations range from 2,427 square feet down to 1,275 feet at the Mojave River.

The area also offers opportunities for hiking, rock scrambling, rock hounding and plant, bird and wildlife watching. Keep an eye out for the desert tortoise, a state and federally listed threatened species. Also, riders are urged to stick to the designated riding areas to avoid the many deep mine shafts in the vicinity.

Locally, the Town of Apple Valley Parks and Recreation Department offers a wide variety of recreation and sports activities for all ages — from special-interest classes to sports leagues to after school programs to excursions. A quarterly Recreation Activity Guide is mailed to residents to keep them apprised of the fun.

Some of the classes offered through the department include painting, dancing, computers and even “Puppy Kindergarten.” A comprehensive pee-wee sports program teaches 3- to 5-year-olds the building blocks of sport skills and teamwork in a noncompetitive environment. Open rides and campfires at Horsemen’s Center bring the equestrian community together, and day camps offer kids a fun and safe place to go during school breaks.

A year-round calendar of town-wide special events provides fun in a family environment. Events include Sunset Concert Series, the Fourth of July Freedom Festival (an old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration) and an annual Easter Egg Hunt. The department also manages 15 parks and special-use facilities throughout the town.

The ski and recreation areas of Big Bear, Lake Arrowhead and Wrightwood are only an hour’s drive from Apple Valley. These resort areas offer skiing in the winter and boating and lake activities in the summer.

Oktoberfest is celebrated in Big Bear in traditional German fashion with music and beer halls. Lake Arrowhead offers outstanding shopping opportunities and a robust cultural environment with many music and art festivals.

In addition to being close to nature, Apple Valley is a short drive from the entertainment opportunities of Los Angeles and Las Vegas. A less-than-two-hour drive will bring you to the beaches and major attractions of the L.A. area. An easy three-hour drive on I-15 will put you in the glow of the casino lights at Stateline and Las Vegas, where visitors can enjoy a variety of top entertainment and family recreation in addition to gambling.

Apple Valley is a great place to live and play. Don’t miss the opportunity to find out what our founders knew: Apple Valley is a great place to raise a family in the wide, open spaces — a place for “A Better Way of Life.”

Location and Transportation

The key to Apple Valley’s history and current prosperity is transportation. With the Mojave River and the Cajon Pass running through it, our area is the natural corridor to Southern California. Spanish priests, Mormon settlers and the railroads knew our area was the safest and fastest way to travel to and from Southern California. In fact, the existence of water in the Mojave River had made this a natural route for Native Americans over the centuries. The coincidence of the location of Cajon Pass near the source of the Mojave River is a history-making combination.

In 1769, Lt. Pedro Fages led the first Spanish exploration through the Cajon Pass. The following year, Juan Bautista de Anza opened the Santa Fe Trail across the desert from the missions of Arizona and Sonora, and Francisco Garces led a party up the Colorado River to Needles and across the desert to the Victor Valley in 1776. Explorer John Fremont traveled throughout much of the territory. In 1844, he returned to Washington after traveling across the Cajon Pass and along the “Mohahve” River.

Eventually, the railroad came to Victor Valley. Overcoming a difficult task of engineering, the first track climbed and wound over Cajon Pass from San Bernardino to arrive in 1883. Built by the California Southern Railroad (later AT&SF) under the supervision of L. N. Victor, the line reached the Atlantic & Pacific (UPRR) junction at Barstow/Daggett in 1885. In 1923, the road crossing the pass was paved for the first time.

The area has always been known as the gateway to North America, and, as the facilities become more congested in Southern California, business and industry are turning their attention northward. Less congestion means faster movement of goods, and savings to companies who have to compete in the national and international market.

Highways: Apple Valley is served by a modern, well-coordinated highway system. Interstate 15 extends southward to San Diego, connecting with Interstate 10 and 215 and State Routes 60 and 91.

Northbound, I-15 runs to Las Vegas, and connects with State Route 58 and Interstate 40.

State Route 18 is the major northern east-west corridor in Apple Valley, and its proposed realignment — along with intermodal transportation facilities in Barstow (20 minutes) and San Bernardino (40 minutes) — will significantly enhance the region’s already formidable presence in the transportation of goods and services in and out of the Los Angeles basin.

Rail: Amtrak passenger services are available at the Victorville Transit Center (16838 D St., Victorville).

Trucks: Roadway Express, Inc. (located 20 minutes away from Apple Valley) and Yellow Freight Systems, Inc. (one hour away from Apple Valley), serve the major trucking needs of the area.

Air: The newly expanded Ontario International Airport, a one-hour drive from Apple Valley on Interstate 10, handles passenger travel for Apple Valley.

Apple Valley Airport is the gem of the county’s high desert, located in the Town of Apple Valley. Built in 1970, it is the gateway to the Victor Valley region and offers a year-round VFR. Flight services available at Apple Valley Airport include fuel, food, maintenance, charters, rentals and flight training.

Southern California Logistics Airport is located 10 miles from Apple Valley. The City of Victorville and Stirling, a Foothill Ranch, California-based development company, has a public/private partnership arrangement to redevelop the former George Air Force Base into Global Access. The partnership is dedicated to creating jobs and economic activity in the region. At completion, Global Access is anticipated to create more than 24,000 jobs and support another 18,500 jobs in the surrounding area. Global Access in Victorville, California, is an 8,500-acre multi-modal freight transportation hub supported by air, ground and rail connections.

The largest fully integrated commercial development in the region, Global Access, consists of three development divisions which include:

  • Southern California Logistics Airport, a 2,500-acre world-class aviation and air cargo facility serving domestic and international needs.
  • Southern California Logistics Centre, a 2,500-acre commercial and industrial complex totaling 60 million square feet of diverse development.
  • Southern California Rail Complex, a planned 3,500-acre inter-modal rail and multi-modal complex including rail-served facilities.

Bus: Victor Valley Transit Authority provides local bus services. Apple Valley is also served by the Greyhound Bus Lines at the Victorville Transit Center (16838 D St., Victorville). Charter bus service is also available.

Ports: The nearest ports are at Los Angeles-Long Beach.


As early as the late 18th century, explorers began trekking the valley along the Mojave River. The Spanish missionary Father Francisco Garces, the explorer Jedediah Smith and government topographer John C. Fremont were among the earliest non-natives to the area, but it was the discovery of silver and gold that brought large numbers of settlers.

The area witnessed many struggles between the original inhabitants and the later settlers. In January 1867, the last Native American battle was fought a few miles east of what is now Apple Valley, at a place called Chimney Rock. Today, people of many ethnic cultures live together in the peaceful surroundings of the valley, and the legacy of these cultures is evident throughout the area. Chimney Rock is marked by a state registered historical monument, and the old mine shafts can still be seen in the surrounding hills.

Mrs. Ursula M. Poates (one of those early arrivals, settling around 1893) is credited with having named the area Apple Valley. Mrs. Poates promoted real estate around the “Gateway to the Golden Land of Opportunity.” The colorful and dynamic woman advertised the 640-acre “City of Apple” in numerous newspapers. Mrs. Poates claimed that the area was called “Appleton Valley” at the time. She is quoted as saying, “There were apples being grown along the river, but not by the ‘ton,’ so I just called it Apple Valley.”

Mrs. Poates’ efforts were later overwhelmed by the federal government, which opened thousands of acres to homesteaders shortly after the dawn of the 20th century.

By 1914, apple growers were earning $350 to $500 per acre of fruit. Within a year and a half, the state legislature and the federal government had authorized the Victor Valley Water Project (the largest in the nation at that time), and the Santa Fe Railway began to lay double trackage to serve the anticipated needs of the area.

On April 17, 1917, the United States entered World War I. Soon thereafter, young farmers, homesteaders, dam-builders and cowhands began to march off to fight instead of developing the area.

The years following World War I brought many changes that affected the area’s residents. The orchards suffered from a devastating fungus, the cost of operating electricity-driven water pumps increased and apples and other fruits from the Pacific Northwest arrived in California markets.

Many orchards died, and the valley returned to its original landscape of quiet desert beauty. Finally (from 1944-46), frosts, heat and hail fell upon the surviving orchards. For the next seven years, firewood — the only thing growers had left to sell — was carried across Cajon Pass for burning in the fireplaces of Los Angeles.

In 1945, Newton T. Bass and Bernard (Bud) J. Westlund, oil field wildcatters, became the area’s primary developers. Drilling in the Apple Valley area, Bass found something even more valuable than the oil he was searching for: water. Bass and Westlund bought 20,000 acres east of Victorville from the Union Pacific Railroad and decided to develop a community.

The men pioneered land development, turning the acreage that they bought into a recreational and retirement “bedroom” community. This development has made Apple Valley one of the desert’s most prosperous areas.

With extensive advertising and sales offices in other cities, Apple Valley lot sales reached the 5,000 mark within five years. Following the Apple Valley example, developers built golf courses and other recreational facilities, and modern homes began to replace the weather-beaten board shacks left behind by the homesteaders. The boom of schools attested to Apple Valley’s attraction. In 1909, the Apple Valley School District had to “borrow” one pupil in order to have the minimum seven students that were required to hold class; between 1949 and 1958, three elementary schools and a junior high school were built and expanded.

Known as a retreat for movie stars and the site of several movie productions, Apple Valley became world famous. Among celebrities who came up to make movies or to just get away from it all were Red Skelton, Fred MacMurray, Jonathon Winters, Caesar Romero, Anthony Quinn, Dorothy Malone, Raymond Burr, Chuck Connors, Lawrence Welk, John Charles Thomas, Dean Martin, Dale Robertson and Desi Arnaz.

Bass, who died in 1983, was once asked why he wanted to build a city out in the middle of nowhere. He said, “I had the vision to see, the faith to believe and the courage to do it.”

Apple Valley today

The Town of Apple Valley is not just a place. Apple Valley is an experience. Here a family can have a real home, uncrowded and sun drenched. The air is clean and the neighbors friendly. The community was incorporated on Nov. 28,1988 with a population of just 41,000. The Victor Valley, in which Apple Valley is located, has a population of more than 400,000.

Health Care

The founders of Apple Valley understood that providing health care is a top priority. Numerous medical clinics, offices, specialized clinics and physicians practice excellent medical care in Apple Valley. Area residents have access to three hospitals within a 15-minute drive — St. Joseph Health St. Mary Medical Center, Desert Valley Medical Center and Victor Valley Global Medical Center.

The keystone to medical care in Apple Valley, St. Joseph Health St. Mary Medical Center, established in 1956 and is now a part of Providence Health to create the third largest health system in the nation.

Desert Valley Hospital, an innovative 148-bed acute-care hospital provides state-of-the-art, quality health care.

Victor Valley Global Medical Center (VVGMC), founded in 1967 as Victor Valley Community Hospital, is a 101-bed acute-care hospital. The hospital is governed by a board of directors comprised of area business professionals and physicians, and is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations and the California Medical Association. VVGMC accepts all major health plans and insurances, as well as Medicare and Medi-Cal.