Get to know Apple Valley, CA

Apple Valley is an unincorporated town in the Victor Valley.  For centuries, Native American tribes inhabited the area.  During the 19th century it become a thoroughfare for people traveling through Southern California.  In 1984 Mormon Battalion members led by Jefferson Hunt traveled to Southern California for the first cattle drive to Utah.  In 1851 Hunt led a group of Mormon settlers to the San Bernardino Valley.  The area remained agricultural with ranches and apple orchards, despite the arrival of the railroad in 1855 in nearby Victorville.  Apple Valley flourished as a fruit producer through the first half of the 20th century.  It gained fame for Max Ihmsen’s apples and pears.  Beginning in World War I, the industry began to decline as owners and workers were drafted.  The industry collapsed completely by 1946 after infections, frost, heat, and hail blasted the fruit crop between 1944-1946.  Apple Valley is known to have an excellent education system.  Apple Valley has a long history of filming, including being the set for The Hills Have Eyes and Eagle Eye.  One notable former resident of Apple Valley was Cuba Gooding, Jr.

Quick Facts

Population: 71,083

Median Household Income: $47,938

Median Property Value: $179,600

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