Census Data for Apple Valley ...
The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2019 and it gave Apple Valley a population of 55,202 people.
The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Apple Valley a population of 49,084 people.
The city of Apple Valley is located in Dakota County. The 2010 Census gave Dakota County; a population of 398,552 people. This means that Apple Valley had 12.32% of the county's total population, making it Dakota's 4th most populous community.
At the same time, Minnesota had a population of 5,303,925 people, meaning that Apple Valley had 0.93% of the total population of Minnesota - making it the state's 18th most populous community.
The 2010 Census shows that the sampling area for Apple Valley has a total area of 17.57 square miles [45.5 km²]. Of this total, 16.86 square miles [43.7 km²] is land, with the balance (4.01%) being water (0.7 square miles [1.8 km²]).
Dakota County has a land area of 562 square miles [1,456 km²]. At 16.86 square miles [43.7 km²], Apple Valley has 3% of the county's total land area.
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- When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a city like Apple Valley, they draw a boundary around the area in which they are going to conduct their count - this defines the sampling area (usually a polygon). The shape of the sampling area can be quite complex and it's important to keep in mind that the boundaries of the sampling area may or may not match the recognized boundaries of the city.
- Things like population, area and housing for Apple Valley reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Apple Valley might be different, it's best to check with the U.S. Census Bureau to resolve any difference between the two.
- Not only does the sampling area define boundaries, it also has a GPS location (latitude & longitude) that indicates a point within the sampling area (usually the center of the polygon, known as the centroid). At the time of the 2010 Census, the sampling area was located at:
- Lat: 44° 44' 43" (or 44.75°)
- Lon: -93° 11' 57" (or -93.2°)
- More information on this topic and the changes between the 2000 Census and the 2010 Census can be found in the section for our Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).
Housing Units ...
At the time of the 2010 Census, Apple Valley had 19,600 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 49,084 people, this averages 2.5 people per Housing Unit.
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- The 2010 Census shows Apple Valley had a land area of 16.86 square miles [43.7 km²]. This translates to 1,115 Housing Units per square mile [430.8 housing units/km²].
- From the Census of 2000: Apple Valley had 16,536 Housing Units, a population of 45,527 people and a land area of 17.34 square miles [44.9 km²]. This gives a density of 2.75 people per Housing Unit and 933 Housing Units per square mile [360.3 housing units/km²].
- Note: Repeating the caution above (under Population Density), be aware that when comparing Housing Units between the 2010 Census and the 2000 Census, there were changes in the sampling area for Apple Valley and you need to be careful when comparing between the censuses. More information about the changes can be found in the section called Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).
Dakota County ...
The community of Apple Valley is located in Dakota County<4>.
The county had a population of 398,552 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 49,084 people, Apple Valley represented 12.32% of the county's total.
In addition, where the city of Apple Valley has a population density of 2,794 people per square mile [1,078 people/km²], Dakota County averages 708 people per square mile [273.7 people/km²].
For more information, please visit our Census Page for Dakota County.
Census-to-Census Observations ...
When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Apple Valley, they start by specifying the boundaries of the area to be counted. This area (or sampling area) is a polygon and its shape can be quite complex - it may or may not match the geographical boundaries of Apple Valley. It's important to note that from one Census to the next, the shape and location of the polygon can change.
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- Although we don't have specific information about the shape of the polygon for Apple Valley or how it changed has over time, there is some information that can give us some hints. For example, since the shape of the sampling area is directly related to the shape of the polygon, any change to area probably indicates a new shape for the polygon.
- If you need precision or details about the methodology of the Census, you should visit the U.S. Census Bureau for a definitive answer.
While generally coinciding with the GPS location (latitude/longitude) of Apple Valley, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Apple Valley.
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- For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:
- Lat: 44.745302° (or 44°44'43" N)
- Lon: -93.199328° (or -93°11'57" W)
- For the 2000 Census, the location given was:
- Lat: 44.743963° (or 44°44'38" N)
- Lon: -93.206244° (or -93°12'22" W)
- The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 1,856 feet to the east<5> of the location that was used in the 2000 Census.
- The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN) have assigned a unique GNIS identifier (#2393967) to Apple Valley. This identifier also marks a GPS point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Apple Valley. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:
- Lat: 44.745636° (or 44°44'44" N)
- Lon: -93.200621° (or -93°12'2" W)
- The GPS location given for the 2010 Census lies 356.3 feet to the east<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Apple Valley. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Apple Valley.
Miscellaneous Information for Apple Valley ...
The Federal government has assigned various identifying codes to each community, county and state. At one time or another, the US Census Bureau has used one (or more) of the following identifiers when referring to either Dakota County or the city of Apple Valley:
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- The current system of identification is called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). The following GNIS codes relate to Apple Valley:
- GNIS ID for Apple Valley: 2393967
- GNIS ID for Dakota County: 659464
- GNIS ID for State of Minnesota: 662849
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- Apple Valley is located in Census Region #2 (the Midwest Region) and Division #4 (the West North-Central Division).
For more information about the various Federal identification codes, please visit our Misc Page for Apple Valley.
Off-the-Road Links ...
The official website for Apple Valley: www.ci.apple-valley.mn.us/
The official website for Dakota County: www.co.dakota.mn.us/
The official website for State of Minnesota: https://mn.gov/
The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau
The official website of the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN)
The official website of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
|<1>||Every year, the US Census Bureau creates a population estimate for the preceeding year. Keep in mind that this value is an estimate and not an actual count. The most recent Census estimate is for the year 2019.|
|<2>||Every 10 years (eg- 1990, 2000, 2010), the US Census Bureau conducts a Constitutionally-mandated count (or enumeration) of people living within the United States. This count is called a Decennial Census. The last Decennial Census was the 2010 Census, with the next one planned for 2020.|
|<3>||A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).|
|<4>||If you're interested in how the shape of Minnesota's counties, including Dakota, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.|
|<5>||The calculated bearing (or angle) to the 2010 Census location is 285 degrees and a distance of 1,856 feet.|
|<6>||The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS point is 250 degrees and a distance of 356.3 feet.|