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Apple Valley and Hesperia Make the List of 100 Best Places to Raise Young Families

According to the Victorville Daily Press, January 26, 2015, the fastest-growing online rental marketplace website has ranked two Victor Valley municipalities in the top 100 best places in the nation to raise a young family. In a survey by ApartmentList.com, the Town of Apple Valley and the City of Hesperia made the list. Using the methodology, which included safety, housing costs, school quality and child friendliness, Apple Valley took the No. 68 spot and Hesperia came in at No. 71. The website, which draws over 2.5 million visitors on a monthly basis, said Fontana took the No. 51 spot, the highest spot in San Bernardino County, with Rocklin taking the top spot in California. Statistics for the methodology, which were gathered from 500 cities,  came from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, ApartmentList.com, the American Community Survey and the Department of Education. Information on the stats included the percentage of the average income required to rent the average two bedroom apartment, the cost of housing, violent and property crimes, and high school graduation rates for public school districts. With some of the lowest apartment and home prices in the state, the president of the High Desert Association of Realtors, said she can understand why Apple Valley and Hesperia received high marks in the survey. She said young families starting out are seeing the average price of an apartment running anywhere from $600 to $700 in the High Desert and a home at $186,500. The median price for a home in Apple Valley comes in at $209,000, and Hesperia at $197,000. Those are great prices and still very affordable for the area.

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