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Originally a farming community, Apple Valley officially became a city less than 40 years ago.Subscribe to Money Magazine
But don't make the mistake of thinking that the city's age means a lack of amenities. The Minnesota Zoo is right here, for example. Getting to the famed Mall of America is a quick drive -- it's a mere 10 miles away.
This is still a suburb, though: Most working residents commute to nearby Minneapolis. --J.S.
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