Apple Valley is located at the Southern Edge of the Mojave Desert. For centuries, Apple Valley was populated by Shoshone, Paiute, Vanyume, Chemehuevi and the Serrano Indians;who were attracted to the water and vegetation around the Mojave River. The Mojave people came later and were the tribal group encountered in 1542 by a detachment of Coronado’s men, the first Spaniards to come to the Mojave Desert. Throughout the 19th century, Apple Valley became a thoroughfare to people traveling through Southern California for various reasons.Apple Valley gets 6 inches of rain per year and snow fall is about 7. On the average there are 283 days of sunshine. In 2017 its climate was rated 78 out of 100 in the comfort index by Sperlings Best Places. Another survey conducted by WalletHub listed The High Desert Cities in the 2016 as one of the Best Places to raise a Family. It scored 162 out of 200 and is just one step below Glendale Ca.