Valley City, North Dakota
City of Valley City
Central Ave and Main Street in Valley City
Motto(s): 
"City of Bridges"
Location of Valley City, North Dakota
Valley City, North Dakota
Valley City, North Dakota
Location of Valley City, North Dakota
Coordinates: 46°55′29″N 98°0′20″W / 46.92472°N 98.00556°W / 46.92472; -98.00556Coordinates: 46°55′29″N 98°0′20″W / 46.92472°N 98.00556°W / 46.92472; -98.00556
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Dakota
CountyBarnes
Government
 • MayorDave Carlsrud
Area
 • Total4.13 sq mi (10.69 km2)
 • Land4.13 sq mi (10.69 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,217 ft (371 m)
Population
 • Total6,585
 • Estimate 
(2019)[3]
6,323
 • Density1,532.11/sq mi (591.52/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP code
58072
Area code(s)701
FIPS code38-81180
GNIS feature ID1032618[4]
HighwaysI-94, I-94 Bus.
WebsiteValley City

Valley City is a city in Barnes County, North Dakota, United States. It is the county seat of Barnes County.[5] The population was 6,585 during the 2010 census,[6] making it the thirteenth largest city in North Dakota. Valley City was founded in 1874.

Valley City is known for its many bridges over the Sheyenne River, including the Hi-Line Railroad Bridge. These bridges have earned it the distinction of being called the "City of Bridges". The city is also the home of Valley City State University and the North Dakota High School Activities Association (NDHSAA).

History

Valley City was originally called Worthington, and under the latter name was laid out in 1874 when the railroad was extended to that point.[7] The present name is for the city's location in the valley of the Sheyenne River.[8] A post office was established under the name Worthington in 1874, and has continued to operate under the name Valley City since 1878.[9] A Carnegie Library opened in 1903,[10] through the efforts of the "Tuesday Club," a local women's organization.[11] The inception of the nation's first barber association occurred in Valley City during a state barber convention in February, 1909.[12]

Geography

Valley City is located at 46°55′29″N 98°0′20″W / 46.92472°N 98.00556°W / 46.92472; -98.00556 (46.924632, -98.005438).[13]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.46 square miles (8.96 km2), all land.[14]

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880302
18901,089260.6%
19002,446124.6%
19104,60688.3%
19204,6861.7%
19305,26812.4%
19405,91712.3%
19506,85115.8%
19607,80914.0%
19707,8430.4%
19807,774−0.9%
19907,163−7.9%
20006,826−4.7%
20106,585−3.5%
2019 (est.)6,323[3]−4.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[15]
2019 Estimate[16]

6,203 population on
January 1, 2021 Estimate[17]

2010 census

At the 2010 census there were 6,585 people, 2,986 households, and 1,563 families living in the city. The population density was 1,903.2 inhabitants per square mile (734.8/km2). There were 3,307 housing units at an average density of 955.8 per square mile (369.0/km2). The racial makup of the city was 95.2% White, 1.2% African American, 0.7% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.5%.[2]

Of the 2,986 households 22.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.1% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 47.7% were non-families. 39.4% of households were one person and 17.9% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.04 and the average family size was 2.74.

The median age was 42.1 years. 18.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 13.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.1% were from 25 to 44; 24.9% were from 45 to 64; and 22% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.1% male and 51.9% female.

2000 census

At the 2000 census, there were 6,826 people, 2,996 households, and 1,668 families living in the city. The population density was 2,062.5 per square mile (796.2/km2). There were 3,250 housing units at an average density of 982.0 per square mile (379.1/km2). The racial makup of the city was 97.39% White, 0.73% African American, 0.75% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.19% from other races, and 0.66% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.82% of the population.

The top 6 ancestry groups in the city are German (45.5%), Norwegian (38.8%), Irish (9.1%), Swedish (5.2%), French (4.8%), English (3.8%).

Of the 2,996 households 23.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.6% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.3% were non-families. 38.3% of households were one person and 19.6% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.09 and the average family size was 2.77.

The age distribution was 18.8% under the age of 18, 15.3% from 18 to 24, 21.4% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 23.1% 65 or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.5 males.

The median household income was $28,050 and the median family income was $41,604. Males had a median income of $30,035 versus $17,667 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,257. About 5.5% of families and 12.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.9% of those under age 18 and 12.8% of those age 65 or over.

Local media

AM radio

AM radio stations
Frequency Call sign Name Format Owner City
1490 AM KOVC Dakota Country Radio Full Service/Country i3G Valley City

FM radio

FM radio stations
Frequency Call sign Name Format Owner Target city/market City of license
102.7 FM K274BH Sunny 98.3 Adult Contemporary
KXGT-FM translator
Ingstad Family Media Valley City Valley City

The local newspaper is the Valley City Times-Record.

Education

K–12

Valley City is served by the Valley City Public School District which consists of Jefferson Elementary School, Washington Elementary School, and Valley City Junior/Senior High School. St. Catherine's Catholic School for grade K–6 also serves students in Valley City.

Higher education

Sites of interest

Hi Line Railroad Bridge as seen from Chautauqua Park, Valley City, ND
Hi Line Railroad Bridge as seen from Chautauqua Park, Valley City, ND
The Vault honor system coffee shop in Valley City, ND.
The Vault honor system coffee shop in Valley City, ND.

Notable people

Climate

This climatic region is typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Valley City has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.[18]

References

  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-06-14.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  5. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  6. ^ "2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File". American FactFinder. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2 May 2011.[dead link]
  7. ^ North Dakota: Counties, Towns and People. Watchmaker Publishing, Ltd. 2008. p. 14. ISBN 978-1-60386-115-1.
  8. ^ Federal Writers' Project (1938). North Dakota, a Guide to the Northern Prairie State,. WPA. p. 280. ISBN 978-1-62376-033-5.
  9. ^ "Barnes County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  10. ^ "About us". www.vcbclibrary.org. Retrieved 2017-02-16.
  11. ^ "Tuesday Club Credited for Start of Library in Valley City". barnescountyhistoricalsociety. 2011-05-11. Retrieved 2017-02-16.
  12. ^ Jackson, William (2008). Almanac of North Dakota mysteries & oddities, 2009-2010. Valley Star Books. p. 16. ISBN 9780967734989. OCLC 259419005.
  13. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  14. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-25. Retrieved 2012-06-14.
  15. ^ United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved July 22, 2013.
  16. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  17. ^ "Cities in North Dakota by Population (2021)". World Population Review. April 24, 2021. Retrieved April 24, 2021.
  18. ^ Climate Summary for Valley City, North Dakota