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Valders, Wisconsin
Looking east at downtown Valders
Looking east at downtown Valders
Location of Valders in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin.
Location of Valders in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin.
Coordinates: 44°03′58″N 87°53′03″W / 44.06611°N 87.88417°W / 44.06611; -87.88417Coordinates: 44°03′58″N 87°53′03″W / 44.06611°N 87.88417°W / 44.06611; -87.88417
Country United States
State Wisconsin
County Manitowoc
 • Total 1.44 sq mi (3.73 km2)
 • Land 1.44 sq mi (3.73 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)
833 ft (254 m)
 • Total 962
 • Estimate 
 • Density 639.33/sq mi (246.87/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 920
FIPS code 55-82200
GNIS feature ID 1576014
Village hall

Valders is a village in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 962 at the 2010 census.


The village is known within the state for its dolomitic limestone quarry, which produces rock. harbor rock, gravel, and a very hard and weather resistant type of marble. The dolomitic limestone is Silurian aged Niagaran Dolomite. Glacial sediments overlying the bedrock in the area consist of a pebbly and cobbly, sandy, silty glacial till known as the Valders Member of the Kewaunee Formation. The Valders Member was named after the village and the type section was described along the eastern side of the present day quarry.


Valders was settled in the 1850s by immigrants from the Valdres mountainous region of Norway. The largest town in Valdres is Fagernes, but many immigrants arriving in Wisconsin came from the valleys of Vestre Slidre and Øystre Slidre, when hunger (sult) in these rocky hillside farms was far from unheard of. Valders did not really develop as a village until the arrival of the railroad in 1896, the traditional year of its founding. It was incorporated as a village under Wisconsin law in 1921, with William F. Christel as the first village president. As the village was founded by Norwegians, it was natural that the first churches were Lutheran: Valders Lutheran parish, Our Savior Lutheran parish, and Gjerpin Lutheran parish. These were later combined into Faith Lutheran parish (ELCA). There is also a small Protestant Conference parish. After the arrival of the railroad, many German settlers moved in who were primarily Catholic, but no parish was developed for them. To this day, there is still a significant population of Catholics, including most of the area farmers, who worship at St. Gregory in St. Nazianz to the south, St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Clarks Mills to the north (presently joined to St. Michael in Whitelaw), or St. Thomas the Apostle in Newton to the east.


Valders is located at 44°3′58″N 87°53′9″W / 44.06611°N 87.88583°W / 44.06611; -87.88583 (44.066029, -87.885710).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.47 square miles (3.81 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 504
1940 580 15.1%
1950 560 −3.4%
1960 622 11.1%
1970 821 32.0%
1980 984 19.9%
1990 905 −8.0%
2000 948 4.8%
2010 962 1.5%
2019 (est.) 920 −4.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 962 people, 406 households, and 272 families living in the village. The population density was 654.4 inhabitants per square mile (252.7/km2). There were 432 housing units at an average density of 293.9 per square mile (113.5/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 97.2% White, 0.1% Native American, 1.2% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.3% of the population.

There were 406 households, of which 33.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.2% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 33.0% were non-families. 29.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.90.

The median age in the village was 37.4 years. 26.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.5% were from 25 to 44; 25.4% were from 45 to 64; and 15.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 49.0% male and 51.0% female.


The Valders Area School District consists of Valders Elementary School (K-4), Valders Middle School (5-8), and Valders High School (9-12). The School District serves the communities of Cato, Eaton, Liberty, Manitowoc Rapids, Newton, Rockland, St. Nazianz, Valders, and Whitelaw.

Valders High School is part of the Olympian Conference and the Olympian/Packerland Large Conference. The Olympian Conference includes Brillion, Chilton, Hilbert, Manitowoc Lutheran, St. Mary Central, Reedsville, Manitowoc, Roncalli, Wrightstown, and Mishicot. The sports that compete in only the Olympian Conference are basketball, volleyball, golf, cross country, wrestling, track and field, baseball, and softball. Valders only competing sports in the Olympian/Packerland Large Conference are gymnastics, soccer, swimming, and football.

Notable residents

  • Donald K. Helgeson, Wisconsin State Representative
  • Bruno E. Jacob, Ripon College professor and founder of the National Forensics League, was born in Valders, but lived most of his life in Ripon, Wisconsin
  • Logan Vander Velden, NBA player

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