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City of Valley City
City
Central Ave and Main Street in Valley City
Central Ave and Main Street in Valley City
Motto: "City of Bridges"
Location of Valley City, North Dakota
Location of Valley City, North Dakota
Country United States
State North Dakota
County Barnes
Area
 • Total 3.46 sq mi (8.96 km2)
 • Land 3.46 sq mi (8.96 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 1,217 ft (371 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 6,585
 • Estimate (2015) 6,669
 • Density 1,903.2/sq mi (734.8/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 58072
Area code(s) 701
FIPS code 38-81180
GNIS feature ID 1032618
Highways I-94, I-94 Bus.
Website http://www.valleycity.us

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

The 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 home for 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. The present name is for the city's location in the valley of the Sheyenne River. A post office was established under the name Worthington in 1874, and has continued to operate under the name Valley City since 1878. A Carnegie Library opened in 1903, through the efforts of the "Tuesday Club," a local womens' organization.

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).

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

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 302
1890 1,089 260.6%
1900 2,446 124.6%
1910 4,606 88.3%
1920 4,686 1.7%
1930 5,268 12.4%
1940 5,917 12.3%
1950 6,851 15.8%
1960 7,809 14.0%
1970 7,843 0.4%
1980 7,774 −0.9%
1990 7,163 −7.9%
2000 6,826 −4.7%
2010 6,585 −3.5%
Est. 2015 6,669 1.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 6,585 people, 2,986 households, and 1,563 families residing 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 makeup 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% of the population

There were 2,986 households of which 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 all households were made up of individuals and 17.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.04 and the average family size was 2.74.

The median age in the city 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 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.1% male and 51.9% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 6,826 people, 2,996 households, and 1,668 families residing 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 makeup 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%).

There were 2,996 households out of which 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 all households were made up of individuals and 19.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.09 and the average family size was 2.77.

In the city, the population was spread out with 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% who were 65 years of age 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 income for a household in the city was $28,050, and the median income for a family 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.

Sites of interest

Hi-line-railroad-bridge
Hi Line Railroad Bridge as seen from Chautauqua Park, Valley City, ND
  • Hi-Line Railroad Bridge
  • North Dakota Winter Show
  • North Country Trail
The Vault (Coffee Shop)
The Vault honor system coffee shop in Valley City, ND.
  • The Vault (Coffee Shop)

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.


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