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Valley City, North Dakota

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
City of Valley City is located in North Dakota
City of Valley City
Location of Valley City, North Dakota
Coordinates:
Country United States
State North Dakota
County Barnes
Government
 • Mayor Robert Werkhoven
Area[1]
 • 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)[2]
 • Total 6,585
 • Estimate (2014)[3] 6,676
 • 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[4]
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.[5] The population was 6,585 during the 2010 census,[6] making it the twelfth 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).

Contents

  • History 1
  • Geography 2
  • Demographics 3
    • 2010 census 3.1
    • 2000 census 3.2
  • Local media 4
    • AM Radio 4.1
    • FM Radio 4.2
  • Education 5
    • K-12 5.1
    • Higher education 5.2
  • Sites of interest 6
  • Notable people 7
  • Climate 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10

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]

Geography

Valley City is located at (46.924632, -98.005438).[10]

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.[1]

Demographics

2010 census

As of the census[2] 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.

Local media

AM Radio

AM Radio stations
Frequency Call sign Name Format Owner City
1490 AM KOVC Dakota Country Radio Full Service (radio format)/Country Ingstad Family Media 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
  • CSiCable

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 and St. Catherines Catholic School for grade K - 6

Higher education

Sites of interest

Hi Line Railroad Bridge as seen from Chautauqua Park, 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.[13]

References

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010".  
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  3. ^ a b "Population Estimates".  
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names".  
  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.  
  7. ^ North Dakota: Counties, Towns and People. Watchmaker Publishing, Ltd. 2008. p. 14.  
  8. ^ Federal Writers' Project (1938). North Dakota, a Guide to the Northern Prairie State,. WPA. p. 280.  
  9. ^ "Barnes County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 22 October 2015. 
  10. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  11. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  12. ^  
  13. ^ Climate Summary for Valley City, North Dakota

External links

  • Valley City, North Dakota official tourism website
  • Valley City, North Dakota official city government website
  • Community data for industry : Valley City, North Dakota (1980) from the Digital Horizons website
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