Valdese, NC Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Valdese, North Carolina - Basic Facts

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The Town of Valdese had a population of 4,243 as of July 1, 2017. Valdese ranks in the lower quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in North Carolina. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Valdese is located at latitude 35.7555 and longitude -81.5727 in Burke County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Valdese (see map below) encompass a land area of 7.8 sq. miles and a water area of 0.01 sq. miles. Burke County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,207 feet.

The Town of Valdese (GNIS ID: 2406784) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The Town of Valdese is located within Township of Lovelady, a minor civil division (MCD) of Burke County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Valdese population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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Valdese, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 4,243
Daytime Population: Workers 3,417
Daytime Population: Residents 2,387
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 5,804
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.37
Population in Households 4,208
Population in Familes 3,350
Population in Group Qrtrs 35
Population Density2 544
Diversity Index3 18


Median Household Income $40,918
Average Household Income $58,268
Per Capita Income $25,441


Total Housing Units 2,178 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,186 (54.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 638 (29.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 355 (16.3%)
Median Home Value $129,123
Average Home Value $167,348


Total Households 1,823
Average Household Size 2.31
Family Households 1,147
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population -0.78% -0.46%
Households -0.76% -0.51%
Families -0.93% -0.64%
Median Household Income   3.03%
Per Capita Income   3.13%

Valdese, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Valdese to the other 739 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 179 76th
Population Density # 429 42nd
Diversity Index # 659 11th
Median Household Income # 382 48th
Per Capita Income # 261 65th

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