Valdese, North Carolina Population 2024

4,703

Valdese is a city located in Burke County, Caldwell County, Catawba County, and McDowell County North Carolina. Valdese has a 2024 population of 4,703. Valdese is currently growing at a rate of 0.09% annually and its population has increased by 0.36% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 4,686 in 2020.

The average household income in Valdese is $94,793 with a poverty rate of 6.47%. The median age in Valdese is 50 years: 44.4 years for males, and 54 years for females.

Valdese Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Valdese was:

  • White: 93.51%
  • Two or more races: 2.8%
  • Other race: 1.6%
  • Black or African American: 1.47%
  • Asian: 0.62%
  • Native American: 0%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0%
Land Area (mi²)
7.9 sq mi
Density (mi²)
598.40/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
0.36% (17)
The current population of Valdese, North Carolina is 4,703 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates (released May 2024). The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 4,686.

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White4,37893.51%
Two or more races1312.8%
Other race751.6%
Black or African American691.47%
Asian290.62%
Native American00%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander00%

White

Two or more races

Other race

Black or African American

Asian

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Valdese Population by Race

Valdese Population Pyramid 2024

Valdese Median Age

50

Total

44.4

Male

54

Female

Valdese Adults

There are 3,799 adults, (1,079 of whom are seniors) in Valdese.

Valdese Age Dependency

72.1

Age Dependency Ratio

39.7

Old Age Dependency Ratio

32.5

Child Dependency Ratio

Valdese Sex Ratio

Female2,42251.73%
Male2,26048.27%

Valdese Population by Age

Valdese Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All1,9552.3375.324.7
Married1,0012.7991.98.1
Non Family7101.4452.147.9
Female1832.9766.133.9
Male613.251000

2.81

Average Family Size

2.33

Average Household Size

75.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Valdese Households and Families

Male

Female

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Education Attained
Count
Percentage
9th to 12th Grade2527.33%
Associates Degree2507.27%
Bachelors Degree61717.94%
Graduate Degree59317.24%
High School Graduate1,17134.05%
Less Than 9th Grade210.61%
Some College53515.56%

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Valdese Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Valdese Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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Race
Total
High School
Bachelors
White3,1712,9061,115
Hispanic979722
2+ Races847637
Other Race75750
Black585820
Asian292916

The highest rate of high school graduation is among black people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 55.17%.

Valdese Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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Name
Average
Male
Female
Bachelors Degree$47,625$50,179$40,958
Graduate Degree$75,469$97,586$57,045
High School Graduate$39,881$58,934$21,133
Less Than 9th Grade$19,808$16,397$0
Overall$41,958$55,000$24,450
Some College$35,350$39,018$34,306

$41,958

Average Earnings

$55,000

Average Male

$24,450

Average Female

Valdese Earnings by Educational Attainment

Valdese Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Valdese Language

95.22% of Valdese residents speak only English, while 4.78% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 4.12% of the population.

Valdese Language

Valdese Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White4,0462847.02%
Black4812.08%

6.47%

Overall Poverty Rate

5.34%

Male Poverty Rate

7.54%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Valdese

The race most likely to be in poverty in Valdese is White, with 7.02% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Valdese is Black, with 2.08% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 0%. Among those working part-time, it was 3%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 10.15%.

Valdese Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade14.4%
Some College11.45%
Bachelors or Greater2.86%
High School0.09%

Valdese Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Male Unemployed100%
Female Unemployed70.83%
Female Employed1.37%
Male Employed0%

Valdese Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Valdese Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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Name
Median
Mean
Families$88,075$125,385
Households$66,745$94,793
Married Families$91,161$-999,999,999
Non Families-$37,900

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Valdese Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

52.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

59.9%

Male Marriage Rate

46.8%

Female Marriage Rate

Valdese Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Valdese Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Valdese Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Valdese Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

319

Number of Veterans

276

Male Veterans

43

Female Veterans

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War
Veterans
First Gulf War137
Second Gulf War111
Vietnam85
Korea0
World War II0

Valdese Veterans by War

count

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Age Group
Veterans
35 to 54137
65 to 7471
75+46
55 to 6435
18 to 3430

Valdese Veterans by Age

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Name
Veterans
% of Total
White3199.01%

Valdese Veterans by Race

Valdese Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

0%

Veteran Poverty Rate

26.96%

Veteran Disability Rate

Valdese Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

61.5%

Labor Force Participation

59.8%

Employment Rate

2.7%

Unemployment Rate

Valdese Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Valdese Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Valdese Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

75.95%

Born in Valdese

97.78%

Native Born

2.22%

Foreign Born

0%

Non Citizen

2.22%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

97.78% of Valdese residents were born in the United States, with 75.95% having been born in North Carolina. 0% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Valdese Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
20294,72440.08%
20284,72040.08%
20274,71650.11%
20264,71140.08%
20254,70740.09%
20244,70340.09%
20234,699150.32%
20224,684-9-0.19%
20214,69370.15%
20204,6862776.28%
20194,409-6-0.14%
20184,415-11-0.25%
20174,426210.48%
20164,40590.2%
20154,39630.07%
20144,393-8-0.18%
20134,401-24-0.54%
20124,425-36-0.81%
20114,46150.11%
20104,45600%
20004,48557114.59%
19903,91455016.35%
19803,3641825.72%
19703,1822418.19%
19602,9412117.73%
19502,7301154.4%
19402,615-2,109-44.64%
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Valdese Population by Year