Valdese , NC

Valdese, situated in Burke County, is a small town made up of 7.73 square miles.

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The town of Valdese was founded in the 1800s. Valdese incorporated in 1920.  


The median resident age in Valdese is 52 years. The median estimated household income is about $35,000 making it about $13,000 less than the North Carolina average. 

The estimated per capita is about $23,000. The average price for a home in Valdese is about $140,000 (2015) which is $20,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $340 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Valdese is 92% White, 3% Asian, 1% Two or more races, and 4% other. 83% of the population are high school graduates, with 25% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher.

55% are married, 13% are divorced, 3% are separated, 12% are widowed, leaving 17% that have never been married.

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Burke County

Valdese belongs to Burke County in the western part of North Carolina. The County, named after Thomas Burke, is part of the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Burke County has a population of 91,000 and its largest city Morganton, with a population of 17,000, is the county seat.

Burke County formed from part of Rowan County in 1777, and was settle primarily by German and Scots-Irish immigrants during the 18th century.

Some of the citizens of Burke County fought in the Battle of Kings Mountain in 1780, and were victorious over the British.

From 1791 to 1861, parts of Burke County were taken to form other counties including: Buncombe, Yancey, Caldwell, McDowell, and Mitchell counties.

Burke County borders Caldwell, Avery, Lincoln, Catawba, Cleveland, McDowell, and Rutherford counties.

Burke County is made up of 515 square miles. 507 of which is land with the remaining 8 as water.


The population of Valdese, NC is about 4,400. The population has been steadily increasing since the town was incorporated.


The elevation of Valdese, NC is 1,217 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Valdese, NC is 28690.

Area Code

The area code for Valdese, NC is 828.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Valdese and Burke County have voted mostly Republican, with 61% going to Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.

As of 2010, 39% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 60% are Protestants with Catholics making up around 1%.


The unemployment rate for Valdese is about 6% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%. Manufacturing, retail, and construction make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Morganton News Herald is the primary newspaper that covers the Burke County area.


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