Located in Barnes County in North Dakota, Valley City is a
city well known for the many bridges within it that passes over
Sheyenne River. Because of the number of bridges in the City,
Valley has also become known as "The City of Bridges". The city
was founded in 1874.
At the 2000 census the population in the city is at 6,826.
The city has two local radio stations, KOVC AM 1490 and KQDJ FM
101.1. The local newspaper is the Valley City Times-Record. The
city is also the home of Valley City State University and the
home for the North Dakota High School Activities Association (NDHSAA).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a
total area of 8.6 km˛ (3.3 mi˛), all land.
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
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.
Valley City has the Valley City Public School District which
comprises of Washington Elementary School, Jefferson Elementary
School and Valley City Junior and Senior High Schools. The Hi-Line Railroad bridge and the North Dakota Winter Show are
just 2 of the most interesting places to visit when you're in
Valley City. The City also has many scenic bridges which is why
the city provides guided tours that showcase the many bridges
located all over the city.
Notable residents who came from Valley city include Ann Sothern
an academy award winning actress whose career spanned six
decades. Other residents also include: basketball player
Jeff Boschee, Congressional Representative John E. Grotberg,
Pulitzer prize winning historian James M. McPherson and Earl
Pomeroy a United States Congressional representative.