Introduction to Valley City, North Dakota

Valley City, North Dakota, in Barnes county, is 57 miles W of Fargo, North Dakota and 264 miles NW of Minneapolis, Minnesota. There are an estimated 6,826 people in the city.

Valley City History

Valley City is the county seat of Barnes County, which was organized on January 6, 1879. The Cheyenne, Cree, Sioux and Ojibwa Native Americans originally inhabited the area. It was founded in 1872. In the same year, the Northern Pacific Railway first entered the city. Valley City was initially known as Worthington. It was incorporated as Valley City in 1881. It is famous for its several historic bridges over the Sheyenne River.

Valley City and nearby Attractions

  • Camp Sheardown State Historic Site
  • Bjornson Park Public Golf Course
  • Barnes County Historical Museum
  • Fort Ransom State Park
  • Frontier Village
  • Stutsman County Memorial Museum

Things To Do In Valley City

There are several parks in Valley City. These include Chautauqua Park, Pioneer Park, City Park, Medicine Wheel Park and Veterans Memorial Park. The Fort Ransom State Park is a short distance away and offers facilities for hiking, mountain biking and camping. Canoe and kayak rentals and scenic picnic areas are also available. The Bjornson Park Public Golf Course provides excellent facilities for golfers. Local festivals include the Americana Festival, the Rally in the Valley, North Star Classic and the Snowball Festival.

Valley City Transportation

Air transportation facilities are available at Hector International Airport.

Valley City Higher Education

Valley City State University is the local institution of higher education. Others in the neighborhood include North Dakota State University, Minnesota State University-Moorhead and Concordia College at Moorhead.


Total Population 6,626
Male Share of the Population 48.4%
Female Share of the Population 51.6%
Senior Citizens 22.5%
Employed Population 16+ 3,507
Age of the Population 40


% of people married 52%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 26.8%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $67,880
% Above Poverty Level 91.5%
% Below Poverty Level 8.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 14 minutes
% Working from Home 1.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 12.9%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%


People Living Alone 35%
Median Gross Rent $575
Median House Value $89,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 6.6%
US/American 0%
English 4.9%
Irish 12.6%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Valley City Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 57 miles W of Fargo, North Dakota (center to center)
Nearest Large City 264 miles NW of Minneapolis, Minnesota
County Barnes
Standard Zip Codes 58072
Phone Area Codes 701
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 46.923
Longitude -98.002

Valley City Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 2 miles
Jan Temp -5 to 16 F
Apr Temp 29 to 53 F
Jul Temp 56 to 81 F
Oct Temp 31 to 57 F
Annual Precip 18.8 inches
Station ENDERLIN 2 W
Distance 27.5 miles
Jan Temp -2 to 18 F
Apr Temp 31 to 56 F
Jul Temp 57 to 85 F
Oct Temp 32 to 58 F
Annual Precip 19.6 inches
Distance 32.3 miles
Jan Temp -4 to 16 F
Apr Temp 28 to 54 F
Jul Temp 57 to 83 F
Oct Temp 32 to 56 F
Annual Precip 18.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Buffalo 173 $66,563
Fingal 94 $75,139
Litchville 152 $68,750
Oriska 80 $62,000
Sanborn 149 $65,000
Tower City 288 $65,625

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Valley City Public Libraries

Valley City Barnes County Public Library
Valley City, North Dakota
(701) 845-3821

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Serves 449 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.4

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