Valdese is located in west North Carolina. Valdese is part of Burke County. Valdese has 7.71 square miles of land area and 0.01 square miles of water area. As of 2010-2014, the total Valdese population is 4,468, which has shrunk 0.38% since 2000. The population growth rate is much lower than the state average rate of 21.13% and is much lower than the national average rate of 11.61%. Valdese median household income is $38,274 in 2010-2014 and has grown by 25.01% since 2000. The income growth rate is higher than the state average rate of 19.16% and is lower than the national average rate of 27.36%. Valdese median house value is $130,000 in 2010-2014 and has grown by 57.77% since 2000. The house value growth rate is higher than the state average rate of 41.83% and is higher than the national average rate of 46.91%. As a reference, the national Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation rate for the same period is 26.63%. On average, the public school district that covers Valdese is much better than the state average in quality. The Valdese area code is 828.