Valdese is a very small town located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 4,455 people and just one neighborhood, Valdese is the 173rd largest community in North Carolina.
Occupations and Workforce
Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Valdese is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 37.82% of the Valdese workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Valdese is a town of service providers, professionals and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Valdese who work in sales jobs (8.67%), office and administrative support (7.93%) and food service (7.42%).
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 10.14% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Setting & Lifestyle
Residents will find that the town is relatively quiet. This is because it is not over-populated, and it has fewer college students, renters, and young children - all of whom can be noisy at times. So, if you're looking for a relatively peaceful place to live, Valdese is worth considering.
Valdese is a small town, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.