Love Valley, North Carolina

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Love Valley, North Carolina
Love Valley, North Carolina is located in North Carolina
Love Valley, North Carolina
Love Valley, North Carolina
Location of Love Valley, North Carolina
Coordinates: 35°59′22″N 80°59′18″W / 35.98944°N 80.98833°W / 35.98944; -80.98833Coordinates: 35°59′22″N 80°59′18″W / 35.98944°N 80.98833°W / 35.98944; -80.98833
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Iredell
Chartered 1963
Founded by Andy Barker
 • Total 0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2)
 • Land 0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 1,165 ft (355 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 90
 • Estimate (2014) 98
 • Density 450.0/sq mi (57.5/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 28625
Area code(s) 704
FIPS code 37-39420[1]
GNIS feature ID 1021294[2]

Love Valley is a town in Iredell County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 90 at the 2010 census; a 2008 newspaper article in the Statesville Record & Landmark[3] reported 117 residents.


Love Valley is a small, unique town located in a remote valley in the Brushy Mountains of northwestern North Carolina. Its creation in 1954 marked the fulfillment of a dream for founder Andy Barker. Barker developed two visions as a young man—he wanted to build a Christian community, and he wanted to be a cowboy. In 1954 he combined those visions to create an authentic, Old West-style village in the hills of northwestern Iredell County. The town was chartered in 1963.

Modeled after the Old West towns seen in countless Hollywood films, Love Valley boasts a saloon, general store, hitching posts, and rodeos. Automobiles are not allowed inside the town limits; people still use horses and horse-drawn vehicles to travel in the town. A small, nondenominational Christian church sits on a hill overlooking the town, thus emphasizing Barker's vision of a Christian utopia. However, the town also garnered its share of controversy in the 1960s and 1970s; among the controversies was the "Love Valley Rock Festival", which local farmers complained brought drug addicts and other "troublemakers" to the area during the festival. However, over the last two decades the town has settled down considerably and is now known as a popular gathering spot for horse-lovers and horseback riding. There are miles of horseback riding trails in the surrounding Brushy Mountains.


Love Valley is located at 35°59′22″N 80°59′18″W / 35.98944°N 80.98833°W / 35.98944; -80.98833 (35.989376, -80.988206).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 40
1980 55 37.5%
1990 67 21.8%
2000 30 −55.2%
2010 90 200.0%
Est. 2015 100 [5] 11.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

As of the census[1] of 2010, there were 90 people, 17 households, and 9 families residing in the town. The population density was 450.0 people per square mile (57.9/km²). There were 31 housing units at an average density of 154.0 per square mile (59.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 100.00% White.

There were 17 households out of which 11.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.1% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.2% were non-families. 41.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.76 and the average family size was 2.20.

In the town, the population was spread out with 6.7% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 20.0% from 25 to 44, 36.7% from 45 to 64, and 30.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 55 years. For every 100 females there were 87.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.7 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $24,375, and the median income for a family was $25,313. Males had a median income of $0 versus $0 for females. The per capita income for the town was $9,848. There were 15.4% of families and 31.0% of the population living below the poverty line, including 50.0% of under eighteens and none of those over 64.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ Statesville Record & Landmark, May 18, 2008
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.