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We have nothing to fear except ourselves. We are unholy, awful people. Fear ourselves with silence. Look down, Night Vale. Look down and forget what you've done.

—Town motto[1]

Night Vale is a friendly desert town where the sun is hot, the moon is beautiful, and mysterious lights pass overhead while everyone pretends to sleep.[2]

Location Edit

Night Vale is located somewhere in the American southwest, surrounded by empty desert, near Desert Bluffs.

Hiram McDaniels and Carlos both describe Night Vale as hard to find. Hiram's violet head claims to have searched for the town based on "whispers" and "rumors" and "vague directions."[3] Carlos called Night Vale "a place that is difficult to leave, and difficult to enter." He also remarked, "I don't even remember how I got to Night Vale in the first place. I mean, where is Night Vale, even?"[4]

Cecil Palmer, however, says Night Vale is "perfectly located [...] between several vertices," which is why the town often receives visitors.[5]

The only Night Vale grocery store mentioned is a Ralph's, which is the the name used for the Southern California locations of Kroeger's. In The Registry of Middle School Crushes, Joshua trees are mentioned; they are native to the Mojave desert in southeastern California, southern Nevada, northeastern Arizona, and extreme southwestern Utah.

Nearby townsEdit

Citizenship Edit

It seems to be relatively easy to become a citizen of Night Vale. When Route 800 is shut down, Night Vale Community Radio announces to non-citizens, "Congratulations! You now live in Night Vale!" Newcomers receive a New Citizen Welcome Packet and mandatory orange poncho from City Hall.[6]

Despite the town's welcoming nature, citizens seem to be sensitive to the presence of outsiders; Carlos is repeatedly described as such.[7][4] Some visitors are regarded with suspicion,[5] while others are not.[8][9] Hiram McDaniels, who lived outside of Night Vale until he was thirty years old,[3] seems to escape scrutiny, as do the dreaded Glow Cloud[10] and you.[9]

History Edit

See also: Timeline of Night Vale and Desert Bluffs

Night Vale was founded in 1745. Four groups of settlers had come to the site of Night Vale then left. The fifth group "looked at each other, shrugged, and plopped down their stuff," thus marking the beginning of Night Vale. Early settlers of Night Vale included peace-loving imperialist conquerors and religious leaders who wore "soft meats crowns" made of inverted organs strung around the head.

The Night Vale City Council, then known as the Town Elder Council, first met in 1824. Its composition was precisely the same as on the present day. All records of this meeting were destroyed.

While Night Vale has seen many minor disasters that killed most of its population, no single disaster has been mentioned that would have disestablished the continuity of Night Vale as a city, the City Council, or the mayor's office. However, one of the prophecies insists that the mayor's office will become vacant no later than 2022 and remain vacant until at least 2052.[11]


The citizens of Night Vale, the majority of whom are human, are very tolerant of all sorts of death, disaster, supernatural creatures and occurrences, and government intrusion. There are occasional exceptions, such as Steve Carlsberg, who gets very concerned about government conspiracies and often attempts to call out the logical absurdities taking place in the town. If Cecil Palmer is to be believed, though, it's perfectly normal for the government to produce everything up to and including sandstorms that cause doppelgangers. Night Vale has a seemingly one-sided rivalry with the nearby town of Desert Bluffs.



Notable locations and facilities in Night ValeEdit

The communities and geography of Night ValeEdit

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Parks, museums, and landmarksEdit

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Education, infrastructure, and government facilitiesEdit

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Health care services:

  • Night Vale General Hospital[22]
  • Night Vale Senior's Center[1]

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Law enforcement and penal facilities:

Military facilities:

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The City Council is the preeminent political power in Night Vale; they tightly control all local commerce. However, when StrexCorp was the supreme power in Night Vale, the corporation simply owned the vast majority of the following businesses outright.

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Grocery stores:

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  • 5th Street,[13] intersects with Shay Street and Old Musk Road
  • Earl Road,[15] intersects with Somerset[2]
  • Eastern Expressway,[22] has a downtown off-ramp and a northbound on-ramp (see also Route 800)
  • Flint Drive[13]
  • Main Street[29][1][30]
  • Oak Trail, near Larry Leroy's house out on the edge of town[32]
  • The old dirt road to the small wooden shack[7]
  • Old Musk Road, intersects with 5th Street[13]
  • Ouroboros Road[5]
  • Oxford Street[22]
  • Route 800
  • Shay Street, intersects with 5th Street[8]
  • Somerset, intersects with Earl Road[2]

The Desert OtherworldEdit

  • A vast empty desert, not to be confused with the empty desert that surrounds regular Night Vale[34]
  • A single, distant mountain with a tiny, intermittently blinking red light atop it[33]
  • The Spiral[35]


Main article: List of Night Vale residents

See alsoEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Episode 10 Feral Dogs
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Episode 1 Pilot
  3. 3.0 3.1 Live Episode Condos
  4. 4.0 4.1 Episode 49B Old Oak Doors Part B
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Episode 18 The Traveler
  6. Live Episode The Debate
  7. 7.0 7.1 Episode 16 The Phone Call
  8. 8.0 8.1 Episode 39 The Woman from Italy
  9. 9.0 9.1 Episode 13 A Story About You.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Episode 2 Glow Cloud (episode)
  11. 11.0 11.1 Episode 7 History Week
  12. 12.0 12.1 Episode 27 First Date
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 Episode 3 Station Management (episode)
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Episode 11 Wheat & Wheat By-Products
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 Episode 12 The Candidate
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 Episode 17 Valentine
  17. Episode 43 Visitor
  18. 18.0 18.1 Episode 9 PYRAMID (episode)
  19. Episode 20 Poetry Week
  20. 20.0 20.1 Episode 5 The Shape in Grove Park (episode)
  21. Episode 21 A Memory of Europe
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 22.4 Episode 6 The Drawbridge (episode)
  23. 23.0 23.1 Episode 19A The Sandstorm (Part A)
  24. 24.0 24.1 Episode 22 The Whispering Forest
  25. Episode 46 Parade Day
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 Episode 15 Street Cleaning Day
  27. Episode 59 Antiques
  28. Episode 8 The Lights in Radon Canyon
  29. 29.0 29.1 Episode 4 PTA Meeting
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 Episode 50 Capital Campaign
  31. 31.0 31.1 31.2 Episode 29 Subway (episode)
  32. 32.0 32.1 Episode 14 The Man in the Tan Jacket (episode)
  33. 33.0 33.1 Episode 31 A Blinking Light up on the Mountain
  34. Episode 45 A Story About Them
  35. Episode 23 Eternal Scouts (episode)

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