Big Island, VA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Big Island, Virginia - Basic Facts

The Big Island Census Designated Place had a population of 324 as of July 1, 2016. Big Island ranks in the lower quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Virginia. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Big Island is located at latitude 37.5334 and longitude -79.3632 in Bedford County. The formal boundaries for the Big Island Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.82 sq. miles and a water area of 0.01 sq. miles. Bedford County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 732 feet.

The Big Island Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2629017) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Big Island population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Big Island, VA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 324
Population in Households 324
Population in Familes 275
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 394
Diversity Index2 22


Total Households 139
Average Household Size 2.33
Family Households 101
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 165 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 116 (70.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 22 (13.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 26 (15.8%)
Median Home Value $175,000
Average Home Value $252,371


Median Household Income $55,569
Average Household Income $68,471
Per Capita Income $27,980
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.08% 0.97%
Households 1.08% 0.99%
Families 1.33% 0.97%
Median Household Income   -0.82%
Per Capita Income   0.8%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Big Island, VA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Big Island to the other 593 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Virginia by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 498 16th
Population Density1 # 402 32nd
Diversity Index2 # 464 22nd
Median Household Income # 227 62nd
Per Capita Income # 237 60th

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