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The Town of Big Stone Gap had a population of 5,418 as of July 1, 2016.

The primary coordinate point for Big Stone Gap is located at latitude 36.8612 and longitude -82.7775 in Wise County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Big Stone Gap (see map below) encompass a land area of 4.89 sq. miles and a water area of 0.09 sq. miles. Wise County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,535 feet.

The Town of Big Stone Gap (GNIS ID: 2390730) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

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

Alternate Unofficial Names for Big Stone Gap: Bigstone Gap, Imboden, Mineral City, Three Forks, Wolverhampton.

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


Total Population 5,418
Population in Households 4,706
Population in Familes 3,808
Population in Group Qrtrs 712
Population Density1 1,108
Diversity Index2 28


Total Households 1,826
Average Household Size 2.58
Family Households 1,195
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 2,106 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,138 (54.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 688 (32.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 280 (13.3%)
Median Home Value $95,917
Average Home Value $126,471


Median Household Income $37,196
Average Household Income $50,666
Per Capita Income $19,627
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.57% -0.43%
Households -0.26% -0.4%
Families 0.01% -0.49%
Median Household Income   1.89%
Per Capita Income   1.62%
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 Stone Gap, VA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Big Stone Gap 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 # 186 69th
Population Density1 # 220 63rd
Diversity Index2 # 416 30th
Median Household Income # 471 21st
Per Capita Income # 500 16th

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