Wise, VA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Wise, Virginia - Basic Facts

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The Town of Wise had a population of 3,264 as of July 1, 2016. Wise 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 Wise is located at latitude 36.9767 and longitude -82.5807 in Wise County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Wise (see map below) encompass a land area of 3.05 sq. miles and a water area of 0.01 sq. miles. Wise County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 2,451 feet.

The Town of Wise (GNIS ID: 2391490) 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 Wise 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 Wise: Big Glades, Gladesville Court House, Gladeville, Wise Court House.

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


Total Population 3,264
Population in Households 3,136
Population in Familes 2,488
Population in Group Qrtrs 128
Population Density1 1,070
Diversity Index2 12


Total Households 1,486
Average Household Size 2.11
Family Households 975
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 1,680 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,034 (61.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 451 (26.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 194 (11.5%)
Median Home Value $129,669
Average Home Value $159,420


Median Household Income $45,095
Average Household Income $63,472
Per Capita Income $26,361
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.11% -0.26%
Households -0.02% -0.2%
Families 1.8% -0.29%
Median Household Income   1.31%
Per Capita Income   1.79%
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.

Wise, VA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Wise 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 # 225 62nd
Population Density1 # 231 61st
Diversity Index2 # 534 11th
Median Household Income # 338 43rd
Per Capita Income # 277 53rd

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