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, 2017. 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, 2017.

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Big Island, VA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 324
Daytime Population: Workers 97
Daytime Population: Residents 176
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 273
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.84
Population in Households 324
Population in Familes 274
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 394
Diversity Index3 24


Median Household Income $57,773
Average Household Income $68,341
Per Capita Income $28,499


Total Housing Units 167 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 115 (68.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 24 (14.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 28 (16.8%)
Median Home Value $190,385
Average Home Value $262,607


Total Households 139
Average Household Size 2.33
Family Households 101
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.93% 1.03%
Households 0.93% 0.99%
Families 1.14% 0.97%
Median Household Income   3.34%
Per Capita Income   3.22%

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, 2017 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 # 495 17th
Population Density # 401 33rd
Diversity Index # 450 24th
Median Household Income # 220 63rd
Per Capita Income # 245 59th

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