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Big Stone Gap, Virginia - Basic Facts

The Town of Big Stone Gap had a population of 5,348 as of July 1, 2018.

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.

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, 2018)


Total Population 5,348
Population in Households 4,144
Population in Familes 3,365
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,204
Population Density2 1,094
Diversity Index3 37


Median Household Income $38,989
Average Household Income $51,202
Per Capita Income $20,059


Total Housing Units 2,023 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,121 (55.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 657 (32.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 245 (12.1%)
Median Home Value $99,874
Average Home Value $123,663


Total Households 1,778
Average Household Size 2.33
Family Households 1,158
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population -0.59% -0.67%
Households -0.52% -0.85%
Families -0.37% -0.97%
Median Household Income   1.75%
Per Capita Income   2.6%

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, 2018 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 # 187 69th
Population Density # 225 62nd
Diversity Index # 360 39th
Median Household Income # 468 21st
Per Capita Income # 519 13th

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