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The Town of Big Stone Gap had a population of 5,205 as of July 1, 2017.

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, 2017.

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, 2017)


Total Population 5,205
Daytime Population: Workers 1,832
Daytime Population: Residents 3,033
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 4,865
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.93
Population in Households 4,463
Population in Familes 3,601
Population in Group Qrtrs 742
Population Density2 1,065
Diversity Index3 30


Median Household Income $37,189
Average Household Income $51,150
Per Capita Income $19,737


Total Housing Units 2,019 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,057 (52.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 677 (33.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 286 (14.2%)
Median Home Value $97,171
Average Home Value $128,335


Total Households 1,733
Average Household Size 2.58
Family Households 1,130
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 -1.04% -0.88%
Households -0.94% -0.92%
Families -0.76% -1.03%
Median Household Income   4.09%
Per Capita Income   3.32%

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, 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 # 188 68th
Population Density # 233 61st
Diversity Index # 409 31st
Median Household Income # 489 18th
Per Capita Income # 518 13th

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