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The Town of Wise had a population of 3,263 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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, 2017)


Total Population 3,263
Daytime Population: Workers 2,199
Daytime Population: Residents 2,064
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 4,263
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.31
Population in Households 3,132
Population in Familes 2,478
Population in Group Qrtrs 131
Population Density2 1,070
Diversity Index3 12


Median Household Income $45,897
Average Household Income $64,719
Per Capita Income $27,006


Total Housing Units 1,657 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,021 (61.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 471 (28.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 165 ( 10.0%)
Median Home Value $128,649
Average Home Value $168,088


Total Households 1,492
Average Household Size 2.1
Family Households 975
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 -0.1% -0.41%
Households 0.04% -0.39%
Families 1.55% -0.5%
Median Household Income   3.39%
Per Capita Income   3.48%

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, 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 # 224 62nd
Population Density # 232 61st
Diversity Index # 530 10th
Median Household Income # 346 42nd
Per Capita Income # 282 53rd

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