Wise County, VA

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2021 Population
36,531
3.95% 1-year decline
US Senator
Mark Warner
Democratic Party
US Senator
Tim Kaine
Democratic Party
N/A Median Age
364.6
N/A 1-year N/A
2021 Poverty Rate
19.7%
6.35% 1-year decrease
2021 Median Household Income
$44,884
8.72% 1-year growth
2021 Median Property Value
$94,800
8.59% 1-year growth
2021 Employed Population
12,783
1.97% 1-year decline

About

In 2021, Wise County, VA had a population of 36.5k people with a median age of 365 and a median household income of $44,884. Between 2020 and 2021 the population of Wise County, VA declined from 38,032 to 36,531, a −3.95% decrease and its median household income grew from $41,285 to $44,884, a 8.72% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Wise County, VA are White (Non-Hispanic) (91.1%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (5.37%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.36%), White (Hispanic) (0.564%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (0.531%).

None of the households in Wise County, VA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

99.3% of the residents in Wise County, VA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Wise County, VA are Mountain Empire Community College (849 degrees awarded in 2021) and University of Virginia's College at Wise (233897) (235 degrees).

In 2021, the median property value in Wise County, VA was $94,800, and the homeownership rate was 70.8%.

Most people in Wise County, VA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 22.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Wise County, VA was 2 cars per household.

geosearchPopulation & Diversity

Wise County, VA is home to a population of 36.5k people, from which 99.3% are citizens. As of 2021, 1.37% of Wise County, VA residents were born outside of the country (501 people).

In 2021, there were 17 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (33.3k people) in Wise County, VA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.96k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 497 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

99.3%
2021 Citizenship
99.2%
2020 Citizenship

As of 2021, 99.3% of Wise County, VA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2020, the percentage of US citizens in Wise County, VA was 99.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Wise County, VA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    33.3k ± 91
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    1.96k ± 240
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    497 ± 236
1.31%
Hispanic Population
477 people

In 2021, there were 17 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (33.3k people) in Wise County, VA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.96k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 497 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

1.31% of the people in Wise County, VA are hispanic (477 people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Wise County, VA as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. El Salvador
    109,039 ± 8,055 people
  2. India
    96,011 ± 7,565 people
  3. Mexico
    59,097 ± 5,948 people

In 2021, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Virginia was El Salvador, the natal country of 109,039 Virginia residents, followed by India with 96,011 and Mexico with 59,097.

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Foreign-Born Population

1.37%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
501 people
1.34%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
510 people

As of 2021, 1.37% of Wise County, VA residents (501 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2020, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Wise County, VA was 1.34%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    819 ± 210
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    466 ± 191
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    216 ± 88

Wise County, VA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.76 times greater than any other conflict.

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briefcaseEconomy

The economy of Wise County, VA employs 12.8k people. The largest industries in Wise County, VA are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,961 people), Retail Trade (1,668 people), and Educational Services (1,445 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($60,495), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($58,125), and Information ($51,350).

Males in Virginia have an average income that is 1.33 times higher than the average income of females, which is $63,894. The income inequality in Virginia (measured using the Gini index) is 0.476, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

12.8k
2021 Value
± 956
−1.97%
1 Year decline
± 10.2%

From 2020 to 2021, employment in Wise County, VA declined at a rate of −1.97%, from 13k employees to 12.8k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Wise County, VA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,849 people), Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (1,170 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,081 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Wise County, VA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

12.8k
2021 Value
± 956
−1.97%
1 Year decline
± 10.2%

From 2020 to 2021, employment in Wise County, VA declined at a rate of −1.97%, from 13k employees to 12.8k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Wise County, VA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,961 people), Retail Trade (1,668 people), and Educational Services (1,445 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Wise County, VA, though some of these residents may live in Wise County, VA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$40,980
Median earning men ± $1,213
$27,197
Median earning women ± $2,862

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2021 are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($58,125), Information ($51,075), and Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($48,892).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2021 are Information ($54,219), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($44,643), and Manufacturing ($41,250).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.75%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 155M people employed in Virginia. This represents a 2.75% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Virginia.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 300
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 183
    Retail Trade
  3. 169
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing

The visualization shows the distribution of establishments by industry and by size according to the number of employees.

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Payroll by Industry Sector

The industries with the highest total annual payroll
  1. $124k
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. $50.5k
    Retail Trade
  3. $33.5k
    Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting, and Mining

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Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Virginia to other states, or from other states to Virginia.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $37.7B
  2. $29B
  3. $23.6B

In 2020, the top outbound Virginia product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $37.7B, followed by Electronics ($29B) and Machinery ($23.6B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Virginia products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$313B
2020 Value in Virginia
$612B
Projected 2050 Value in Virginia
95.3% growth

In 2020, total outbound Virginia trade was $313B. This is expected to increase 95.3% to $612B by 2050.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Virginia trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Virginia to other states, or from other states to Virginia.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $26B
  2. $18.5B
  3. $12.4B

In 2020, the top outbound Virginia domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was North Carolina with $26B, followed by Maryland with $18.5B and Pennsylvania and $12.4B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Virginia shares with each state (excluding itself).

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In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Wise County, VA went to Donald J. Trump with 80.4% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (18.7%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (0.65%).

Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are the senators currently representing the state of Virginia. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Virginia is currently represented by 11 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Virginia

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Mark Warner
Senator from Virginia2
Assumed office on January 3, 2009
Tim Kaine
Senator from Virginia1
Assumed office on January 3, 2013

Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are the senators currently representing Virginia.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Virginia

Virginia is currently represented by 11 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Virginia have changed over time starting in 2008.

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In 2021, universities in Wise County, VA awarded 1,084 degrees. The student population of Wise County, VA in 2021 is skewed towards women, with 1,476 male students and 2,417 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Wise County, VA are White (1,003 and 92.5%), followed by Unknown (31 and 2.86%), Black or African American (24 and 2.21%), and Two or More Races (18 and 1.66%).

The largest universities in Wise County, VA by number of degrees awarded are Mountain Empire Community College (849 and 78.3%) and University of Virginia's College at Wise (233897) (235 and 21.7%).

The most popular majors in Wise County, VA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (201 and 18.5%), Other Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, & Treatment Professions (142 and 13.1%), and Other Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies, & Humanities (126 and 11.6%).

The median tuition cost in Wise County, VA for a public four year colleges is $5,864 for in-state students and $24,679 for out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

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In 2021 in Wise County, VA, the percentage of applicants admitted was 83.4%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 38.8%. The number of students enrolled in 2021 was 3,893 (37.9% men and 62.1% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2021 there were 3,893 students enrolled in Wise County, VA, 37.9% men and 62.1% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 3,201 records, of which 63.4% were women and 36.6% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 154 degrees awarded
  2. 54 degrees awarded
  3. 16 degrees awarded

In 2021, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Wise County, VA was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 154 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Wise County, VA according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 849 degrees awarded
  2. 235 degrees awarded

In 2021, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Mountain Empire Community College with 849 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2021, 393 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Wise County, VA, which is 0.569 times less than the 691 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2021 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 1,003 degrees mean that there were 32.4 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Unknown, with 31 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Public, 4-year or above ($5,864) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2021.

Public, 4-year or above ($5,298) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2021.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,600) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2021, 0.836% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.859% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2021 were High School or Equivalent (1.68M), Bachelors Degree (1.44M), and Some college (1.41M).

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The median property value in Wise County, VA was $94,800 in 2021, which is 0.387 times smaller than the national average of $244,900. Between 2020 and 2021 the median property value increased from $87,300 to $94,800, a 8.59% increase. The homeownership rate in Wise County, VA is 70.8%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.6%.

People in Wise County, VA have an average commute time of 22.2 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Wise County, VA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Wise County, VA is $44,884. In 2021, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Wise County, VA was Census Tract 9312 with a value of $57,841, followed by Census Tract 9313 and Census Tract 9316, with respective values of $55,667 and $53,029.

In 2022, 13.9% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Wise County, VA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 2.15%.

Property

$94,800
Median Property Value 2021
±$9,280
$9,933
Median Property Taxes
±$669

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Wise County, VA the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Wise County, VA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

70.8%
Homeownership
2021
63.9%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2021

In 2021, 70.8% of the housing units in Wise County, VA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 68.8%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9312
  2. Census Tract 9313
  3. Census Tract 9316

In 2021, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Wise County, VA was Census Tract 9312 with a value of $57,841, followed by Census Tract 9313 and Census Tract 9316, with respective values of $55,667 and $53,029.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Wise County, VA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$44,884
Median Household Income
± $4,504
14k
Number of Households
± 920

In 2021, the median household income of the 14k households in Wise County, VA grew to $44,884 from the previous year's value of $41,285.

The following chart displays the households in Wise County, VA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the < $10k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Wise County, VA is from Virginia.
0.476
2021 Wage GINI in Virginia
0.478
2020 Wage GINI in Virginia

In 2021, the income inequality in Virginia was 0.476 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.381% decline from 2020 to 2021, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Virginia was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Virginia in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2021
  1. Drove Alone (83.5%)
  2. Carpooled (8.7%)
  3. Worked At Home (4.64%)

In 2021, 83.5% of workers in Wise County, VA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (8.7%) and those who worked at home (4.64%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

22.2 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Wise County, VA have a shorter commute time (22.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.8 minutes). Additionally, 2.64% of the workforce in Wise County, VA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Wise County, VA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Wise County, VA have 2 cars.

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 13.9% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Wise County, VA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 2.15%.

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Poverty & Diversity

19.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Wise County, VA (6.59k out of 33.4k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.6%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 45 - 54 and then Females 35 - 44.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Wise County, VA is White, followed by Two Or More and Black.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 26.7% of the children was living in poverty in Wise County, VA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 2.6%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 214 in Wise County, VA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 56.5 per 100,000 population.

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90.8% of the population of Wise County, VA has health coverage, with 37.7% on employee plans, 22.2% on Medicaid, 18.7% on Medicare, 9.6% on non-group plans, and 2.64% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Wise County, VA see 2077 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.66% decrease from the previous year (2112 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 3721 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 954 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.7% were men and 51.3% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

2,077 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Wise County, VA

Primary care physicians in Wise County, VA see an average of 2,077 patients per year. This represents a 1.66% decrease from the previous year (2,112 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Wise County, VA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2021, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 21.4% under 18 years, 20.1% between 18 and 34 years, 39.8% between 35 and 64 years, and 18.7% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.7% were men and 51.3% were women.

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Uninsured People

9.19%
Uninsured
37.7%
Employer Coverage
22.2%
Medicaid
18.7%
Medicare
9.6%
Non-Group
2.64%
Military or VA

Between 2020 and 2021, the percent of uninsured citizens in Wise County, VA declined by 15.4% from 10.9% to 9.19%.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 44.4 in Wise County, VA.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 39.1% in Wise County, VA.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 11.3% in Wise County, VA.

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