Wise County is located in the western border area of Virginia. The County Seat is Wise and the largest city is Big Stone Gap. The Official Web Site is located at http://www.wisecounty.org/. The 2014 population estimate is 39,935 and the 2010 census population was 41,480. The land area is 403.19 square miles and there are 102.8 persons per square mile.
93.1% of the population is White, 5.4% is Black or African American, 1.2% is Hispanic or Latino, 0.4% is Asian, 0.2% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 1% is two or more races. 72.9% have a high school degree or higher, and 13.1% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $83,900, there are 15,406 households, an average of 2.48 persons per household. The per capita income is $19,107, the median household income is $36,218, and 21.9% of the persons in Wise County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 2,794. Retail sales (in $1000) were $438,617, and sales per capita were $10,513. The percentage of black-owned firms is 0%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 28.1%.
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