Wise, Virginia

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Population in 2019: 2,906 (99% urban, 1% rural).
Population change since 2000: -10.7%
 
Males: 1,420  (48.9%)
Females: 1,486  (51.1%)
Median resident age:

45.8 years
Virginia median age:

38.5 years

Zip codes: 24293.

Estimated median household income in 2019: $50,959 (it was $28,531 in 2000)
Wise:

$50,959
VA:

$76,456

Estimated per capita income in 2019: $28,685 (it was $18,760 in 2000)

Wise town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $143,818 (it was $69,800 in 2000)
Wise:

$143,818
VA:

$288,800

Mean prices in 2019: all housing units: $190,132; detached houses: $223,633; mobile homes: $31,884

Median gross rent in 2019: $656.

March 2019 cost of living index in Wise: 77.1 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 15.7%
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  • Races in Wise, VA (2019)
    • 2,81892.9%White alone
    • 652.1%Black alone
    • 551.8%Two or more races
    • 491.6%Asian alone
    • 130.4%Hispanic

Races in Wise detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth



According to our research of Virginia and other state lists, there were 22 registered sex offenders living in Wise, Virginia as of October 20, 2021.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Wise is 145 to 1.


Crime rates in Wise by year

Type

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Murders
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(31.1)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
2
(60.3)
2
(61.4)
2
(61.9)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
2
(61.5)
1
(31.1)
0
(0.0)
2
(64.7)
3
(98.2)
0
(0.0)
1
(34.2)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
1
(30.2)
2
(61.4)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(30.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(31.1)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
3
(90.5)
4
(122.9)
2
(61.9)
3
(93.0)
2
(61.8)
1
(30.1)
8
(240.1)
5
(153.8)
3
(93.2)
3
(96.2)
5
(161.7)
1
(32.7)
1
(33.7)
2
(68.4)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
14
(422.3)
23
(706.4)
10
(309.4)
11
(341.0)
11
(340.0)
5
(150.4)
8
(240.1)
10
(307.6)
4
(124.3)
8
(256.6)
8
(258.6)
8
(261.8)
10
(337.3)
6
(205.1)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
85
(2,564)
87
(2,672)
92
(2,847)
84
(2,604)
77
(2,380)
87
(2,617)
67
(2,011)
66
(2,030)
69
(2,144)
37
(1,187)
24
(775.9)
15
(490.8)
23
(775.7)
47
(1,606)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
4
(120.7)
2
(61.4)
2
(61.9)
6
(186.0)
2
(61.8)
2
(60.2)
4
(120.0)
3
(92.3)
1
(31.1)
1
(32.1)
0
(0.0)
3
(98.2)
3
(101.2)
5
(170.9)
Arson
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
3
(92.1)
1
(30.9)
1
(31.0)
2
(61.8)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(30.8)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(33.7)
0
(0.0)
City-Data.com crime index217.2253.4202.4161.5136.3126.0163.9190.1211.987.2133.2130.969.5133.3

The City-Data.com crime index weighs serious crimes and violent crimes more heavily. Higher means more crime, U.S. average is 270.6. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

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City-data.com crime index in Wise, VA

Crime rate in Wise detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2019, including police officers: 13 (12 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

4.10
Virginia average:

2.27
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Ancestries: American (49.3%), Irish (13.7%), Scottish (4.7%), German (4.7%), Italian (3.7%), English (2.9%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Elevation: 2454 feet

Land area: 3.07 square miles.

Population density: 946 people per square mile   (low).

Wise, Virginia map

93 residents are foreign born (0.7% Europe).

This town:

3.1%
Virginia:

12.4%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $971 (0.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $901 (0.8%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Johnson City, TN (45.9 miles , pop. 55,469).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Fayette, KY (127.9 miles , pop. 260,512).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (432.8 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities:

Norton, VA (2.0 miles ),
Riverview, VA (2.5 miles ),
Coeburn, VA (2.6 miles ),
Pound, VA (3.2 miles ),
Dungannon, VA (3.5 miles ),
Appalachia, VA (3.5 miles ),
Payne Gap, KY (3.6 miles ),
Big Stone Gap, VA (3.7 miles )

Latitude: 36.98 N, Longitude: 82.58 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +937 (+30.9%)
Workers who live and work in this town: 589 (41.2%)

Area code: 276

Distribution of median household income in Wise, VA in 2019
Distribution of house value in Wise, VA in 2019
Wise satellite photo by USGS
Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

5.6%
Virginia:

4.6%
Historical population in Wise, VA
Historical housing units in Wise, VA

Population change in the 1990s: +43 (+1.3%).
Most common industries in Wise, VA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Educational services (16.2%)
  • Health care (11.3%)
  • Accommodation & food services (10.0%)
  • Public administration (9.3%)
  • Mining, quarrying, oil & gas extraction (9.0%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (6.1%)
  • Construction (3.6%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Mining, quarrying, oil & gas extraction (15.6%)
  • Educational services (12.4%)
  • Public administration (8.2%)
  • Health care (6.7%)
  • Accommodation & food services (6.4%)
  • Construction (5.7%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (5.2%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Educational services (21.0%)
  • Health care (17.0%)
  • Accommodation & food services (14.6%)
  • Public administration (10.7%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (7.2%)
  • Department & other general merchandise stores (5.2%)
  • Broadcasting & telecommunications (4.0%)
Most common occupations in Wise, VA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (5.6%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (4.7%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (4.0%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (3.7%)
  • Law enforcement workers, including supervisors (3.7%)
  • Registered nurses (3.4%)
  • Cashiers (3.3%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (10.0%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (7.2%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (6.7%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (5.0%)
  • Law enforcement workers, including supervisors (5.0%)
  • Top executives (4.5%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (4.0%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Registered nurses (7.7%)
  • Cashiers (7.4%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (6.7%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (6.5%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (5.7%)
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (5.5%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5.5%)

Average climate in Wise, Virginia

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

Wise, Virginia average temperatures Wise, Virginia average precipitation Wise, Virginia humidity Wise, Virginia wind speed Wise, Virginia snowfall Wise, Virginia sunshine Wise, Virginia clear and cloudy days

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Tornado activity:

Wise-area historical tornado activity is significantly below Virginia state average. It is 79% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/4/1974, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 37.4 miles away from the Wise town center killed one person and injured 4 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

On 5/18/1995, a category F2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado 32.9 miles away from the town center caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Wise-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Virginia state average. It is 27% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/9/2020 at 12:07:37, a magnitude 5.1 (5.1 MW, Depth: 4.7 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 89.3 miles away from Wise center
On 7/27/1980 at 18:52:21, a magnitude 5.2 (5.1 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 UK, 5.2 UK) earthquake occurred 113.2 miles away from the city center
On 8/23/2011 at 17:51:04, a magnitude 5.8 (5.8 MW, Depth: 3.7 mi) earthquake occurred 262.8 miles away from the city center
On 11/30/1973 at 07:48:41, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, 4.6 ML, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 112.2 miles away from the city center
On 11/23/2006 at 10:42:57, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB) earthquake occurred 35.5 miles away from the city center
On 11/2/2006 at 17:53:02, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 39.4 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Wise County (13) is near the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 10
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 5, Storms: 5, Winter Storms: 4, Hurricanes: 2, Blizzard: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Mudslide: 1, Snowfall: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Tornado: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Wise topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Wise:

  • WISE APPALACHIAN REGIONAL HOSPITAL (HOSPITAL DRIVE SW 23N)
  • ADVANCED HOME CARE (165 PLAZA ROAD, SUITE 20)
  • IN HOME CARE INC (201 NOTTINGHAM AVE)
  • NORTON COMMUNITY HOSPITAL HOME HEALTH (716 SPRING AVENUE)
  • WISE CHOICE HOME HEALTH (524 WEST MAIN STREET, SUITE 3)
  • HERITAGE HALL WISE (9434 COEBURN MOUNTAIN ROAD)
  • HERITAGE HALL WISE(CLOSED) (9434 COEBURN MOUNTAIN)

Airports located in Wise:

College/University in Wise:

  • The University of Virginia's College at Wise (Full-time enrollment: 1,848; Location: 1 College Avenue; Public; Website: https://www.uvawise.edu/)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Wise:

  • Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College (about 24 miles; Cumberland, KY; Full-time enrollment: 2,196)
  • Northeast State Community College (about 36 miles; Blountville, TN; FT enrollment: 4,480)
  • King University (about 36 miles; Bristol, TN; FT enrollment: 2,472)
  • Hazard Community and Technical College (about 38 miles; Hazard, KY; FT enrollment: 2,087)
  • East Tennessee State University (about 49 miles; Johnson City, TN; FT enrollment: 12,774)
  • Big Sandy Community and Technical College (about 51 miles; Prestonsburg, KY; FT enrollment: 2,660)
  • Tusculum College (about 57 miles; Greeneville, TN; FT enrollment: 2,070)

Private high school in Wise:

  • WISE COUNTY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (Students: 82, Location: 5913 AIR PORT RD, Grades: PK-12)

Public elementary/middle schools in Wise:

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Library in Wise:

  • LONESOME PINE REGIONAL LIBRARY (Operating income: $2,659,342; Location: 124 LIBRARY ROAD SW; 545,241 books; 20,198 e-books; 21,348 audio materials; 18,411 video materials; 1 local licensed databases; 18 state licensed databases; 552 print serial subscriptions; 3 electronic serial subscriptions)

Points of interest:

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Shopping Center: Ridge View Shopping Center (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Cemetery: Wise Cemetery (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Creek: Glade Creek (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Hotel: Best Western of Wise (124 Woodland Drive).

Courts: Wise County - Courts- Thirtieth Judicial (Circuit Court), United States Government - Courts Us- Tax Court Us- Docket Clerk (400 2nd Street), United States Government - Courts Us- Tax Court Us- Clerk Of The Court (400 2nd Street), Wise County - Courts- General District Court- Judges Ofc (Courthouse), United States Government - Courts Us- Tax Court Us- Admissions Office (400 2nd Street), United States Government - Courts Us- Tax Court Us- Chief Judge Arthur L Nims (400 2nd Street), United States Government - Courts Us- Tax Court Us- Administrative Of (400 2nd Street).

Birthplace of: Glen Roberts - Basketball player-coach, Raymond Allen Davis incident - Diplomat, George C. Scott - (1927-1999), actor, Carroll Dale - Football player.

Wise County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential
Average household size:
This town:

2.2 people
Virginia:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:

58.6%
Whole state:

67.0%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:

6.5%
Whole state:

5.7%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.4% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.5% of all households
41 people in college/university student housing in 2010
172 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups) in 2000

Banks with branches in Wise (2011 data):

  • New Peoples Bank, Inc.: Esserville Branch at 5448 Wise-Norton Road, branch established on 2006/04/06. Info updated 2007/08/21: Bank assets: $781.6 mil, Deposits: $709.1 mil, headquarters in Honaker, VA, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 28 total offices, Holding Company: New Peoples Bankshares, Inc.
  • Powell Valley National Bank: Wise Branch at 540 West Main Street, branch established on 1994/03/14. Info updated 2010/06/02: Bank assets: $240.7 mil, Deposits: $200.3 mil, headquarters in Jonesville, VA, positive income, 5 total offices, Holding Company: Powell Valley Bankshares, Inc.
  • The First Bank and Trust Company: Wise Branch at 303 West Main Street, branch established on 1983/09/15. Info updated 2007/04/05: Bank assets: $1,247.0 mil, Deposits: $1,102.9 mil, headquarters in Lebanon, VA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 21 total offices, Holding Company: First Bancorp, Inc.
  • Farmers and Miners Bank: Wise County Branch at 331 East Main Street, branch established on 2002/01/22. Info updated 2011/03/25: Bank assets: $129.1 mil, Deposits: $112.5 mil, headquarters in Pennington Gap, VA, positive income, 6 total offices
  • Branch Banking and Trust Company: Wise Branch at 1510 Norton Road, branch established on 1983/06/01. Info updated 2010/03/29: Bank assets: $168,867.6 mil, Deposits: $127,549.5 mil, headquarters in Winston Salem, NC, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 1793 total offices, Holding Company: Bb&T Corporation

For population 15 years and over in Wise:

Marital status in Wise, VA
  • Never married: 27.9%
  • Now married: 46.5%
  • Separated: 1.4%
  • Widowed: 6.9%
  • Divorced: 17.3%

For population 25 years and over in Wise:

  • High school or higher: 81.3%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 30.3%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 15.3%
  • Unemployed: 3.5%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 16.4 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2019
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2019
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

13.5
Virginia average:

12.1

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2019
Means of transportation to work in 2019 - Wise
Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Wise, VA (based on Wise County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant9,10174
Mainline Protestant2,45526
Other3712
Catholic1403
Black Protestant1191
None29,266-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 10
Wise County:

2.40 / 10,000 pop.
Virginia:

2.03 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 4
Wise County:

0.96 / 10,000 pop.
Virginia:

1.43 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 55
Wise County:

13.19 / 10,000 pop.
Virginia:

4.03 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 16
Wise County:

3.84 / 10,000 pop.
Virginia:

7.65 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

10.7%
State:

9.3%
Adult obesity rate:
Wise County:

30.6%
Virginia:

26.7%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Wise County:

12.0%
Virginia:

18.6%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
This city:

51.7%
Virginia:

50.6%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Wise:

51.8%
State:

48.6%

Average BMI:
This city:

28.9
Virginia:

28.6

People feeling badly about themselves:
Wise:

20.2%
Virginia:

20.2%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Wise:

11.1%
Virginia:

10.5%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Here:

6.9
Virginia:

6.8

Overweight people:
Wise:

41.3%
Virginia:

33.5%

General health condition:
Wise:

57.8%
Virginia:

57.4%

Average condition of hearing:
Wise:

81.1%
State:

80.5%

More about Health and Nutrition of Wise, VA Residents

Wise government finances - Expenditure in 2017 (per resident):

  • Construction - Water Utilities: $2,668,000 ($918.10)
    Local Fire Protection: $475,000 ($163.45)
    Regular Highways: $258,000 ($88.78)
    General - Other: $69,000 ($23.74)
  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $1,158,000 ($398.49)
    Police Protection: $1,107,000 ($380.94)
    Water Utilities: $734,000 ($252.58)
    General - Other: $520,000 ($178.94)
    Financial Administration: $498,000 ($171.37)
    Sewerage: $451,000 ($155.20)
    Central Staff Services: $450,000 ($154.85)
    Solid Waste Management: $267,000 ($91.88)
    Parks and Recreation: $202,000 ($69.51)
    Local Fire Protection: $138,000 ($47.49)
    General Public Buildings: $85,000 ($29.25)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $24,000 ($8.26)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities - Other: $21,000 ($7.23)
    Libraries: $13,000 ($4.47)
    Public Welfare - Other: $11,000 ($3.79)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $73,000 ($25.12)
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Sewerage: $728,000 ($250.52)
    Other - Air Transportation: $4,000 ($1.38)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Central Staff Services: $203,000 ($69.86)
    Water Utilities: $103,000 ($35.44)
    Regular Highways: $94,000 ($32.35)
    Parks and Recreation: $33,000 ($11.36)
    Sewerage: $21,000 ($7.23)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities - Other: $6,000 ($2.06)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $2,206,000 ($759.12)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $29,000 ($9.98)

Wise government finances - Revenue in 2017 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $1,019,000 ($350.65)
    Solid Waste Management: $226,000 ($77.77)
    Other: $174,000 ($59.88)
    Parks and Recreation: $89,000 ($30.63)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities: $22,000 ($7.57)
  • Local Intergovernmental - Highways: $302,000 ($103.92)
  • Miscellaneous - Fines and Forfeits: $81,000 ($27.87)
    Interest Earnings: $38,000 ($13.08)
    General Revenue - Other: $28,000 ($9.64)
    Special Assessments: $5,000 ($1.72)
    Donations From Private Sources: $1,000 ($0.34)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $1,393,000 ($479.35)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $472,000 ($162.42)
    Other: $304,000 ($104.61)
    General Local Government Support: $59,000 ($20.30)
  • Tax - Other Selective Sales: $1,453,000 ($500.00)
    Property: $754,000 ($259.46)
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $540,000 ($185.82)
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $144,000 ($49.55)
    Public Utilities Sales: $128,000 ($44.05)
    Tobacco Products Sales: $43,000 ($14.80)
    Motor Vehicle License: $37,000 ($12.73)
    Other License: $4,000 ($1.38)

Wise government finances - Debt in 2017 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,551,000 ($877.84)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,474,000 ($851.34)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $77,000 ($26.50)

Wise government finances - Cash and Securities in 2017 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $3,236,000 ($1113.56)

4.00% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($30,432 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.00%
Virginia average:

9.50%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Norton city, VA  0.71% ($24,938 average AGI)
from Russell County, VA  0.42% ($31,521)
from Dickenson County, VA  0.38% ($29,841)


5.34% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($38,138 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.34%
Virginia average:

9.76%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Norton city, VA  0.74% ($27,953 average AGI)
to Lee County, VA  0.41% ($30,875)
to Dickenson County, VA  0.39% ($33,489)
Businesses in Wise, VA
NameCountNameCount
Arby's1Lowe's1
Best Western1MasterBrand Cabinets2
Curves1McDonald's1
Fashion Bug1Nike1
Ford1Papa John's Pizza1
Hardee's1Pizza Hut1
KFC1Sears1
Kincaid2Subway1
Kmart1U-Haul1
La-Z-Boy1UPS2
Lane Furniture1Wendy's1

Strongest AM radio stations in Wise:

  • WNVA (1350 AM; 5 kW; NORTON, VA; Owner: RADIO-WISE, INC.)
  • WTCW (920 AM; 4 kW; WHITESBURG, KY; Owner: T.C.W. BROADCASTING , INC.)
  • WDIC (1430 AM; daytime; 5 kW; CLINCHCO, VA; Owner: DICKENSON COUNTY BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WGOC (640 AM; 10 kW; BLOUNTVILLE, TN; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WZAP (690 AM; 10 kW; BRISTOL, VA; Owner: RAM COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WEZC (1480 AM; daytime; 5 kW; NEON, KY; Owner: JESUS COMMUNICATION ILNC.)
  • WPWT (870 AM; daytime; 10 kW; COLONIAL HEIGHTS, TN; Owner: INFORMATION COMMUNICATIONS CORP.)
  • WXLZ (1140 AM; daytime; 3 kW; ST. PAUL, VA; Owner: YEARY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WHGG (1090 AM; daytime; 10 kW; KINGSPORT, TN; Owner: APPALACHIAN EDUCATIONAL COMMUNICATIO)
  • WLSI (900 AM; 5 kW; PIKEVILLE, KY; Owner: EAST KENTUCKY BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WKVL (850 AM; daytime; 50 kW; KNOXVILLE, TN; Owner: HORNE RADIO, LLC)
  • WKVG (1000 AM; daytime; 1 kW; JENKINS, KY; Owner: MARTINS & ASSOCIATES, INC.)
  • WFGW (1010 AM; 50 kW; BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC; Owner: BLUE RIDGE BROADCASTING CORP.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Wise:

  • WNVA-FM (106.3 FM; NORTON, VA; Owner: RADIO WISE, INC.)
  • WISE-FM (90.5 FM; WISE, VA; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA'S COLLEGE AT WISE)
  • WIFX-FM (94.3 FM; JENKINS, KY; Owner: LETCHER COUNTY BROADCASTING, INC)
  • WXKQ-FM (103.9 FM; WHITESBURG, KY; Owner: T.C.W. BROADCASTING , INC.)
  • W223AA (92.5 FM; BIG STONE GAP, VA; Owner: VALLEY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WMMT (88.7 FM; WHITESBURG, KY; Owner: APPALSHOP, INCORPORATED)
  • WDXC (102.3 FM; POUND, VA; Owner: WDXC RADIO, INC.)
  • WAXM (93.5 FM; BIG STONE GAP, VA; Owner: VALLEY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WSEH (102.7 FM; CUMBERLAND, KY; Owner: CUMBERLAND CITY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • W219CJ (91.7 FM; NORTON, VA; Owner: CLINCH VALLEY COLLEGE)
  • WTFM (98.5 FM; KINGSPORT, TN; Owner: HOLSTON VALLEY BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WPKE-FM (103.1 FM; COAL RUN, KY; Owner: EAST KENTUCKY BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WHCB (91.5 FM; BRISTOL, TN; Owner: APPALACHIAN EDUC. COMMUNICATION CORP)
  • WETS-FM (89.5 FM; JOHNSON CITY, TN; Owner: EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY)
  • WXBQ-FM (96.9 FM; BRISTOL, TN; Owner: BRISTOL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WCQR-FM (88.3 FM; KINGSPORT, TN; Owner: POSITIVE ALTERNATIVE RADIO, INC.)
  • WPJO (99.3 FM; ELIZABETHTON, TN; Owner: BRISTOL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WRZK (95.9 FM; COLONIAL HEIGHTS, TN; Owner: MURRAY COMMUNICATIONS)
  • WSGS (101.1 FM; HAZARD, KY; Owner: MOUNTAIN BROADCASTING SERVICE, INC.)
  • W214AP (90.7 FM; JOHNSON CITY, TN; Owner: THE MOODY BIBLE INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO)

TV broadcast stations around Wise:

  • WSBN-TV (Channel 47; NORTON, VA; Owner: BLUE RIDGE PUBLIC TELEVISION, INC.)
  • WYMT-TV (Channel 57; HAZARD, KY; Owner: WYMT LICENSEE CORP.)
  • W24BT (Channel 24; TALBERT, KY; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
Wise fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 2019
Fatal road traffic accident statistics for 1975 - 2019
See more detailed statistics of Wise fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2019 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 7Number of bridges
  • 23ft / 6.8mTotal length
  • $338,000Total costs
  • 8,017Total average daily traffic
  • 130Total average daily truck traffic
  • 11,619Total future (year 2034) average daily traffic
FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 17 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers in Wise)
FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers: 2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers in Wise, VA)
FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers: 8 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 6 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)
FCC Registered Paging Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Paging Towers)
FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers: 6 (See the full list of FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers)
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses: 56 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Wise)

FAA Registered Aircraft: 12 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft in Wise)

2003 - 2016 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year According to the data from the years 2003 - 2016 the average number of fires per year is 14. The highest number of reported fire incidents - 46 took place in 2007, and the least - 0 in 2014. The data has a constant trend.
    Fire incident types in Wise, VA When looking into fire subcategories, the most incidents belonged to: Structure Fires (41.1%), and Outside Fires (36.1%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Wise, VA
    • 8341.1%Structure Fires
    • 7336.1%Outside Fires
    • 3416.8%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 125.9%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Wise, VA
Most common first names in Wise, VA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James8069.5 years
William7572.7 years
Mary5479.0 years
John5074.9 years
Robert4773.7 years
Charles4164.6 years
George2678.6 years
Paul2165.2 years
Carrie1883.8 years
Helen1876.6 years
Most common last names in Wise, VA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Mullins10574.9 years
Kilgore6174.1 years
Miller4570.6 years
Gilliam4375.8 years
Stallard4171.9 years
Collins4172.5 years
Hall3776.3 years
Smith3672.6 years
Beverly3474.7 years
Powers3374.2 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Wise, VA
  • 83.7%Electricity
  • 6.5%Utility gas
  • 5.5%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 2.4%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 1.9%Wood
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Wise, VA
  • 98.3%Electricity
  • 1.7%Bottled, tank, or LP gas


Wise compared to Virginia state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Institutionalized population percentage significantly above state average.

Wise on our top lists:

  • #101 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups) (population 1,000+)"
  • #20 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the smallest number of children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000"
  • #48 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the smallest number of people without health insurance coverage in 2000"
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Top Patent Applicants
Top Patent Applicants
  • Chris Collins (3)
  • Kevin W. Mullins (1)

Total of 4 patent applications in 2008-2021.