Buena Vista, Virginia

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Population in 2022: 6,591 (96% urban, 4% rural).
Population change since 2000: +3.8%
 
Males: 3,106  (47.1%)
Females: 3,485  (52.9%)
Median resident age:

35.6 years
Virginia median age:

39.0 years

Zip codes: 24416.

Estimated median household income in 2022: $48,014 (it was $32,410 in 2000)
Buena Vista:

$48,014
VA:

$85,873

Estimated per capita income in 2022: $32,917 (it was $16,377 in 2000)

Buena Vista city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2022: $160,142 (it was $71,400 in 2000)
Buena Vista:

$160,142
VA:

$365,700

Mean prices in 2022: all housing units: $191,846; detached houses: $191,665; mobile homes: $212,483

Median gross rent in 2022: $953.

March 2022 cost of living index in Buena Vista: 78.2 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2022: 21.9%
(23.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 37.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 67.1% for other race residents, 4.9% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Buena Vista, VA (2022)
    • 5,64684.5%White alone
    • 5458.2%Two or more races
    • 2734.1%Black alone
    • 1021.5%Hispanic
    • 340.5%Other race alone
    • 300.4%Asian alone
    • 190.3%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone
    • 80.1%American Indian alone

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



According to our research of Virginia and other state lists, there were 28 registered sex offenders living in Buena Vista, Virginia as of June 24, 2024.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Buena Vista is 239 to 1.


Crime rates in Buena Vista by year

Type

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

2022

Murders
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(14.8)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(14.9)
3
(44.5)
4
(59.8)
0
(0.0)
1
(15.2)
1
(15.6)
1
(15.9)
3
(48.7)
0
(0.0)
2
(31.4)
2
(30.3)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
2
(30.7)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(15.6)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
7
(107.5)
1
(15.0)
2
(29.7)
4
(59.6)
5
(74.1)
5
(74.7)
5
(76.0)
2
(30.4)
2
(31.2)
5
(79.7)
3
(48.7)
3
(46.4)
9
(141.2)
8
(121.1)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
1
(15.4)
0
(0.0)
2
(29.7)
3
(44.7)
1
(14.8)
1
(14.9)
7
(106.5)
7
(106.4)
6
(93.6)
10
(159.4)
3
(48.7)
3
(46.4)
2
(31.4)
2
(30.3)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
99
(1,521)
38
(571.4)
49
(728.2)
57
(849.6)
56
(830.0)
52
(776.9)
30
(456.3)
47
(714.7)
29
(452.2)
39
(621.8)
16
(259.9)
13
(201.3)
39
(611.9)
42
(635.9)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
2
(30.7)
6
(90.2)
3
(44.6)
0
(0.0)
1
(14.8)
1
(14.9)
4
(60.8)
1
(15.2)
4
(62.4)
5
(79.7)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(15.7)
6
(90.8)
Arson
(per 100,000)
2
(30.7)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(14.8)
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
(15.1)
City-Data.com crime index95.133.140.761.0115.596.145.855.553.071.162.520.681.383.3

The City-Data.com crime index weighs serious crimes and violent crimes more heavily. Higher means more crime, U.S. average is 246.1. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

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City-data.com crime index in Buena Vista, VA

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

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2021, including police officers: 17 (16 officers - 16 male; 0 female).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.51
Virginia average:

2.24
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Ancestries: American (51.1%), English (4.4%), Irish (4.3%), European (3.8%), German (2.7%), Scotch-Irish (2.6%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Incorporated in 1892

Land area: 6.83 square miles.

Population density: 965 people per square mile   (low).

Buena Vista, Virginia map

40 residents are foreign born

This city:

0.6%
Virginia:

12.6%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2022: $1,342 (0.8%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2022: $1,587 (1.1%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Lynchburg, VA (24.8 miles , pop. 65,269).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Greensboro, NC (117.2 miles , pop. 223,891).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Philadelphia, PA (275.5 miles , pop. 1,517,550).

Nearest cities:

East Lexington, VA (2.4 miles ),
Lexington, VA (2.5 miles ),
Glasgow, VA (3.0 miles ),
Big Island, VA (3.7 miles ),
Goshen, VA (4.4 miles ),
Amherst, VA (4.4 miles ),
Greenville, VA (4.7 miles ),
Buchanan, VA (4.8 miles )

Latitude: 37.73 N, Longitude: 79.35 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: -827 (-12.4%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 1,441 (46.5%)

Area code: 540

Distribution of median household income in Buena Vista, VA in 2022
Distribution of house value in Buena Vista, VA in 2022
Buena Vista satellite photo by USGS
Unemployment in December 2023:
Here:

2.7%
Virginia:

2.7%
Unemployment by year
Historical population in Buena Vista, VA
Historical housing units in Buena Vista, VA
Most common industries in Buena Vista, VA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Textile mills & textile products (15.1%)
  • Educational services (11.7%)
  • Health care (8.0%)
  • Accommodation & food services (6.3%)
  • Public administration (5.7%)
  • Construction (5.7%)
  • Miscellaneous manufacturing (4.1%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Textile mills & textile products (16.9%)
  • Construction (10.6%)
  • Educational services (10.5%)
  • Miscellaneous manufacturing (6.1%)
  • Public administration (6.1%)
  • Paper (4.5%)
  • Machinery (3.9%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Health care (14.8%)
  • Textile mills & textile products (13.3%)
  • Educational services (12.9%)
  • Accommodation & food services (10.5%)
  • Public administration (5.3%)
  • Personal & laundry services (4.2%)
  • Department & other general merchandise stores (4.1%)
Most common occupations in Buena Vista, VA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (7.5%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (6.0%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (5.4%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5.3%)
  • Assemblers and fabricators (4.2%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (3.9%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (3.7%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (10.4%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (8.3%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (7.0%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (5.9%)
  • Assemblers and fabricators (5.4%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4.4%)
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (4.3%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (10.7%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6.5%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (6.4%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6.2%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (5.9%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (4.2%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (3.7%)

Average climate in Buena Vista, Virginia

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Buena Vista, Virginia environmental map by EPA

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Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI Ozone
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2022 was 44.5. This is significantly better than average.

City:

44.5
U.S.:

72.6
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2022 was 24.3. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 11.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

24.3
U.S.:

33.3

Tornado activity:

Buena Vista-area historical tornado activity is significantly below Virginia state average. It is 67% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/16/1966, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 35.2 miles away from the Buena Vista city center caused between $500 and $5000 in damages.

On 9/30/1959, a category F3 tornado 45.7 miles away from the city center killed 11 people and injured 4 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Buena Vista-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Virginia state average. It is 39% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/23/2011 at 17:51:04, a magnitude 5.8 (5.8 MW, Depth: 3.7 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 78.4 miles away from the city center
On 8/9/2020 at 12:07:37, a magnitude 5.1 (5.1 MW, Depth: 4.7 mi) earthquake occurred 129.5 miles away from the city center
On 12/9/2003 at 20:59:18, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 ML, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 68.6 miles away from the city center
On 8/25/2011 at 05:07:52, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 ML, Depth: 4.2 mi) earthquake occurred 77.2 miles away from the city center
On 12/9/2003 at 20:59:14, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 MB, 4.5 LG) earthquake occurred 80.0 miles away from Buena Vista 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 252.4 miles away from Buena Vista center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Rockbridge County (20) is greater than the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 16
Emergencies Declared: 4

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 8, Storms: 8, Hurricanes: 4, Winter Storms: 3, Blizzard: 1, Drought: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Tornado: 1, Tropical Storm: 1, Wind: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Buena Vista topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Buena Vista:

  • GOLDEN LIVINGCENTER-SHENANDOAH VALLEY (3737 CATALPA AVE, PO BOX 711)

Other hospitals and medical centers near Buena Vista:

  • STONEWALL JACKSON HOSP HM HLTH (Home Health Center, about 6 miles away; LEXINGTON, VA)
  • HERITAGE HALL LEXINGTON (Nursing Home, about 6 miles away; EAST LEXINGTON, VA)
  • LEXINGTON DIALYSIS (Dialysis Facility, about 6 miles away; LEXINGTON, VA)
  • CARILION STONEWALL JACKSON HOSPITAL Critical Access Hospitals (about 6 miles away; LEXINGTON, VA)
  • ROCKBRIDGE AREA HOSPICE INC (Hospital, about 7 miles away; LEXINGTON, VA)

College/University in Buena Vista:

  • Southern Virginia University (Full-time enrollment: 689; Location: One University Hill Drive; Private, not-for-profit; Website: www.svu.edu)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Buena Vista:

  • Lynchburg College (about 25 miles; Lynchburg, VA; Full-time enrollment: 2,456)
  • Central Virginia Community College (about 28 miles; Lynchburg, VA; FT enrollment: 2,759)
  • Liberty University (about 29 miles; Lynchburg, VA; FT enrollment: 61,625)
  • Blue Ridge Community College (about 45 miles; Weyers Cave, VA; FT enrollment: 2,891)
  • American National University (about 48 miles; Salem, VA; FT enrollment: 2,297)
  • Virginia Western Community College (about 48 miles; Roanoke, VA; FT enrollment: 4,762)
  • Roanoke College (about 49 miles; Salem, VA; FT enrollment: 2,316)

Public high school in Buena Vista:

Public elementary/middle schools in Buena Vista:

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User-submitted facts and corrections:

  • Equus Communications is no longer the owner of local radio stations WREL AM and WREL FM. First Media Radio, LLC is the new owner of these radio stations. WREL FM is now WWZW FM Adult Comtemporary Music. We changed format and call letters in February 2005. The phone number for these stations is 540-463-2161.

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Buena Vista: Pedlar Work Center (A), Von Canon Library (B), Tucson House (C), Student Life Office Building (D), Robey Hall (E), President's House - Southern Virginia University (F), Nyman House (G), Landrum House (H), Lancelot House (I), Knight Sports Arena (J), Knight Guest House (K), Ferrel House (L), Fawson House (M), Craton Hall (N), Camelot House (O), Arthur House (P), Ann B Stoddard Living Center (Q), Admissions Building (R), Union Station (S), Shenandoah Valley Health Care Center (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Buena Vista include: Blue Ridge Baptist Church (A), Buena Vista Baptist Church (B), Buena Vista Presbyterian Church (C), Christ Episcopal Church (D), Church of God (E), Church of God of Prophecy (F), Church of the Good Shepherd (G), First Apostolic Church of Buena Vista (H), First Baptist Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

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

Streams, rivers, and creeks: South Fork Chalk Run (A), Poplar Cove Run (B), Pedlar Gap Run (C), Lowry Run (D), Noels Run (E), Chalk Mine Run (F), Indian Gap Run (G). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Buena Vista include: Laurel Park (1), Glen Maury Park (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Tourist attraction: Buena Vista Vistors Center (595 East 29th Street).

Hotels: Budget Inn (617 West 29th Street), Buena Vista Motel (447 East 29th Street), Green Forest Restaurant (447 East 29th Street).

Court: Buena Vista City - District Court (2039 Sycamore Avenue).

Birthplace of: Gary Jennings - Novelist.

Rockbridge County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

Drinking water stations with addresses in Buena Vista and their reported violations in the past:

BUENA VISTA, CITY OF (Population served: 6,650, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R - In OCT-01-2008, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (OCT-16-2008), St Formal NOV issued (OCT-16-2008), St Compliance achieved (SEP-21-2009)
  • One routine major monitoring violation
Average household size:
This city:

2.4 people
Virginia:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

66.3%
Whole state:

67.0%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

5.7%
Whole state:

5.7%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.3% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.2% of all households
326 people in college/university student housing in 2010
74 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities in 2010
202 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus) in 2000
89 people in nursing homes in 2000

Banks with branches in Buena Vista (2011 data):

  • Community Bank: Buena Vista Branch at 2161 Sycamore Ave, branch established on 2008/10/01. Info updated 2011/07/21: Bank assets: $511.2 mil, Deposits: $365.1 mil, headquarters in Staunton, VA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 11 total offices
  • Branch Banking and Trust Company: Buena Vista Branch at 1002 Magnolia Avenue, branch established on 1987/12/08. 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
  • StellarOne Bank: Buena Vista Branch at 2101 Forest Avenue, branch established on 1987/01/12. Info updated 2008/06/06: Bank assets: $2,911.7 mil, Deposits: $2,404.3 mil, headquarters in Christiansburg, VA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 58 total offices, Holding Company: Stellarone Corporation

For population 15 years and over in Buena Vista:

Marital status in Buena Vista, VA
  • Never married: 28.1%
  • Now married: 47.3%
  • Separated: 1.5%
  • Widowed: 5.0%
  • Divorced: 18.0%

For population 25 years and over in Buena Vista:

  • High school or higher: 81.3%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 21.5%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 8.3%
  • Unemployed: 3.9%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 15.8 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2022
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2022
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

11.3
Virginia average:

12.1

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2022
Means of transportation to work in 2022 - Buena Vista
Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Buena Vista, VA (based on Rockbridge County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant3,38619
Mainline Protestant3,11525
Other782
None15,728-
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: 5
Rockbridge County:

2.33 / 10,000 pop.
Virginia:

2.03 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Rockbridge County:

0.47 / 10,000 pop.
Virginia:

0.17 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
Here:

0.47 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.43 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 19
Rockbridge County:

8.84 / 10,000 pop.
Virginia:

4.03 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 15
Rockbridge County:

6.98 / 10,000 pop.
Virginia:

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

10.1%
State:

9.3%
Adult obesity rate:
This county:

27.6%
Virginia:

26.7%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Buena Vista:

56.6%
Virginia:

50.6%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Here:

56.7%
Virginia:

48.6%

Average BMI:
Here:

28.1
Virginia:

28.6

People feeling badly about themselves:
Buena Vista:

16.9%
Virginia:

20.2%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Here:

4.4%
Virginia:

10.5%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Here:

6.8
Virginia:

6.8

Overweight people:
This city:

31.1%
Virginia:

33.5%

General health condition:
This city:

63.6%
Virginia:

57.4%

Average condition of hearing:
Buena Vista:

79.4%
State:

80.5%

More about Health and Nutrition of Buena Vista, VA Residents

Buena Vista government finances - Expenditure in 2021 (per resident):

  • Construction - Elementary and Secondary Education: $75,000 ($11.38)
  • Current Operations - Elementary and Secondary Education: $11,074,000 ($1680.17)
    Police Protection: $2,157,000 ($327.26)
    Solid Waste Management: $1,900,000 ($288.27)
    Sewerage: $1,027,000 ($155.82)
    Central Staff Services: $900,000 ($136.55)
    Water Utilities: $739,000 ($112.12)
    Correctional Institutions: $689,000 ($104.54)
    Financial Administration: $681,000 ($103.32)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $602,000 ($91.34)
    Parks and Recreation: $556,000 ($84.36)
    General - Other: $379,000 ($57.50)
    Local Fire Protection: $200,000 ($30.34)
    Hospitals: $168,000 ($25.49)
    Libraries: $143,000 ($21.70)
    Corrections - Other: $1,000 ($0.15)
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Correctional Institutions: $681,000 ($103.32)
    Other - Parks and Recreation: $82,000 ($12.44)
    Other - Elementary and Secondary Education: $6,000 ($0.91)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Elementary and Secondary Education: $77,000 ($11.68)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $6,288,000 ($954.03)

Buena Vista government finances - Revenue in 2021 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $1,201,000 ($182.22)
    Parks and Recreation: $663,000 ($100.59)
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Tuition and Transportation: $24,000 ($3.64)
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Lunch: $1,000 ($0.15)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $321,000 ($48.70)
  • Local Intergovernmental - Education: $111,000 ($16.84)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $16,000 ($2.43)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $1,376,000 ($208.77)
  • State Intergovernmental - Education: $9,865,000 ($1496.74)
    Highways: $1,582,000 ($240.02)
    Public Welfare: $1,238,000 ($187.83)
    General Local Government Support: $288,000 ($43.70)
    Housing and Community Development: $58,000 ($8.80)
    Water Utilities: $31,000 ($4.70)
  • Tax - Property: $6,182,000 ($937.95)
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $479,000 ($72.67)
    Other Selective Sales: $419,000 ($63.57)
    Public Utilities Sales: $359,000 ($54.47)
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $189,000 ($28.68)
    Motor Vehicle License: $148,000 ($22.45)
    Other License: $15,000 ($2.28)

Buena Vista government finances - Debt in 2021 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $16,641,000 ($2524.81)
    Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $15,941,000 ($2418.60)
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $8,248,000 ($1251.40)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $5,638,000 ($855.41)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,610,000 ($395.99)
    Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $700,000 ($106.21)

Buena Vista government finances - Cash and Securities in 2021 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $7,687,000 ($1166.29)
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $16,128,000 ($2446.97)
Businesses in Buena Vista, VA
NameCountNameCount
Advance Auto Parts1Hardee's1
Burger King1Subway1
CVS1True Value1
Circle K1U-Haul1
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Strongest AM radio stations in Buena Vista:

  • WREL (1450 AM; 1 kW; LEXINGTON, VA; Owner: EQUUS COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WLLL (930 AM; 10 kW; LYNCHBURG, VA; Owner: HUBBARD'S ADVERTISING AGENCY, INC.)
  • WLVA (590 AM; 5 kW; LYNCHBURG, VA)
  • WKPA (1170 AM; 5 kW; LYNCHBURG, VA; Owner: SEVEN HILLS MEDIA, INC.)
  • WSVA (550 AM; 10 kW; HARRISONBURG, VA; Owner: M. BELMONT VERSTANDIG, INC.)
  • WTRU (830 AM; 50 kW; KERNERSVILLE, NC; Owner: TRUTH BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WKCI (970 AM; 5 kW; WAYNESBORO, VA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WFTK (1030 AM; daytime; 50 kW; WAKE FOREST, NC; Owner: POSITIVE RADIO GROUP, INC.)
  • WPTF (680 AM; 50 kW; RALEIGH, NC; Owner: FIRST STATE COMMUNICATIONS)
  • WAMV (1420 AM; 2 kW; AMHERST, VA; Owner: COMMUNITY FIRST BROADCASTERS, INC.)
  • WKBA (1550 AM; daytime; 10 kW; VINTON, VA; Owner: TINKER CREEK BROADCASTERS, INC.)
  • WRVA (1140 AM; 50 kW; RICHMOND, VA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WVBE (610 AM; 5 kW; ROANOKE, VA; Owner: MEL WHEELER, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Buena Vista:

  • WREL-FM (96.7 FM; BUENA VISTA, VA; Owner: EQUUS COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WNRS-FM (89.9 FM; SWEET BRIAR, VA; Owner: SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE)
  • WYYD (107.9 FM; AMHERST, VA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WZZU (97.9 FM; LYNCHBURG, VA; Owner: TRAVIS MEDIA L.L.C.)
  • WTON-FM (94.3 FM; STAUNTON, VA; Owner: HIGH IMPACT COMMUNICATIONS INC)
  • WXCF-FM (103.9 FM; CLIFTON FORGE, VA; Owner: IMPACT BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WRXT (90.3 FM; ROANOKE, VA; Owner: POSITIVE ALTERNATIVE RADIO, INC.)
  • WCHG (107.1 FM; HOT SPRINGS, VA; Owner: POCAHONTAS COMMUNICATIONS COOPERATIVE CORP.)
  • WCYK-FM (99.7 FM; STAUNTON, VA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WVTU (89.3 FM; CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA; Owner: VIRGINIA TECH FOUNDATION INC)
  • WBWR (106.9 FM; BEDFORD, VA; Owner: BEDFORD RADIO PARTNERS, LLC)
  • WMRY (103.5 FM; CROZET, VA; Owner: JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY BOARD OF VISITORS)
  • WIQO-FM (100.9 FM; COVINGTON, VA; Owner: WKEY, INC.)
  • WROV-FM (96.3 FM; MARTINSVILLE, VA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WPVA (90.1 FM; WAYNESBORO, VA; Owner: CSN INTERNATIONAL)
  • WVLS (89.7 FM; MONTEREY, VA; Owner: POCAHONTAS COMMUNICATIONS COOPERATIVE CORP.)
  • WXLK (92.3 FM; ROANOKE, VA; Owner: MEL WHEELER, INC.)
  • WVBE-FM (100.1 FM; LYNCHBURG, VA; Owner: MEL WHEELER, INC.)
  • WSLC-FM (94.9 FM; ROANOKE, VA; Owner: MEL WHEELER, INC.)
  • WSLQ (99.1 FM; ROANOKE, VA; Owner: MEL WHEELER, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Buena Vista:

  • WSET-TV (Channel 13; LYNCHBURG, VA; Owner: WSET INCORPORATED)
  • WJPR (Channel 21; LYNCHBURG, VA; Owner: GRANT BROADCASTING SYSTEMS II, INC.)
  • WTLU-CA (Channel 19; LYNCHBURG, VA; Owner: LIBERTY UNIVERSITY, INC.)
  • W80AN (Channel 80; AMHERST, VA; Owner: BLUE RIDGE PUBLIC TELEVISION, INC.)
Buena Vista fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 2021
Fatal road traffic accident statistics for 1975 - 2021

Buena Vista fatal accident list:

Jun 8, 2008 08:00 PM, Sr-39, Rt-601, Lat: 37.713020, Lon: -79.369010, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 34Number of bridges
  • 276ft / 83.8mTotal length
  • $4,613,000Total costs
  • 98,367Total average daily traffic
  • 6,570Total average daily truck traffic
  • 120,843Total future (year 2027) average daily traffic
New bridges in Buena Vista, VA - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 71930-1939
  • 31950-1959
  • 31960-1969
  • 121970-1979
  • 31980-1989
  • 31990-1999
  • 32000-2009
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Buena Vista, VA

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Buena Vista)

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

19 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)

FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers:

11 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers in Buena Vista, VA)

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

6
  • PARRY MCCLUE, 278 Hazel Ave (Lat: 37.719250 Lon: -79.359944), Type: Tower, Structure height: 18.3 m, Call Sign: WQCL342,
    Assigned Frequencies: 21875.0 MHz, Grant Date: 03/30/2005, Expiration Date: 03/30/2015, Cancellation Date: 05/30/2015, Certifier: Mark Horinko, Registrant: Conterra Ultra Broadband, LLC, 2101 Rexford Rd Ste 200e, Charlotte, NC 28211, Phone: (704) 936-1777, Fax: (704) 936-1801, Email:

  • PARRY MS, 2329 Chestnut Ave, Suite A (Lat: 37.736889 Lon: -79.351417), Type: Bant, Structure height: 10 m, Call Sign: WQCL343,
    Assigned Frequencies: 23075.0 MHz, Grant Date: 03/30/2005, Expiration Date: 03/30/2015, Cancellation Date: 05/30/2015, Certifier: Mark Horinko, Registrant: Conterra Ultra Broadband, LLC, 2101 Rexford Rd Ste 200e, Charlotte, NC 28211, Phone: (704) 936-1777, Fax: (704) 936-1801, Email:

  • BUENA VISTA, 3405 Woodbine Ave. (Lat: 37.749611 Lon: -79.343361), Type: Mtower, Structure height: 59.4 m, Overall height: 60.7 m, Call Sign: WQUT585,
    Assigned Frequencies: 10855.0 MHz, Grant Date: 10/07/2014, Expiration Date: 10/07/2024, Certifier: Steven T Campbell, Registrant: Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP, 1800 M Street Nw, Suite 800n, Washington, DC 20036, Phone: (202) 383-3420, Fax: (202) 783-5851, Email:

  • LEXINGTON CITY, 1305c Enfield Rd (Lat: 37.789028 Lon: -79.488028), Type: Gtower, Structure height: 56.4 m, Call Sign: WQVE303,
    Assigned Frequencies: 5945.20 MHz, 6063.80 MHz, Grant Date: 01/14/2015, Expiration Date: 01/14/2025, Certifier: Steven T Campbell, Registrant: Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP, 1800 M Street Nw, Suite 800n, Washington, DC 20036, Phone: (202) 383-3420, Fax: (202) 783-5851, Email:

  • NFSM, Top Of Brady Mountain Rd (Lat: 37.667111 Lon: -79.430778), Type: Mast, Structure height: 54.9 m, Overall height: 59.4 m, Call Sign: WQXJ379,
    Assigned Frequencies: 10895.0 MHz, 10815.0 MHz, 6315.84 MHz, 10895.0 MHz, 10815.0 MHz, 6315.84 MHz, 10895.0 MHz, 10815.0 MHz, 6315.84 MHz, 10895.0 MHz... (+15 more), Grant Date: 03/22/2016, Expiration Date: 03/22/2026, Certifier: Scott Bedell, Registrant: Rockbridge Regional Public Safety Communications Center, 100 Baner Ln, Buena Vista, VA 24416, Phone: (540) 261-9300, Email:

  • NEW ECC, 100-198 Baner Ln (Lat: 37.743833 Lon: -79.375278), Type: Mtower, Structure height: 7.6 m, Call Sign: WQXJ650,
    Assigned Frequencies: 11135.0 MHz, 11135.0 MHz, 11135.0 MHz, 11135.0 MHz, 11135.0 MHz, 11135.0 MHz, 11135.0 MHz, 11135.0 MHz, 11135.0 MHz, Grant Date: 03/24/2016, Expiration Date: 03/24/2026, Certifier: Scott Bedell, Registrant: Rockbridge Regional Public Safety Communications Center, 100 Baner Ln, Buena Vista, VA 24416, Phone: (540) 261-9300, Email:


FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

59 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Buena Vista)

2002 - 2018 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year Based on the data from the years 2002 - 2018 the average number of fires per year is 56. The highest number of fires - 86 took place in 2011, and the least - 27 in 2012. The data has a decreasing trend.
    Fire incident types in Buena Vista, VA When looking into fire subcategories, the most reports belonged to: Structure Fires (56.3%), and Outside Fires (24.5%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Buena Vista, VA
    • 53456.3%Structure Fires
    • 23224.5%Outside Fires
    • 11812.4%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 646.8%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Buena Vista, VA
Most common first names in Buena Vista, VA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James9571.0 years
William8971.5 years
Mary6477.7 years
John6175.1 years
Charles5369.2 years
Robert5071.3 years
Margaret4778.1 years
Virginia3079.6 years
George3075.4 years
Dorothy2875.3 years
Most common last names in Buena Vista, VA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Clark6971.7 years
Coleman4574.2 years
Chittum4375.0 years
Floyd3771.3 years
Huffman3774.4 years
Henson3676.6 years
Davis3574.4 years
Staton3276.2 years
Coffey3172.2 years
Smith2968.1 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Buena Vista, VA
  • 46.4%Electricity
  • 41.3%Utility gas
  • 6.7%Wood
  • 5.2%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.5%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Buena Vista, VA
  • 72.2%Electricity
  • 26.2%Utility gas
  • 1.6%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.


Buena Vista compared to Virginia state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value significantly 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.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of college students above state average.

Buena Vista on our top lists:

  • #6 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: production occupations (population 5,000+)"
  • #13 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the lowest number of burglaries per 100,000 residents (population 5,000+)"
  • #45 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: manufacturing (population 5,000+)"
  • #89 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest Ozone (1-hour) air pollution readings in 2012 (ppm)"
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  • Vann E. Staton (1)
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