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Buena Vista city, Virginia (VA)

County population in 2019: 6,546 (96% urban, 4% rural); it was 6,349 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 1,097
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 623
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 1,799
Renter-occupied apartments: 883 (it was 748 in 2000)
% of renters here:

29%
State:

33%

Land area: 7 sq. mi.

Water area: 0.0 sq. mi.

Population density: 958 people per square mile   (very high).

March 2019 cost of living index in Buena Vista city: 82.6 (low, U.S. average is 100)

Industries providing employment: Manufacturing (50.8%), Educational, health and social services (49.2%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 60%
  • Government: 0%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 40%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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  • Races in Buena Vista city, VA (2019)
    • 5,69787.9%White Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 4837.5%Black Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 1282.0%Asian alone
    • 1221.9%Hispanic or Latino
    • 350.5%Two or more races
    • 130.2%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone
    • 50.08%American Indian and Alaska Native alone
Median resident age:

35.8 years
Virginia median age:

38.5 years
Males: 2,804  (42.8%)
Females: 3,742  (57.2%)
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Average household size:
Buena Vista city:

2.0 people
Virginia:

3 people

Estimated median household income in 2019: $33,431 ($32,410 in 1999)
This county:

$33,431
Virginia:

$76,456

Median contract rent in 2019 for apartments: $565 (lower quartile is $518, upper quartile is $673)
This county:

$565
State:

$1091


Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $133,878 (it was $71,400 in 2000)
Buena Vista city:

$133,878
Virginia:

$288,800
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $94,441 - $176,628

Mean price in 2019:

Detached houses: $145,759
Here:

$145,759
State:

$377,025

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $152,988
Here:

$152,988
State:

$265,498

Mobile homes: $65,847
Here:

$65,847
State:

$76,756

Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,008
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $401

Institutionalized population: 74
Buena Vista city, VA map from a distance
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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $1,218 (0.9%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $1,367 (1.1%)

Distribution of median household income in Buena Vista city, VA in 2019
Distribution of house value in Buena Vista city, VA in 2019
Distribution of rent paid by renters in Buena Vista city, VA in 2019
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 24.0%
Buena Vista city:

24.0%
Virginia:

9.9%
(23.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 13.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 32.6% for other race residents)

Median age of residents in 2019: 35.8 years old
(Males: 37.2 years old, Females: 33.8 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 40.4 years old, Black residents: 25.9 years old, Asian residents: 16.1 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 24.1 years old)

Area name: Rockbridge County-Buena Vista city-Lexington city, VA HUD Nonmetro FMR Area
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Buena Vista city is $434 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $483 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $703 a month.

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

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Buena Vista city: Sandy Ridge Volunteer Fire Department (A), Coeburn Police Department (B), Coeburn Volunteer Fire Department (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Dolores County, Colorado , Cumberland County , Gray County, Kansas , San Juan County, Colorado , Mathews County .

Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

4.7%
Virginia:

4.6%

Unemployment by year in Buena Vista city, VA

Current college students: 419
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 80.7%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 16.3%

Number of foreign born residents: 70 (35.9% naturalized citizens)

Buena Vista city:

1.1%
Whole state:

12.7%
Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • 542010 or later
  • 02000 to 2009
  • 21990 to 1999
  • 41980 to 1989
  • 101970 to 1979
  • 9Before 1970

Mean travel time to work (commute): 19.6 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 37.6%

Buena Vista city marital status for males Buena Vista city marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 2,423
  • One, attached: 46
  • Two: 48
  • 3 or 4: 96
  • 5 to 9: 12
  • 10 to 19: 105
  • 20 to 49: 11
  • 50 or more: 98
  • Mobile homes: 60

Housing units in Buena Vista city with a mortgage: 1,034 (40 second mortgage, 53 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 701

Here:

0.1% with mortgage
State:

67.7% with mortgage

Food Environment Statistics:




Number of convenience stores (with gas): 3
Buena Vista city:

4.59 / 10,000 pop.
Virginia:

4.03 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 5
This county:

7.65 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.65 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Buena Vista city:

9.7%
Virginia:

9.3%

Adult obesity rate:
Buena Vista city:

27.0%
State:

26.7%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

17.9%
State:

18.6%

Earthquake activity:

Buena Vista city-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 Buena Vista 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 county 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 county 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 county 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 city 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 the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)
Means of transportation to work in 2019 - Buena Vista city

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 1,883 (82.3%)
  • Carpooled: 124 (5.4%)
  • Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means: 63 (2.8%)
  • Walked: 150 (6.6%)
  • Worked at home: 63 (2.8%)
Class of Workers in 2019
Most common industries in 2019 (%)
Males Females
Most common industries for males in 2019


  • Health care and social assistance (21%)
  • Manufacturing (19%)
  • Accommodation and food services (16%)
  • Educational services (16%)
  • Other services, except public administration (8%)
  • Retail trade (8%)
  • Utilities (3%)

Most common industries for females in 2019


  • Health care and social assistance (21%)
  • Manufacturing (19%)
  • Accommodation and food services (16%)
  • Educational services (16%)
  • Other services, except public administration (8%)
  • Retail trade (8%)
  • Utilities (3%)

Most common occupations in 2019 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations for males in 2019


  • Production occupations (23%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (11%)
  • Material moving occupations (9%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (6%)
  • Management occupations (6%)
  • Transportation occupations (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)

Most common occupations for females in 2019


  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (21%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (15%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (14%)
  • Production occupations (10%)
  • Educational instruction, and library occupations (7%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (6%)
  • Material moving occupations (4%)

Most common places of birth for foreign-born residents


  • Peru (41%)
  • Mexico (37%)
  • Canada (21%)
  • Latvia (1%)
  • Sweden (0%)
  • United Kingdom, excluding England and Scotland (0%)
  • England (0%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Buena Vista city


  • American (46%)
  • German (5%)
  • English (5%)
  • European (5%)
  • Scotch-Irish (4%)
  • Irish (2%)
  • Northern European (2%)

Owners and renters by unit type
Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders
202 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
89 people in nursing homes
326 people in college/university student housing
74 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $41,939.

8.11% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($27,946 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.11%
Virginia average:

9.50%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
7.02% relocated from other counties in Virginia ($23,258 average AGI)
1.09% relocated from other states ($4,688 average AGI)
Buena Vista city:

1.09%
Virginia average:

3.61%

Residents relocating <b>from</b> other counties or countries

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Rockbridge County, VA  4.23% ($25,031 average AGI)


10.68% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($29,694 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

10.68%
Virginia average:

9.76%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
8.18% relocated to other counties in Virginia ($23,583 average AGI)
2.50% relocated to other states ($6,111 average AGI)
Buena Vista city:

2.50%
Virginia average:

3.89%

Residents relocating <b>to</b> other counties or countries

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Rockbridge County, VA  4.54% ($30,636 average AGI)
to Lexington city, VA  0.85% ($26,450)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.8
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 9.7

Births per 1000 population in Buena Vista city

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.7
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.2
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2019: 12.1

Deaths per 1000 population in Buena Vista city

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 5.7
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 11.8

Infant deaths per 1000 population in Buena Vista city
Population without health insurance coverage in 2018: 9.8%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2018: 3.3%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Buena Vista city
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19
Population without health insurance coverage in Buena Vista city
18-64 population without health insurance coverage in Buena Vista city
40-64 population without health insurance coverage in Buena Vista city
50-64 population without health insurance coverage in Buena Vista city
Population under 19 years without health insurance coverage in Buena Vista city

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 1,316 (1,036 aged, 280 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 60 (4%)
Persons enrolled in Medicare
Aged persons enrolled in Medicare
Disabled persons enrolled in Medicare

Most common underlying causes of death in Buena Vista city, Virginia in 1999 - 2019:

  • Unspecified dementia (33)
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (11)
  • Congestive heart failure (10)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 10%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 6%

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,165
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,227
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 16

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 80
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 93

Household type by relationship:

Households: 6,546
  • Male householders: 1,053 (248 living alone), Female householders: 1,495 (418 living alone)
  • 1,092 spouses (1,066 opposite-sex spouses), 157 unmarried partners, (157 opposite-sex unmarried partners), 1,596 children (1,544 natural, 40 adopted, 6 stepchildren), 240 grandchildren, 91 brothers or sisters, 71 parents, 17 foster children, 105 other relatives, 100 non-relatives
  • In group quarters: 534

Size of family households: 637 2-persons, 610 3-persons, 279 4-persons, 172 5-persons, 38 6-persons, 11 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 666 1-person, 102 2-persons, 23 3-persons.

604 married couples with children.
420 single-parent households (114 men, 306 women).

96.8% of residents of Buena Vista city speak English at home.
2.1% of residents speak Spanish at home (69% speak English very well, 31% speak English well).
0.4% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (100% speak English very well).
0.3% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (100% speak English very well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $41,619,000 ($6,680 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $1,320,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $22,206,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $9,537,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $4,000
Federal grants: $6,564,000
Federal procurement contracts: $1,694,000 ($276,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $1,616,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $120,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $2,432,000
Federal Government insurance: $14,963,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 351
Here:

55 per 1000 residents
State:

70 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 388
Here:

60 per 1000 residents
State:

40 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +11
Here:

+2 per 1000 residents
State:

+18 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +122
Here:

+19 per 1000 residents
State:

+14 per 1000 residents
Population growth in Buena Vista city

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.00 millions of gallons per day (all from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.7
State:

7.0

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

5.0
State:

4.4

Year house built in Buena Vista city, Virginia
  • Year house built in Buena Vista city, Virginia
  • 02014 or later
  • 72010 to 2013
  • 3852000 to 2009
  • 3401990 to 1999
  • 2761980 to 1989
  • 3231970 to 1979
  • 2781960 to 1969
  • 4921950 to 1959
  • 2661940 to 1949
  • 4701939 or earlier
Rooms in houses/apartments in Buena Vista city, Virginia
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Buena Vista city, Virginia
  • Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Buena Vista city, Virginia
  • 01 room
  • 02 rooms
  • 233 rooms
  • 1144 rooms
  • 6545 rooms
  • 2806 rooms
  • 2137 rooms
  • 2118 rooms
  • 2259+ rooms
Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Buena Vista city, Virginia
  • Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Buena Vista city, Virginia
  • 01 room
  • 272 rooms
  • 773 rooms
  • 1594 rooms
  • 2825 rooms
  • 1346 rooms
  • 147 rooms
  • 628 rooms
  • 559+ rooms
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Buena Vista city, Virginia
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Buena Vista city, Virginia
  • Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Buena Vista city, Virginia
  • 0no bedroom
  • 591 bedroom
  • 3282 bedrooms
  • 9893 bedrooms
  • 3134 bedrooms
  • 255+ bedrooms
Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Buena Vista city, Virginia
  • Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Buena Vista city, Virginia
  • 0no bedroom
  • 1161 bedroom
  • 2852 bedrooms
  • 3443 bedrooms
  • 734 bedrooms
  • 05+ bedrooms
Cars and other vehicles available in Buena Vista city, Virginia in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Cars and other vehicles available in Buena Vista city in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Buena Vista city in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • 12no vehicle
  • 5061 vehicle
  • 6402 vehicles
  • 3293 vehicles
  • 1244 vehicles
  • 1155+ vehicles
Cars and other vehicles available in Buena Vista city in renter-occupied apartments
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Buena Vista city in renter-occupied apartments
  • 75no vehicle
  • 2711 vehicle
  • 3722 vehicles
  • 663 vehicles
  • 374 vehicles
  • 05+ vehicles

81.4% of Buena Vista city residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 12% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 43% lived in Virginia.

Buena Vista city:

81.4%
State average:

84.7%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 4,797
  • Other state: 1,666
  • Northeast: 292
  • Midwest: 89
  • South: 541
  • West: 748
Year householders moved into unit in Buena Vista city, VA
Most commonly used house heating fuel in Buena Vista city
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos
  • 50.4%Electricity
  • 40.1%Utility gas
  • 5.7%Wood
  • 2.2%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 1.6%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments
  • 51.9%Electricity
  • 44.2%Utility gas
  • 4.0%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 30
Here:

4.4%
Virginia:

10.4%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 0
Here:

0.0%
Virginia:

10.4%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 620
Here:

75.0%
Virginia:

20.4%

Educational Attainment
School Enrollment by Level of School
Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Noninstitutionalized Residents with Employment Disability

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2004:

  • Total number of recipients: 200
  • Number of aged recipients: 28
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 172
  • Number of recipients under 18: 37
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 118
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 45
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 81
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 72
Most common first names in Buena Vista city, 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 city, 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