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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    A-
  4. Nightlife
    C+
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    C
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B-
  12. Commute
    B
Big Stone Gap is a town in Virginia with a population of 5,395. Big Stone Gap is in Wise County. Living in Big Stone Gap offers residents a suburban rural mix feel and most residents own their homes. Many families live in Big Stone Gap and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Big Stone Gap are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$110,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$636
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban Rural Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    39%
  • Own
    61%
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Big Stone Gap Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    37.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    56.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    18.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    300
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,887.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    56.2
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    6%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 25-34 years
    19%
  • 35-44 years
    19%
  • 45-54 years
    8%
  • 55-64 years
    15%
  • 65+ years
    13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    13%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    27%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    26%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    27%
    13%

Working in Big Stone Gap

Jobs
C
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$40,619
National
$55,322

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Big Stone Gap Reviews

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The town of Big Stone Gap Virginia is a very small town, population level under 9,000. The residents mostly consist of Homophobic, Hypocritical Christians with an entitlement issue and slight racism. But all in all, the crime rate is low, the people are nice, the cost of living is low, the jobs are very difficult to find and not good work when you do find one. The coal industry was a huge part of this area, and after EPA restrictions much of the populous is now unemployed. There was recently a movie made about our area in which the setting was nearly 40 years ago, but much of the town was able to be displayed as it it now, because, well, not much has changed. If you can ignore the racism, and withstand constantly choking on the bible that will inevitably be shoved directly down your throat, then this is a good place to live. Beautiful scenery, the mountains are gorgeous, surrounds us on all sides, makes you feel safe.
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I've lived in Big Stone Gap for 21 years, and my experience is not bad but it is boring. Big Stone is a tiny town with friendly people good food, and you are hugged by beautiful mountains. Big Stone also has my college I attend which is called Mountain empire community college. Even though there is not many activities to do here, I still love my town. There is some downsides to my town, it is known as a coal town and many coal mines are going out of business making a lot of stores go out of business. It is difficult to find a job here, and without and Job it's difficult to afford to find and place to live. Still, I love my town and the people in it.
Well I've lived here all my life and I could never think less of it. It is a very welcoming community where everyone knows each other. News spreads quickly and everyone is a family. We have many self owned business' that have become the center of our town. It is a lovely place I wouldn't change anything about.