3 reviews
  1. Town in Virginia
B
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Real Estate
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    C
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B
  12. Commute
    B

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$101,500
National
$176,700
Median Rent
$610
National
$904
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    46%
  • Own
    54%

Big Stone Gap Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    127
    264
  • Murder
    0
    5
  • Rape
    54
    37
  • Robbery
    18
    135
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    452
    575
  • Theft
    2,982
    2,114
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    72
    257

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$37,165
National
$53,046
Children
15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    5%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    9%
    18%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    26%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    26%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    33%
    14%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Colleges

Big Stone Gap Reviews

3 reviews
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.
  • Current Resident
  • 4 months ago
  • Overall Experience
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.
  • Current Resident
  • 17 days ago
  • Overall Experience
It is a small town and most people know each other by name. Our town is big on school sports. The people gather to watch the games even if they don't have children playing. Adriana Trigiana is a writer from Big Stone Gap. She produced a movie about our small town. It is a great place to raise your family.
  • Current Resident
  • 10 days ago
  • Overall Experience