B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    B+
  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
    C
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C+
  12. Commute
    B-

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$109,500
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$625
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    41%
  • Own
    59%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    92
    273
  • Murder
    18
    6
  • Rape
    18
    41
  • Robbery
    37
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    277
    525
  • Theft
    3,302
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    0
    263

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$37,036
National
$53,889
Children
13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    5%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    10%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    26%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    29%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    30%
    13%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools

Big Stone Gap Reviews

4 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.
It is a nice town. I've lived here my entire life, but it is dated and mostly made up of ignorant racists. It could be improved by kicking out 80 percent of the population. It would them be a much more positive place to live.