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B-
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    C+
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    C+
  7. Jobs
    C-
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B-
  12. Commute
    B
Wise County is located in Virginia with a population of 39,539. In Wise County, most residents own their homes. Residents of Wise County tend to be conservative. The public schools in Wise County are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$84,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$634
National
$949
Area Feel
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    31%
  • Own
    69%
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Wise County 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
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    93.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    79.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    14.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    296.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,705
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    108.4
    284

Residents

Diversity
C+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    5%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    9%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    32%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    24%
    13%

Working in Wise County

Jobs
C-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$38,255
National
$55,322

Places to Work in Wise County

Wise County Reviews

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Wise Virginia is a beautiful little town tucked in the Appalachian mountains. There is a good sense of community and acceptance in this area that I have never felt anywhere else. It is far enough away that it is quiet and peaceful, but also close enough to a major city that amenities are convenient. UVA-Wise is the highlight of the town and brings in diversity and education that is accessible to everyone. Overall it is an amazing county, and a fantastic place to live.
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Wise County has been my home for my whole life. I love the people of wise county and how people got out of there way for you. This county has got some good places to eat with really good schools. For the most part this county is very peaceful place to live. The Mountain view are very very beautiful.
The geography of this area is nice but it is a relatively poor area. The coal mines have played a vital part of this areas economy, declines in the supply and demand of coal have hit the homes of coal miners. This substantail change in the economy has lead to a substantial decline in income.