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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    A-
  3. Housing
    A-
  4. Nightlife
    B-
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    A
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C+
  12. Commute
    B-
Wise is a town in Virginia with a population of 3,084. Wise is in Wise County. Living in Wise offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many young professionals live in Wise and residents tend to be conservative. The public schools in Wise are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$117,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$626
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    42%
  • Own
    58%
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Wise 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
A-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    32.7
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    98.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    0
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    261.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    490.8
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    98.2
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    11%
  • 25-34 years
    18%
  • 35-44 years
    5%
  • 45-54 years
    21%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    9%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    16%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    34%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    25%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    16%
    13%

Working in Wise

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$52,582
National
$55,322
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Wise Reviews

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Wise is a small town w/ a friendly community. The major problems faced by the area are drugs, poverty, and lack of jobs. Even so, there are lots of well-to-do families here with well paying jobs. Central is arguably the best high school in the county. School sports are competitive w/ one another. Many competitors go to state. The local colleges are UVA Wise and MECC. For fun, it's great if you love the outdoors (hiking, fishing, hunting, etc.). Beautiful mountains. There are some state parks nearby. Teens go to the movies, bowling alley, or sporting events. There are a few small shopping centers. The nearest mall is an hour away. There are several gyms. For food, there is lots of fast food, Mexican, Italian, & Asian, & 2 steakhouses. There are many churches here. Not everyone is religious, though. Regarding politics, the area is conservative. Overall, I'd say Wise isn't for everyone, but if you like nature, a close-knit community, & small town life, Wise is a great place to be.
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Small, not much to do. Good if you love that sort of thing. Has bluegrass music festivals quite frequently.
Wise is a very small, friendly, town. There are not many attractions or restaurants, however, that is what makes this small town attractive to so many people. Residents of wise love the peace, quiet, and safety that Wise offers.