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Wise County, VA&

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1.13% decline
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2.82% decline
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0.55% decline
Median Property Value
1.71% decline


The economy of Wise County, VA employs 13,661 people. The economy of Wise County, VA is specialized in Mining, Quarrying, Oil, Gas Extraction; Public Admin.; and Retail trade, which employ respectively 11.86; 1.82; and 1.31 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Wise County, VA are Retail trade (2,060), Healthcare & Social Assistance (1,835), and Educational Services (1,604), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, Oil, Gas Extraction ($66,278), Utilities ($63,500), and Transportation & Warehousing ($41,250).

Median household income in Wise County, VA is $36,352. Males in Wise County, VA have an average income that is 1.18 times higher than the average income of females, which is $38,586. The income inequality of Wise County, VA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.437 which is lower than the national average.


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Health & Safety

Insurance and Medicare coverage combined with state and county level health and safety statistics for Wise County, VA. In Wise County, VA the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 6-17 and 55-64, men and women, respectively. The location has a 1 to 48 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $11,348. Petersburg city, VA has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in Virginia.


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Wise County, VA is home to a population of 40,074 people, from which 99% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Wise County, VA is composed of 36,846 White residents (91.9%), 2,060 Black residents (5.14%), 493 Hispanic residents (1.23%), 428 Two+ residents (1.07%), and 179 Asian residents (0.45%). The most common foreign languages in Wise County, VA are Spanish (437 speakers), French (168 speakers), and German (109 speakers), but compared to other places, Wise County, VA has a relative high number of French (168 speakers), German (109 speakers), and Urdu (39 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in Wise County, VA awarded 930 degrees. The student population of Wise County, VA is skewed towards females, with 387 male students and 543 female students. Most students in Wise County, VA are White (855 and 91.9%), followed by Black or African American (25 and 2.69%), Hispanic or Latino (21 and 2.26%), and Unknown (18 and 1.94%). The largest universities in Wise County, VA by number of graduates are Mountain Empire Community College (636 and 68.4%), The University of Virginia's College at Wise (294 and 31.6%), and N/A (N/A and N/A). The most popular majors in Wise County, VA are General Social Sciences (80 and 8.6%), Liberal Arts & Sciences (67 and 7.2%), and General Business (49 and 5.27%). The median tuition costs in Wise County, VA are N/A for private four year colleges, and $5,210 and $21,278 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.



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Housing & Living

The median property value in Wise County, VA is $86,000, which is 0.42 times smaller than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value decreased from $87,500 to $86,000, a 1.71% increase. The homeownership rate of Wise County, VA is 68.6%, which is higher than the national average of 63.6%. People in Wise County, VA have an average commute time of 22 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Wise County, VA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.


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