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Wise, VA

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About Wise, VA

Wise, VA is located in Wise County in the state of Virginia.

The total City Population for Wise is about 2,976 with about 377 people per square mile.

The Average Home Value is $113,371, which is roughly 53% lower than the Average Home Value of $242,407 for the state of Virginia, and roughly 48% lower than the National Average of $217,072.

The Median Income Per Household is about $41,250, which is roughly 40% lower than the Average Median Income Per Household of $69,028 for the state of Virginia, and roughly 37% lower higher than the National Average of $65,026.

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Quick Stats

Wise Population 2,976
Average Home Value $113,371
Median Household Income $41,250
Median Age 41.1
Unemployment Rate 7.6%
Politics 80.45% Republican

Demographic Details

Average # of People Per Household: 2.38
Male Population Estimate: 54.2%
Female Population Estimate: 45.8%
Median Age: 41.1
Male Median Age: 35.8
Female Median Age: 39.6

Racial Demographic Estimates



Wise County voted Republican in the 2020 Presidential Election with a very significant difference of 77.13% between the winner and runner up.
Mark Warner
U.S. Senator
Mark Warner
Democratic Party
Tim Kaine
U.S. Senator
Tim Kaine
Democratic Party
Glenn Youngkin
State governor
Glenn Youngkin
Republican Party

Voting Results by Party

Republican: 80.45%
Democratic: 18.72%
Libertarian: 0.65%
Other: 0.19%

Crime Details

NOTE: Crime is available at the County level so this doesn't necessarily represent the city of Wise specifically.

Average # of Homicides for Wise County: About 5.05441 per 100,000 People
(last recorded in 2020)

Average # of Violent Crimes for Wise County: About 213.834 per 100,000 People
(last recorded in 2021)

Wise County is about 22% higher than the national average of about 4 homicides per 100,000 people, and about 26% lower than the national average of about 288 violent crimes per 100,000 people.


The Unemployment Rate for Wise is about 7.6%.

Virginia is ranked #23 out of 52 for Best and Worst States to Work in America, with an overall score of 49.97 out of 100.

23rd out of 52

Wage Policies

Overall Wage Policy Score: 32.22

The average living wage for the state of Virginia is $33.68/hr, while the states minimum wage is $9.50/hr, which can be set above the state standard, and is extended to farm workers. This gives Virginia a minimum wage score of 33.02 compared to all other states.

The minimum wage for tipped employees is $2.13/hr, which gives Virginia a minimum wage for tipped employees score of 0 compared to all other states.

The weekly unemployment (UI) benefit for Virginia is $197.60, resulting in a UI benefit score of 29.33 compared to all other states.

Worker Protection Policies

Overall Worker Protection Score: 71.43
Virginia does provide accommodations for pregnant workers.
Virginia does offer protections for workplace breastfeeding.
Virginia does mandate equal pay across gender and race.
Virginia does prohibit pay secrecy practices in the workplace.
X Virginia does restrict access to salary history to reduce gender and racial bias.
X Virginia does provide some form of paid family leave.
X Virginia does provide some form of paid sick leave.
X Virginia does not provide flexible scheduling of worker shifts.
X Virginia does not mandate pay reporting or "call-in" pay by employers.
X Virginia does not provide split shift pay regulation.
X Virginia does not provide workers advanced notice of shift scheduling.
Virginia does provide some form of sexual harassment protection in state law.
Virginia does extend workers compensation mandates to farmworkers.
Virginia does not extend worker protections to domestic workers.

Right To Organize Policies

Overall Right To Organize Score: 70
X Virginia does not have a "right-to-work" law.
Virginia does legalize project labor agreements to ensure a fair wage to workers on contract.
Virginia does not protect workers against wage theft retaliation.
Virginia does partially require collective bargaining for public workers.
Virginia does provide collective bargaining for teachers.
Virginia does provide wage negotiations for teachers.
Data from Oxfam America, Inc.
A global organization that fights inequality to end poverty and injustice.

Nearby Location

Additional Location Details

Zip Code(s): 24293
Latitude: 36.976700
Longitude: -82.580900
TimeZone: Eastern (GMT -05:00)
Daylight Saving: Yes
Region: South
Average Elevation: 2429.0 ft.
Area Code(s): 276