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Wise is a town in Wise County.

It is the county seat.

The community was named for Gov. Henry A. Wise

The latitude of Wise is 36.975N. The longitude is -82.575W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 2,451 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 3,240.


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Median household income
Local
$28,531
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Wise demographic reports
Wise is in the Cumberland Mountains
Former and merged names include:
· Gladesville
· Wise Court House
· Big Glades
· Gladeville
Coal mining began here in the 1880s
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 9. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 2.8 per 1,000 people.
Well-known residents have included:
· George C. Scott, actor
Local festivals include:
  • Fall Fling - Oct. 6-7, 2007
  • Concord Grape Festival - Sept. 15, 2007
  • Virginia-Kentucky District Fair & Horse Show - June 4-9, 2007
  • Shub Rose Festival - June 9, 2007
  • Summer Fun in the Sun - Aug. 25, 2007
Dates often change. Check Wise web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: Bear Creek Reservoir
Colleges and universities: University of Virginia's College at Wise
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)

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9% of Wise residents report German ancestry, and 8% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Wise ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Wise was $18,760, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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23% of Wise residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Median rent in Wise, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $290.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $875.


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Wise County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Wise political report.

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The average commute time for Wise workers is 16 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

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Wise, VA

Pros: Low crime rate, friendly people

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