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Wise, Virginia

Wise is a town located in Wise County, Virginia. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 3,255. It is the county seat of Wise County6.


\nWise is located at 36°58'41" North, 82°34'37" West (36.978057, -82.577033)
1. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 8.0 km² (3.1 mi²). 8.0 km² (3.1 mi²) of it is land and none of the area is covered with water.


\nAs of the
census of 2000, there are 3,255 people, 1,424 households, and 868 families residing in the town. The population density is 409.4/km² (1,059.4/mi²). There are 1,594 housing units at an average density of 200.5/km² (518.8/mi²). The racial makeup of the town is 95.24% White, 1.94% African American, 0.28% Native American, 1.14% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.77% from other races, and 0.65% from two or more races. 1.41% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race. There are 1,424 households out of which 26.3% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.0% are married couples living together, 10.3% have a female householder with no husband present, and 39.0% are non-families. 34.6% of all households are made up of individuals and 14.0% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.17 and the average family size is 2.79. In the town the population is spread out with 19.7% under the age of 18, 11.3% from 18 to 24, 30.7% from 25 to 44, 23.4% from 45 to 64, and 15.0% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 38 years. For every 100 females there are 101.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 99.7 males. The median income for a household in the town is $28,531, and the median income for a family is $36,875. Males have a median income of $30,170 versus $21,389 for females. The per capita income for the town is $18,760. 15.6% of the population and 12.6% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 15.3% are under the age of 18 and 11.6% are 65 or older.