Big Stone Gap, VA

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2022 Population
39,773
1.13% 1-year decline
US Senator
Mark Warner
Democratic Party
US Senator
Tim Kaine
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
42
1.2% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
20.8%
1.2% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$46,680
5.78% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$107,600
13.3% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
14,156
0.834% 1-year decline

About

In 2022, Big Stone Gap, VA had a population of 39.8k people with a median age of 42 and a median household income of $46,680. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Big Stone Gap, VA declined from 40,227 to 39,773, a −1.13% decrease and its median household income grew from $44,131 to $46,680, a 5.78% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Big Stone Gap, VA are White (Non-Hispanic) (91.1%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (4.37%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.01%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (0.983%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (0.588%).

None of the households in Big Stone Gap, VA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

99.3% of the residents in Big Stone Gap, VA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Big Stone Gap, VA are Mountain Empire Community College (975 degrees awarded in 2022) and University of Virginia's College at Wise (233897) (233 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Big Stone Gap, VA was $107,600, and the homeownership rate was 68.6%.

Most people in Big Stone Gap, VA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 23 minutes. The average car ownership in Big Stone Gap, VA was 2 cars per household.

Big Stone Gap, VA borders Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA.

Population & Diversity

Big Stone Gap, VA is home to a population of 39.8k people, from which 99.3% are citizens. As of 2022, 1.62% of Big Stone Gap, VA residents were born outside of the country (646 people).

In 2022, there were 20.9 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (36.2k people) in Big Stone Gap, VA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.74k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 800 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

99.3%
2022 Citizenship
99.3%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 99.3% of Big Stone Gap, VA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Big Stone Gap, VA was 99.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Big Stone Gap, VA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    36.2k ± 182
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    1.74k ± 241
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    800 ± 235
1.21%
Hispanic Population
482 people

In 2022, there were 20.9 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (36.2k people) in Big Stone Gap, VA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.74k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 800 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

1.21% of the people in Big Stone Gap, VA are hispanic (482 people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Big Stone Gap, VA as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. El Salvador
    107,605 ± 8,003 people
  2. India
    98,735 ± 7,670 people
  3. Mexico
    59,855 ± 5,986 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Virginia was El Salvador, the natal country of 107,605 Virginia residents, followed by India with 98,735 and Mexico with 59,855.

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Foreign-Born Population

1.62%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
646 people
1.25%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
503 people

As of 2022, 1.62% of Big Stone Gap, VA residents (646 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Big Stone Gap, VA was 1.25%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    857 ± 206
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    484 ± 203
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    380 ± 144

Big Stone Gap, VA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.77 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Big Stone Gap, VA employs 14.2k people. The largest industries in Big Stone Gap, VA are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,173 people), Retail Trade (2,113 people), and Educational Services (1,571 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($78,534), Utilities ($70,167), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($67,034).

Males in Virginia have an average income that is 1.33 times higher than the average income of females, which is $69,674. The income inequality in Virginia (measured using the Gini index) is 0.475, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

14.2k
2022 Value
± 978
−0.834%
1 Year decline
± 9.93%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Big Stone Gap, VA declined at a rate of −0.834%, from 14.3k employees to 14.2k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Big Stone Gap, VA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,844 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,554 people), and Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (1,305 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Big Stone Gap, VA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

14.2k
2022 Value
± 978
−0.834%
1 Year decline
± 9.93%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Big Stone Gap, VA declined at a rate of −0.834%, from 14.3k employees to 14.2k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Big Stone Gap, VA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,173 people), Retail Trade (2,113 people), and Educational Services (1,571 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Big Stone Gap, VA, though some of these residents may live in Big Stone Gap, VA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$42,651
Median earning men ± $2,250
$29,377
Median earning women ± $3,519

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($67,034), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($55,938), and Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($55,640).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Information ($60,192), Manufacturing ($46,000), and Public Administration ($45,000).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.48%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 4.1M people employed in Virginia. This represents a 2.48% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 10.8%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Virginia.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 528
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 291
    Retail Trade
  3. 282
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Virginia went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 54.1% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (44%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.45%).

Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are the senators currently representing the state of Virginia. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Virginia is currently represented by 11 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Virginia

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Mark Warner
Senator from Virginia2
Assumed office on January 3, 2009
Tim Kaine
Senator from Virginia1
Assumed office on January 3, 2013

Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are the senators currently representing Virginia.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Virginia

Virginia is currently represented by 11 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Virginia have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Big Stone Gap, VA awarded 1,208 degrees. The student population of Big Stone Gap, VA in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 1,404 male students and 2,228 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Big Stone Gap, VA are White (1,104 and 91.4%), followed by Black or African American (42 and 3.48%), Two or More Races (27 and 2.24%), and Unknown (24 and 1.99%).

The largest universities in Big Stone Gap, VA by number of degrees awarded are Mountain Empire Community College (975 and 80.7%) and University of Virginia's College at Wise (233897) (233 and 19.3%).

The most popular majors in Big Stone Gap, VA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (181 and 15%), Other Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, & Treatment Professions (162 and 13.4%), and Other Liberal Arts & Sciences, General Studies, & Humanities (145 and 12%).

The median tuition cost in Big Stone Gap, VA for a public four year colleges is $6,040 for in-state students and $25,419 for out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Big Stone Gap, VA, the percentage of applicants admitted was 75.6%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 39.8%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 3,632 (38.7% men and 61.3% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 3,632 students enrolled in Big Stone Gap, VA, 38.7% men and 61.3% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 2,981 records, of which 62.5% were women and 37.5% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 119 degrees awarded
  2. 55 degrees awarded
  3. 19 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Big Stone Gap, VA was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 119 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Big Stone Gap, VA according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 975 degrees awarded
  2. 233 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Mountain Empire Community College with 975 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 465 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Big Stone Gap, VA, which is 0.626 times less than the 743 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 1,104 degrees mean that there were 26.3 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 42 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Public, 4-year or above ($6,040) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($5,458) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,600) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.884% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.904% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (1.71M), Bachelors Degree (1.47M), and Some college (1.4M).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Big Stone Gap, VA was $107,600 in 2022, which is 0.382 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $95,000 to $107,600, a 13.3% increase. The homeownership rate in Big Stone Gap, VA is 68.6%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Big Stone Gap, VA have an average commute time of 23 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Big Stone Gap, VA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Big Stone Gap, VA is $46,680. In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Big Stone Gap, VA was Loudoun County, VA with a value of $170,463, followed by Falls Church city, VA and Fairfax County, VA, with respective values of $164,536 and $145,165.

Property

$107,600
Median Property Value 2022
±$6,776
$10,726
Median Property Taxes
±$758

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Big Stone Gap, VA the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

68.6%
Homeownership
2022
62.8%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 68.6% of the housing units in Big Stone Gap, VA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 69.3%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Big Stone Gap, VA was Loudoun County, VA with a value of $170,463, followed by Falls Church city, VA and Fairfax County, VA, with respective values of $164,536 and $145,165.

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Household Income

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$46,680
Median Household Income
± $3,001
15.6k
Number of Households
± 998

In 2022, the median household income of the 15.6k households in Big Stone Gap, VA grew to $46,680 from the previous year's value of $44,131.

The following chart displays the households in Big Stone Gap, VA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the < $10k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Big Stone Gap, VA is from Virginia.
0.475
2022 Wage GINI in Virginia
0.476
2021 Wage GINI in Virginia

In 2022, the income inequality in Virginia was 0.475 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.164% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Virginia was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Virginia in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (79.6%)
  2. Carpooled (8.85%)
  3. Worked At Home (6.68%)

In 2022, 79.6% of workers in Big Stone Gap, VA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (8.85%) and those who worked at home (6.68%).

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Commute Time

23 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Big Stone Gap, VA have a shorter commute time (23 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 3.53% of the workforce in Big Stone Gap, VA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Big Stone Gap, VA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Big Stone Gap, VA have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

20.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Big Stone Gap, VA (7.66k out of 36.8k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Males 18 - 24.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Big Stone Gap, VA is White, followed by Two Or More and Black.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

91.9% of the population of Big Stone Gap, VA has health coverage, with 34.7% on employee plans, 25.7% on Medicaid, 18.4% on Medicare, 10.4% on non-group plans, and 2.75% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Virginia see 1310 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.13% decrease from the previous year (1325 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1393 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 484 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,310 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Virginia

Primary care physicians in Virginia see an average of 1,310 patients per year. This represents a 1.13% decrease from the previous year (1,325 patients).

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 20.9% under 18 years, 19.6% between 18 and 34 years, 39.7% between 35 and 64 years, and 19.7% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48% were men and 52% were women.

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Uninsured People

8.05%
Uninsured
34.7%
Employer Coverage
25.7%
Medicaid
18.4%
Medicare
10.4%
Non-Group
2.75%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Big Stone Gap, VA declined by 13.3% from 9.28% to 8.05%.

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