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Welcome to Big Stone Gap ...

The town of Big Stone Gap is located in Wise County.

From the  Census Estimates for 2017, Big Stone Gap has a population of 5,263 people<1> (see below for details).

Big Stone Gap was incorporated April 7, 1882.

The community of Big Stone Gap was originally named Mineral City.

Big Stone Gap is 1,480 feet [451 m] above sea level.<2>.

Time Zone: Big Stone Gap lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Big Stone Gap is located in the (276) area code.

The ZIP code for Big Stone Gap: 24219<3>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Big Stone Gap had a population of 5,614 people (which is 13.54% of the total population of Wise County). This makes Big Stone Gap the county's most populous community.

The population of Big Stone Gap represents 0.07% of the total population of Virginia (which has 8,001,024 people), making it the state's 61st most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 5,614 people, the population of Big Stone Gap increased 15.61% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 4,856 people).

Taken from the 2017 Census Estimates, Big Stone Gap had an population of 5,263 people. This is a decrease of 6.25% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 8.38% since the 2000 Census).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Big Stone Gap.

Communities near Big Stone Gap ...

A sample of nearby communities can be found below.

Please note that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance from Big Stone Gap and not the distance if driven.<4>.

Community   2017
Benham (KY)   [Map]   442   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
Cumberland (KY)   [Map]   1,998   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
Lynch (KY)   [Map]   665   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
Whitesburg (KY)   [Map]   1,914   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
Coeburn   [Map]   1,901   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
Gate City   [Map]   1,907   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Big Stone Gap.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Big Stone Gap. If available, we provide a satellite view of the cemetery.
  • Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Big Stone Gap. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Big Stone Gap. Our list includes 6 papers.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Big Stone Gap:

Websites for Big Stone Gap ...

Official Website:

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Big Stone Gap ...

Looking for more information about Big Stone Gap? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Big Stone Gap, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Big Stone Gap.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Virginia

About Wise County

About Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Big Stone Gap:

The official website for Wise County:

The official website for State of Virginia:

Footnotes ...

<1>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Big Stone Gap.

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<2>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Big Stone Gap - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<3>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a town (such as Big Stone Gap). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Big Stone Gap or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

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<4>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Big Stone Gap) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Big Stone Gap. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Big Stone Gap

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Big Stone Gap. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 36.8697, Longitude: -82.7741     [Map].

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