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The 2000 Census showed that Wise County had a population of 40,123 people. This represented 0.57% of the total population of Virginia, making it the state's 26th most populous county (out of 134 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Wise had a population of 41,773 people. This is an increase of 4.11% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
201041,452+3.31%-0.77% since 2009
200941,773+4.11%+0.12% since 2008
200741,723+3.99%+0.14% since 2006
200241,756+4.07%-0.31% since 2001
200141,886+4.39%+4.39% since 2000
200040,123The Last Census

Wise County had 17,792 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Wise County has a total area<3> of 405.2 square miles [1,049 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of that area is covered by water (1.18 square miles [3.05 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Wise County had a population density of 99.3 people per square mile [38.34 people/km²], making it the state's 23rd most densely populated county (out of 134 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Wise County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Wise and the state of Virginia.

Click here for the Wise County QuickFact (QF-51195).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Wise County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Wise County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
Harlan (KY)QF-21095   W30,95633,202-6.76%
Letcher (KY)QF-21133   NW23,63325,277-6.5%
Pike (KY)QF-21195   N65,44668,736-4.79%
DickensonQF-51051   NE16,08716,395-1.88%
LeeQF-51105   SW25,16623,5896.69%
RussellQF-51167   E29,25030,308-3.49%
ScottQF-51169   S22,58523,403-3.5%

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Census QuickFact for Wise County

Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Wise. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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