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Time Zone: Wise County lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time.

The community of Wise is the Seat for Wise County.

Wise County was founded in 1856.

From the Census Estimates for 2009, <1> Wise had a population of 41,773 people. This is an increase of 4.11% since the last Census (which gave a population of 40,123 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, Wise represented 0.57% of the total population of Virginia, making it the state's 26th most populous county (out of 134 counties).

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
200040,123The Last Census

More information can be found on the Wise County Census Page for Wise County.


Below are some of the communities located in Wise County (for more communities, please visit our Nearby Page for Wise County):

Community 2009
(2009vs. 2000)
Big Stone Gap   5,6434,85616.21% increase  
Wise   3,2283,2550.83% decrease  
Coeburn   1,9791,9960.85% decrease  
Appalachia   1,7241,8396.25% decrease  
Pound   1,0731,0891.47% decrease  

Websites for Wise County

Official Website:   www.wisecounty.org/

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

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