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Wise, Virginia

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The location of Wise

Welcome to Wise ...

The town of Wise is located in Wise County and is the County Seat for Wise County.

The location of Wise has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<1>

From the  Census Estimates for 2017, Wise has a population of 2,998 people<2> (see below for details).

Wise is 2,450 feet [747 m] above sea level.<3> In other words, the altitude of Wise is about ½ mile above sea level.

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

Wise is located in the (276) area code.

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Wise had a population of 3,286 people (which is 7.93% of the total population of Wise County). This makes Wise the county's 2nd most populous community.

The population of Wise represents 0.04% of the population of Virginia (which has 8,001,024 people), making it the state's 79th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 3,286 people, the population of Wise has remained roughly the same as the 2000 Census (with a count of 3,255 people).

Taken from the 2017 Census Estimates, Wise had an population of 2,998 people. This is a decrease of 8.76% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 7.9% since the 2000 Census).

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

Communities near Wise ...

A sample of nearby communities can be found below.

Keep in mind that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance from Wise and not the distance if you are driving.<4>.

Community   2017
Fleming-Neon (KY)   [Map]   699   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
Jenkins (KY)   [Map]   2,011   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
Whitesburg (KY)   [Map]   1,914   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
Appalachia   [Map]   1,590   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
Big Stone Gap   [Map]   5,263   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
Clintwood   [Map]   1,327   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]

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

Communities Also Named Wise ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 18 communities that are also named Wise - they are located in Alabama, Arkansas (2), California, Georgia (2), Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina (2), Texas (2) and West Virginia.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Wise.

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 Wise. 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 Wise. 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 Wise. Our list includes 5 papers.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Wise:

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Wise ...

Looking for more information about Wise? 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 Wise, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Wise.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Wise. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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Footnotes ...

<1>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.

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<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Wise.

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<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Wise - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<4>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Wise) 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 Wise. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Wise

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Wise. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 36.9770, Longitude: -82.5804     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Wise have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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