Big Stone Gap, Virginia Population 2024

5,070

Big Stone Gap is a city located in Lee County, Scott County, and Wise County Virginia. Big Stone Gap has a 2024 population of 5,070. Big Stone Gap is currently declining at a rate of -0.86% annually and its population has decreased by -3.32% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 5,244 in 2020.

The average household income in Big Stone Gap is $68,940 with a poverty rate of 16.42%. The median age in Big Stone Gap is 38.3 years: 36.9 years for males, and 39.7 years for females.

Big Stone Gap Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Big Stone Gap was:

  • White: 77.67%
  • Black or African American: 15.95%
  • Two or more races: 3.01%
  • Asian: 2.91%
  • Native American: 0.31%
  • Other race: 0.15%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0%
Land Area (mi²)
4.8 sq mi
Density (mi²)
1,056.50/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
-3.32% (-174)
The current population of Big Stone Gap, Virginia is 5,070 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates (released May 2024). The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 5,244.

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White4,05577.67%
Black or African American83315.95%
Two or more races1573.01%
Asian1522.91%
Native American160.31%
Other race80.15%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander00%

White

Black or African American

Two or more races

Asian

Native American

Other race

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Big Stone Gap Population by Race

Big Stone Gap Population Pyramid 2024

Big Stone Gap Median Age

38.3

Total

36.9

Male

39.7

Female

Big Stone Gap Adults

There are 4,168 adults, (748 of whom are seniors) in Big Stone Gap.

Big Stone Gap Age Dependency

52.7

Age Dependency Ratio

21.9

Old Age Dependency Ratio

30.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Big Stone Gap Sex Ratio

Female2,12840.76%
Male3,09359.24%

Big Stone Gap Population by Age

Big Stone Gap Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All1,6232.3949.450.6
Married7702.8956.143.9
Non Family5131.0862.437.6
Female2133.141585
Male1273.3313.486.6

2.89

Average Family Size

2.39

Average Household Size

49.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Big Stone Gap Households and Families

Male

Female

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Education Attained
Count
Percentage
9th to 12th Grade3539.49%
Associates Degree40210.8%
Bachelors Degree44511.96%
Graduate Degree2787.47%
High School Graduate1,08029.02%
Less Than 9th Grade2296.15%
Some College93425.1%

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Big Stone Gap Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Big Stone Gap Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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Race
Total
High School
Bachelors
White2,6232,308604
Black7655250
2+ Races15313015
Asian152148104
Hispanic382715
Native American16160
Other Race880

The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 68.42%.

Big Stone Gap Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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Name
Average
Male
Female
Bachelors Degree$47,705$55,352$42,235
Graduate Degree$60,625$65,393$0
High School Graduate$20,156$21,855$16,389
Less Than 9th Grade$0$0$0
Overall$34,398$30,988$38,402
Some College$37,659$31,574$38,736

$34,398

Average Earnings

$30,988

Average Male

$38,402

Average Female

Big Stone Gap Earnings by Educational Attainment

Big Stone Gap Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Big Stone Gap Language

94.68% of Big Stone Gap residents speak only English, while 5.32% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other Indo-European, which is spoken by 3.02% of the population.

Big Stone Gap Language

Big Stone Gap Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White3,62763517.51%
Black5347.55%

16.42%

Overall Poverty Rate

14.39%

Male Poverty Rate

18.35%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Big Stone Gap

The race most likely to be in poverty in Big Stone Gap is White, with 17.51% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Big Stone Gap is Black, with 7.55% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 14.51%. Among those working part-time, it was 8.89%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 8.21%.

Big Stone Gap Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade64.25%
High School20.97%
Some College3.38%
Bachelors or Greater2.92%

Big Stone Gap Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Male Employed14.43%
Female Employed9.32%
Male Unemployed0%
Female Unemployed0%

Big Stone Gap Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Big Stone Gap Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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Name
Median
Mean
Families$70,370$75,522
Households$52,663$68,940
Married Families$81,667$-999,999,999
Non Families$43,432$52,724

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Big Stone Gap Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

36.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

33.8%

Male Marriage Rate

42.0%

Female Marriage Rate

Big Stone Gap Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Big Stone Gap Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Big Stone Gap Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Big Stone Gap Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

351

Number of Veterans

337

Male Veterans

14

Female Veterans

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War
Veterans
Vietnam130
Second Gulf War110
First Gulf War73
Korea0
World War II0

Big Stone Gap Veterans by War

count

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Age Group
Veterans
35 to 54140
65 to 7476
55 to 6473
75+54
18 to 348

Big Stone Gap Veterans by Age

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Name
Veterans
% of Total
White2307.66%
Black9211.04%
2+ Races2113.38%
Hispanic1938.78%
Other Race8100%

Big Stone Gap Veterans by Race

Big Stone Gap Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

0%

Veteran Poverty Rate

36.51%

Veteran Disability Rate

Big Stone Gap Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

45.5%

Labor Force Participation

40.2%

Employment Rate

11.7%

Unemployment Rate

Big Stone Gap Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Big Stone Gap Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Big Stone Gap Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

61.62%

Born in Big Stone Gap

96.04%

Native Born

3.96%

Foreign Born

0.52%

Non Citizen

3.45%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

96.04% of Big Stone Gap residents were born in the United States, with 61.62% having been born in Virginia. 0.52% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Big Stone Gap Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
20294,854-43-0.88%
20284,897-43-0.87%
20274,940-44-0.88%
20264,984-43-0.86%
20255,027-43-0.85%
20245,070-44-0.86%
20235,114-27-0.53%
20225,141-51-0.98%
20215,192-52-0.99%
20205,2441082.1%
20195,136-57-1.1%
20185,193-67-1.27%
20175,260-67-1.26%
20165,327-61-1.13%
20155,388-59-1.08%
20145,447-92-1.66%
20135,539-43-0.77%
20125,582-38-0.68%
20115,620-4-0.07%
20105,62400%
20004,8561082.27%
19904,74800%
19804,74859514.33%
19704,153-535-11.41%
19604,688-485-9.38%
19505,17384219.44%
19404,33142310.82%
19303,90889929.88%
19203,00941916.18%
19102,590-2,264-46.64%
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Big Stone Gap Population by Year