Wise, Virginia

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Wise is a town in Wise County, Virginia, United States. The population was 3,255 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Wise County[3]. It was originally incorporated as the town of Gladeville in 1874. The town's name was changed to Wise in 1924.[4] Wise is named after Virginia governor Henry A. Wise.

The town is also the home of The University of Virginia's College at Wise.



Wise is located at 36°58′41″N 82°34′37″W / 36.97806°N 82.57694°W / 36.97806; -82.57694 (36.978057, -82.577033)[5].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.1 square miles (8.0 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,255 people, 1,424 households, and 868 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,059.4 people per square mile (409.4/km²). There were 1,594 housing units at an average density of 518.8/sq mi (200.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.24% White, 1.94% African American, 0.28% Native American, 1.14% Asian, 0.77% from other races, and 0.65% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.41% of the population.

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