Virginia Wise County Public Libraries

By | January 2, 2023

We are providing a comprehensive directory of public libraries in Wise County, Virginia. This list includes library formal name, street address, postal code, phone number and how many books are available. Check the following list to see all public libraries in Virginia Wise County.

1. Branch Library C. BASCOM SLEMP MEMORIAL LIBRARY
Street Address: 11 Proctor Street N., Big Stone Gap, VA 24219
Phone Number: (276) 523-1334 Wise N/A N/A

2. Branch Library COEBURN COMMUNITY LIBRARY
Street Address: 111 Third Street, Coeburn, VA 24230
Phone Number: (276) 395-6152 Wise N/A N/A

3. Branch Library J. FRED MATTHEWS MEMORIAL LIBRARY
Street Address: 16552 Wise Street, ST. Paul, VA 24283
Phone Number: (276) 762-9702 Wise N/A N/A

4. Central Library WISE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
Street Address: 124 Library Road SW, Wise, VA 24293
Phone Number: (276) 328-8061 Wise N/A N/A

Overview of Wise County, Virginia

Wise County is a county located in the state of Virginia. In 1856, the county was formed from land taken from Lee, Scott, and Russell Counties. It was named after Henry A. Wise, who was Governor at the time. As of 2000, the population is 40,123. Its county seat is Wise.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,050 km² (405 mi²). 1,046 km² (404 mi²) of it is land and 3 km² (1 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.29% water.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there are 40,123 people, 16,013 households, and 11,513 families residing in the county. The population density is 38/km² (99/mi²). There are 17,792 housing units at an average density of 17/km² (44/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 96.88% White, 1.78% Black or African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.26% from other races, and 0.61% from two or more races. 0.73% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 16,013 households out of which 31.00% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.20% are married couples living together, 12.00% have a female householder with no husband present, and 28.10% are non-families. 25.50% of all households are made up of individuals and 11.20% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.44 and the average family size is 2.91.

In the county, the population is spread out with 23.00% under the age of 18, 10.20% from 18 to 24, 28.00% from 25 to 44, 24.80% from 45 to 64, and 13.90% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 38 years. For every 100 females there are 95.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 91.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county is $26,149, and the median income for a family is $32,898. Males have a median income of $28,983 versus $21,029 for females. The per capita income for the county is $14,271. 20.00% of the population and 16.10% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 27.30% of those under the age of 18 and 12.30% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

Towns

  • Appalachia
  • Big Stone Gap
  • Coeburn
  • Pound
  • Wise
  • Paul

The independent city of Norton, which lies within the confines of Wise County, is not a part of the county.

Education

Colleges

  • University of Virginia’s College at Wise, Wise
  • Mountain Empire Community College, Big Stone Gap

Public High Schools

  • Appalachia High School, Appalachia
  • Coeburn High School, Coeburn
  • J. Kelly High School, Wise
  • Pound High School, Pound
  • Powell Valley High School, Big Stone Gap
  • Paul High School, St. Paul