Wise is a very small town located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 3,119 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Wise is the 169th largest community in Virginia.
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Wise is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Wise is a town of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Wise who work in teaching (12.14%), office and administrative support (10.11%), and sales jobs (7.79%).
Also of interest is that Wise has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One of the benefits of Wise is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 18.29 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.
Wise is a small town, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.
The population of Wise overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Wise, 22.90% have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Wise in 2010 was $36,801, which is wealthy relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $147,204 for a family of four. However, Wise contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Wise home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Wise residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Wise include English, Scots-Irish, German, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Wise is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.