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Coeburn, Virginia
Outskirts of Coeburn
Outskirts of Coeburn
Official seal of Coeburn, Virginia
Location of Coeburn, Virginia
Location of Coeburn, Virginia
Country United States
State Virginia
County Wise
 • Total 2.0 sq mi (5.3 km2)
 • Land 2.0 sq mi (5.3 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 1,995 ft (608 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,139
 • Density 973.8/sq mi (376.0/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 24230
Area code(s) 276
FIPS code 51-17952
GNIS feature ID 1482614
Website Official website

Coeburn is a town in Wise County, Virginia, along the Guest River. The population was 2139 at the 2010 census with many small peaceful wooded communities in the outskirts. Camping is available nearby at Bark Camp Lake in the Jefferson National Forest with other activities including boating and fishing. The Guest River Gorge Trail, built along the Guest River on what was formerly the Interstate Railroad is also located in the Jefferson National Forest and is a popular place to walk or ride a bicycle. Recently Coeburn joined with neighboring town Saint Paul on the Mountain View Trail System for ATVs


The Tacoma School was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997. The Town of Coeburn was originally named Guest Station after explorer and surveyor Christopher Gist. Gist writes about the area of Coeburn in his trip journals of making camp in the area with his son, Tom.

Incorporated in 1894, the Town changed its name from Guest Station to Coeburn after W. W. Coe, Chief Engineer of the N&W Railroad, and Judge W. E. Burns.

Today Coeburn is a typical small town struggling in deep southwest Virginia.


Coeburn is located at 36°56′38″N 82°27′58″W / 36.943872°N 82.466069°W / 36.943872; -82.466069 (36.943872, -82.466069).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.3 km2), all of it land. Coeburn has many mountains and hills.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 295
1910 645 118.6%
1920 884 37.1%
1930 784 −11.3%
1940 764 −2.6%
1950 760 −0.5%
1960 2,471 225.1%
1970 2,362 −4.4%
1980 2,625 11.1%
1990 2,165 −17.5%
2000 1,996 −7.8%
2010 2,139 7.2%
Est. 2015 1,999 −6.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,996 people, 810 households, and 575 families residing in the town. The population density was 973.8 people per square mile (375.9/km2). There were 923 housing units at an average density of 450.3 per square mile (173.8/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 95.29% White, 2.81% African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.05% from other races, and 1.50% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.60% of the population.

Flood in Coeburn in 1963

There were 810 households out of which 29.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.2% were married couples living together, 16.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.9% were non-families. 26.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the town, the population was spread out with 22.5% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 28.6% from 25 to 44, 23.9% from 45 to 64, and 15.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 93.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $25,025, and the median income for a family was $28,929. The per capita income for the town was $12,802. About 17.0% of families and 20.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.9% of those under age 18 and 7.8% of those age 65 or over.

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