Big Island

Big Island, Virginia, is a close-knit community nestled in the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains within Bedford County. While specific population figures may vary over time, it typically maintains a relatively small population, contributing to its tight-knit and friendly atmosphere.

In terms of demographics, Big Island, like many rural communities, often includes a mix of families, retirees, and individuals who appreciate the tranquil lifestyle and natural beauty of the area. The community's demographics may include a range of age groups, with a focus on a slower-paced, rural way of life.

In terms of major employment opportunities, Big Island benefits from its proximity to larger towns and cities in Bedford County. Residents often find employment in various sectors, including agriculture, forestry, tourism, and small businesses. The region's scenic beauty and outdoor recreational opportunities also contribute to local tourism-related employment.

While Big Island may not have extensive industrial or commercial developments, it offers a peaceful and close-knit living environment for those who appreciate the tranquility of rural living while still having access to nearby employment opportunities in Bedford County.

Major Employers

  • Bedford County Government
  • Bedford County Public Schools
  • Bedford Weaving Mills
  • Belvac
  • Boxley
  • Carilion Professional Services Centra –
  • Bedford Memorial Hospital Cintas
  • (NASDAQ: CTAS) Custom Truck One Source Generation Solutions
  • Georgia Pacific Big Island, LLC (NYSE: GP)
  • Innovairre (Mail America Communications)
  • Intercon
  • L3Harris Technologies Inc.(NYSE: LHX)
  • Mariners Landing Moore & Giles Parkland
  • Direct RST Marketing
  • Sam Moore Furniture
  • Sentry Equipment Erectors
  • Simplimatic
  • Sterling Blower
  • Smyth Companies
  • Valtim