Petersburg, VA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Petersburg, Virginia - Basic Facts

The City of Petersburg had a population of 33,477 as of July 1, 2016.

The primary coordinate point for Petersburg is located at latitude 37.2047 and longitude -77.3924 in Petersburg (city) County. The formal boundaries for the City of Petersburg (see map below) encompass a land area of 22.93 sq. miles and a water area of 0.24 sq. miles. Petersburg (city) County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 72 feet.

The City of Petersburg (GNIS ID: 1498435) has a C7 Census Class Code which indicates an incorporated place that is independent of any county. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Petersburg population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Petersburg: Appamatuck, Cockade City, Fals, Fort Henry, Peters Point, Peter's Point, Petersburgh, The Cockade City.

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Petersburg, VA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 33,477
Population in Households 32,419
Population in Familes 23,562
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,058
Population Density1 1,460
Diversity Index2 44


Total Households 14,210
Average Household Size 2.28
Family Households 7,938
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 17,276 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 6,224 (36.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 7,986 (46.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 3,066 (17.7%)
Median Home Value $115,221
Average Home Value $131,049


Median Household Income $36,119
Average Household Income $45,058
Per Capita Income $19,921
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.51% 0.42%
Households 0.66% 0.52%
Families 0.49% 0.4%
Median Household Income   -0.2%
Per Capita Income   0.14%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Petersburg, VA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Petersburg to the other 593 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Virginia by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 32 95th
Population Density1 # 182 69th
Diversity Index2 # 311 48th
Median Household Income # 492 17th
Per Capita Income # 485 18th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Virginia Census Data Comparison Tool.