Petersburg, VA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Petersburg, Virginia - Basic Facts

The City of Petersburg had a population of 33,510 as of July 1, 2017.

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, 2017.

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, 2017)


Total Population 33,510
Daytime Population: Workers 15,987
Daytime Population: Residents 20,131
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 36,118
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.08
Population in Households 32,452
Population in Familes 23,496
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,058
Population Density2 1,461
Diversity Index3 45


Median Household Income $36,668
Average Household Income $46,356
Per Capita Income $20,361


Total Housing Units 17,182 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 6,012 (35.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 8,132 (47.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 3,038 (17.7%)
Median Home Value $119,909
Average Home Value $137,209


Total Households 14,144
Average Household Size 2.29
Family Households 7,868
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.46% 0.43%
Households 0.51% 0.47%
Families 0.3% 0.31%
Median Household Income   0.05%
Per Capita Income   1.76%

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, 2017 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 # 33 95th
Population Density # 182 69th
Diversity Index # 307 48th
Median Household Income # 496 17th
Per Capita Income # 494 17th

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