Petersburg, VA Profile: Facts & Data


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Petersburg, Virginia - Basic Facts

The City of Petersburg had a population of 32,589 as of July 1, 2018.

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.

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, 2018)


Total Population 32,589
Population in Households 31,702
Population in Familes 23,213
Population in Group Qrtrs 887
Population Density2 1,421
Diversity Index3 44


Median Household Income $36,699
Average Household Income $47,805
Per Capita Income $20,954


Total Housing Units 17,049 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 5,664 (33.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 8,153 (47.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 3,232 (19.0%)
Median Home Value $122,904
Average Home Value $141,018


Total Households 13,817
Average Household Size 2.29
Family Households 7,675
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 0.06% -0.14%
Households 0.16% -0.12%
Families -0.03% -0.26%
Median Household Income   1.47%
Per Capita Income   2.93%

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, 2018 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 # 34 94th
Population Density # 185 69th
Diversity Index # 311 48th
Median Household Income # 502 16th
Per Capita Income # 490 18th

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