Petersburg, Virginia Population 2020

31,441
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Petersburg is a city located in Virginia. With a 2020 population of 31,441, it is the 18th largest city in Virginia and the 1234th largest city in the United States. Petersburg is currently declining at a rate of -0.20% annually and its population has decreased by -3.02% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 32,420 in 2010. Petersburg reached it's highest population of 41,055 in 1980. Spanning over 23 miles, Petersburg has a population density of 1,384 people per square mile.

The average household income in Petersburg is $50,193 with a poverty rate of 25.76%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $912 per month, and the median house value is $108,200. The median age in Petersburg is 38.7 years, 36.2 years for males, and 41.3 years for females. For every 100 females there are 85.3 males.

Petersburg Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Petersburg was:

  • Black or African American: 77.21%
  • White: 17.34%
  • Other race: 2.22%
  • Two or more races: 1.91%
  • Asian: 1.02%
  • Native American: 0.25%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.05%
The current population of Petersburg, Virginia is 31,441, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 31,567.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 32,420.

Petersburg, Virginia Population 2020

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
Black or African American24,57477.21%
White5,51917.34%
Some Other Race7062.22%
Two or More Races6091.91%
Asian3241.02%
American Indian and Alaska Native790.25%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander160.05%
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Petersburg Population Pyramid 2020

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Petersburg Median Age

38.7


Total

36.2


Male

41.3


Female

Petersburg Adults

There are 25,026 adults, (5,211 of whom are seniors) in Petersburg.

Petersburg Age Dependency

60.6

Age Dependency Ratio

26.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

34.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Petersburg Sex Ratio

Female

17,176

53.97%

Male

14,651

46.03%

Petersburg Households and Families

Petersburg Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Petersburg Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married61.5%38.5%
Male53.1%46.9%
All40.5%59.5%
Female33.4%66.6%
Non Family32.5%67.5%

40.5%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All13,2742.3440.5
Non Family6,4201.2532.5
Married3,1053.0361.5
Female3,1033.7333.4
Male6463.1853.1

3.22

Average Family Size

2.34

Average Household Size

5.6%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.6%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

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Petersburg Education

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,3476.12%
9th to 12th Grade2,84512.92%
High School Graduate7,56234.33%
Some College5,12423.26%
Associates Degree1,1795.35%
Bachelors Degree2,36310.73%
Graduate Degree1,6057.29%
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Petersburg Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
Black16,86313,5522,412
White3,7503,3561,248
Hispanic774403129
Other Race36215216
Multiple Races30524321
Asian279267149
Native American7929
Islander5

The highest rate of high school graduation is among asian people with a rate of 95.70%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 53.41%.

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$29,916$35,603$25,807
Less Than High School$17,188$17,250$17,172
High School Grad$26,078$32,468$19,155
Some College$30,168$32,259$28,794
Bachelors Degree$42,647$43,598$41,993
Graduate Degree$55,889$74,567$49,583

$29,916

Average Earnings

$35,603

Average Male

$25,807

Average Female

Petersburg Language

Petersburg Language by Age

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Petersburg Language

92.47% of Petersburg residents speak only English, while 7.53% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 4.85% of the population.

Petersburg Poverty

Petersburg Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black24,2286,48026.75%
White4,56496521.14%
Hispanic1,47735824.24%
Other69914020.03%
Multiple59412020.20%
Asian32410432.10%
Native796886.08%

25.76%

Overall Poverty Rate

24.28%

Male Poverty Rate

27.02%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Petersburg

The race most likely to be in poverty in Petersburg is Native, with 86.08% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Petersburg is Other, with 20.03% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 6.19%. Among those working part-time, it was 28.47%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 35.20%.

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School42.80%
High School20.97%
Some College15.80%
Bachelors or Greater5.33%
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Name Poverty
Female Unemployed52.75%
Male Unemployed38.95%
Female Employed14.33%
Male Employed9.75%

Petersburg Income

Petersburg Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$36,135$50,193
Families$43,388$57,387
Married Families$67,570-
Non Families$27,092$40,449
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Petersburg Marital Status

Petersburg Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

26.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

29.6%

Male Marriage Rate

24.4%

Female Marriage Rate

Petersburg Married by Age and Sex

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Petersburg Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

Petersburg Marital Status by Race

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Petersburg Veterans

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2,721

Number of Veterans

2,239

Male Veterans

482

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam986
Second Gulf War668
First Gulf War662
Korea155
World War II48
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Age Group Veterans
55 to 64755
35 to 54687
65 to 74592
75+390
18 to 34297
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Name Veterans % of Total
Black2,05510.68%
White54012.63%
2 or More7320.92%
Hispanic485.23%
Asian3515.28%
Other184.47%

Petersburg Veterans by Education

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9.38%

Veteran Poverty Rate

30.06%

Veteran Disability Rate

Petersburg Employment Status

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60.7%

Labor Force Participation

52.3%

Employment Rate

11.3%

Unemployment Rate

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Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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69.83%

Born in Virginia

96.19%

Native Born

3.81%

Foreign Born

2.54%

Non Citizen

1.27%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

96.19% of Petersburg residents were born in the United States, with 69.83% having been born in Virginia. 2.54% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202031,441-63-0.20%
201931,504-63-0.20%
201831,567-68-0.21%
201731,635-63-0.20%
201631,698-302-0.94%
201532,000-236-0.73%
201432,236-71-0.22%
201332,3073170.99%
201231,990-93-0.29%
201132,083-413-1.27%
201032,496-1,244-0.37%
200033,740-4,646-1.28%
199038,386-2,669-0.67%
198041,0554,9521.29%
197036,103-647-0.18%
196036,7501,6960.47%
195035,0544,4231.36%
194030,6312,0670.70%
193028,564-2,448-0.82%
192031,0126,8852.54%
191024,1272,3171.01%
190021,810-870-0.39%
189022,6801,0240.46%
188021,6562,7061.34%
187018,9506840.37%
186018,2664,2562.69%
185014,0102,8742.32%
184011,1362,8142.96%
18308,3221,6322.21%
18206,6901,0221.67%
18105,6682,1474.88%
18003,5216932.22%
17902,8280.00%