Petersburg, VA
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Petersburg is a medium-sized city located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 32,477 people and 17 constituent neighborhoods, Petersburg is the 30th largest community in Virginia.

Unlike some cities, Petersburg isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Petersburg are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Petersburg is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Petersburg who work in office and administrative support (15.54%), food service (9.40%), and sales jobs (9.38%).

The percentage of adults in Petersburg with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 15.91% of adults in Petersburg have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Petersburg in 2010 was $19,149, which is lower middle income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $76,596 for a family of four.

Petersburg is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Petersburg home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Petersburg residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Petersburg include English, Irish, African, and European.

The most common language spoken in Petersburg is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.