Petersburg, VA
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Living in Petersburg


Petersburg is a medium-sized city located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 31,882 people and 17 constituent neighborhoods, Petersburg is the 30th largest community in Virginia.

Petersburg is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (15.63%), sales jobs (9.30%), and food service (8.34%).

Many people in Petersburg take advantage of public transportation to get around. In fact, for the size of the city, the number of people who use the bus to commute to work is quite high. This helps to fill a need among Petersburg citizens for affordable transportation.

The citizens of Petersburg are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 16.59% of adults in Petersburg have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree

The per capita income in Petersburg in 2010 was $20,464, which is lower middle income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $81,856 for a family of four. However, Petersburg contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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.