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.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Petersburg is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce 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 (15.63%), sales jobs (9.30%), and food service (8.34%).
A lot of people in Petersburg take the bus for their daily commute. For the size of the city, the number of people who use public transportation is quite high. For many people in Petersburg, this fills their need for low-cost transportation.
In terms of college education, the citizens of Petersburg rank slightly lower than the national average. 16.59% of adults 25 and older in Petersburg have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, while 21.84% of adults have a 4-year degree or higher in the average American community.
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.