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 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 (15.14%), food service (9.66%), and sales jobs (7.70%).

In terms of college education, the citizens of Petersburg rank slightly lower than the national average. 14.86% 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 $18,535, which is low income relative to Virginia, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $74,140 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 German, Irish, African, and Italian.

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