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Overview

Introduction to Petersburg, Virginia

Petersburg, Virginia is 24 miles S of Richmond, Virginia (center to center) and 76 miles W of Virginia Beach, Virginia. The city is in the Richmond - Petersburg area. There are 33,740 residents in Petersburg.

Petersburg History

English settlers landed in Virginia in 1607. At that time the area was inhabited by the Native American tribe known as Powhatan Confederacy. In 1646, the English established Fort Henry by the south bank of Appomattox River. The British tried to capture Virginia during the Revolution, through the Battle of Petersburg in 1781. In 1958, Petersburg was recognized as an All American city.

Petersburg and nearby Attractions

  • Pamplin Historical Park
  • Petersburg National Battlefield Park
  • Blandford Church and Cemetery
  • Siege Museum
  • Sycamore Rouge Theatre
  • Trapezium House

Things To Do In Petersburg

Petersburg has played a significant role in the history of the United States. This is why the chief attractions of the area are concerned with historical structures and sites. There are several amazing museums and historic sites in the city which provide detail about important chapters of American history. The Pamplin Historical Park is a 422-acre park that recreates the surroundings and life of a soldier during the American Civil War. It features a recreated Military Encampment, the National Museum of Civil War Soldier, and Tudor Hall.

Petersburg Transportation

Richmond International Airport is the nearest primary airport.

Petersburg Higher Education

Virginia State University, College of William And Mary, Southside Regional Medical Center, and John Tyler Community College provide opportunities for higher learning.

People

Total Population 32,123
Male Share of the Population 46%
Female Share of the Population 54%
Senior Citizens 15.3%
Employed Population 16+ 12,917
Age of the Population 40

Families

% of people married 29.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 15.9%
Median Earnings25+ $27,131
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $15,367
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,147

Wealth

Median Family Income $38,388
% Above Poverty Level 72%
% Below Poverty Level 28%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 2.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3%
% Using Public Transportation 2.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 37.6%
Median Gross Rent $842
Median House Value $111,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 72%
US/American 0%
English 3.2%
Irish 2.5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Petersburg Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 24 miles S of Richmond, Virginia (center to center)
Nearest Large City 76 miles W of Virginia Beach, Virginia
County
Metro Area Richmond - Petersburg
Standard Zip Codes 23801, 23803, 23805
P.O. Box Zip Codes 23804
Company Zip Codes 23806
Phone Area Codes 804
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.2
Longitude -77.38

Petersburg Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station HOPEWELL
Distance 8.7 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 50 F
Apr Temp 46 to 73 F
Jul Temp 68 to 91 F
Oct Temp 49 to 74 F
Annual Precip 45.2 inches
Station STONY CREEK 1 E
Distance 17.3 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 47 F
Apr Temp 44 to 72 F
Jul Temp 66 to 91 F
Oct Temp 44 to 71 F
Annual Precip 47 inches
Station WAKEFIELD 1 NW
Distance 25.8 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 49 F
Apr Temp 45 to 70 F
Jul Temp 68 to 89 F
Oct Temp 47 to 72 F
Annual Precip 45 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Claremont 281 $51,250
Colonial Heights 17,515 $63,657
Hopewell 22,279 $51,489
McKenney 401 $44,500
Stony Creek 160 $78,000
Waverly 1,570 $38,646

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Petersburg Public Libraries

Library
Petersburg Public Library
137 S. SYCAMORE STREET
Petersburg, Virginia
(804) 733-2387
Library Web Site

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Petersburg Hospitals

SOUTHSIDE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Proprietary)
801 S ADAMS STREET
(804) 862-5000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Petersburg High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

PETERSBURG HIGH
3101 JOHNSON ROAD
804-862-7096
Serves 1,442 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.3

APPOMATTOX REGIONAL GOV SCH
512 W WASHINGTON ST
804-722-0200
A Magnet School.

CENTRAL ST. HOSP. ED. PR.
WEST WASHINGTON ST EXTENDED
804-524-7100
A Special Education School

SOUTHSIDE VA TRAINING CTR
BLDG 120
804-524-7340
A Special Education School

PETERSBURG REGIONAL ALTERNATIVE
SPEC YOUTH SERVICES OF VA
804-733-2180
A Non-traditional School

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