Petersburg, VA Population

By | July 1, 2019

Population: 33,740. Estimated population in July 2020: 32,604 (-3.4% change)
Males: 15,426 (45.7%), Females: 18,314 (54.3%)

Zip codes: 23803, 23805.

Median resident age: 36.9 years
Median household income: $28,851
Median house value: $68,600

Races in Petersburg:

  • Black (79.0%)
  • White Non-Hispanic (18.2%)
  • Hispanic (1.4%)
  • Two or more races (1.0%)
  • Other race (0.6%)

Ancestries: English (3.0%), United States (2.8%), German (2.0%), Irish (2.0%), Subsaharan African (1.4%).

Land area: 22.9 square miles

Population

For population 25 years and over in Petersburg

  • High school or higher: 68.6%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 14.8%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 5.2%
  • Unemployed: 8.9%
  • Mean travel time to work: 23.3 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Petersburg city

  • Never married: 35.7%
  • Now married: 37.4%
  • Separated: 5.4%
  • Widowed: 10.6%
  • Divorced: 11.0%

2.3% Foreign born (1.0% Europe, 0.6% Asia, 0.6% Latin America).

Population change in the 1990s: -3,344 (-9.0%).

Hospitals

Hospitals/medical centers in Petersburg:

  • HIRAM W DAVIS MEDICAL CENTER (P O BOX 4030)
  • POPLAR SPRINGS HOSPITAL (350 POPLAR DRIVE PO BOX 3060)
  • SOUTHSIDE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER (801 S ADAMS STREET)

Airports

Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Petersburg:

  • RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL (about 21 miles; RICHMOND, VA; Abbreviation: RIC)
  • NEWPORT NEWS/WILLIAMSBURG INTERNATIONAL (about 64 miles; NEWPORT NEWS, VA; Abbreviation: PHF)
  • LANGLEY AFB (about 74 miles; HAMPTON, VA; Abbreviation: LFI)
Other public-use airports nearest to Petersburg:

  • DINWIDDIE COUNTY (about 8 miles; PETERSBURG, VA; Abbreviation: PTB)
  • WATHALL CHANNEL (about 9 miles; CHESTER, VA; Abbreviation: 2G6)
  • CHESTERFIELD COUNTY (about 16 miles; RICHMOND, VA; Abbreviation: FCI)
Amtrak station near Petersburg:

  • 3 miles: PETERSBURG (ETTRICK, 3516 SOUTH ST.). Services: ticket office, partially wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, full-service food facilities, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for taxi service.

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/Universities in Petersburg:

  • VIRGINIA STATE UNIVERSITY (Full-time enrollment: 3,641; Location: BOX 9001 1 HAYDEN STREET; Public; Website: www.vsu.edu; Offers Master’s degree)
  • RICHARD BLAND THE COLLEGE OF WILLIAM AND MARY (Full-time enrollment: 912; Location: 11301 JOHNSON RD; Public)
  • SOUTHSIDE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER (Full-time enrollment: 26; Location: 801 South Adams Street; Private, not-for-profit; Website: www.srmconline.com)
  • PETERSBURG PUBLIC SCHOOLS PRACTICAL NURSING PROG (Location: 816 E BANK ST BLANDFORD SCHOOL; Public)
Other colleges/universities with over 2000 students near Petersburg:

  • JOHN TYLER COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 10 miles; CHESTER, VA; Full-time enrollment: 2,520)
  • UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND (about 23 miles; RICHMOND, VA; Full-time enrollment: 3,756)
  • VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY (about 24 miles; RICHMOND, VA; Full-time enrollment: 18,753)
  • J SARGEANT REYNOLDS COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 29 miles; RICHMOND, VA; Full-time enrollment: 4,906)
  • COLLEGE OF WILLIAM AND MARY (about 46 miles; WILLIAMSBURG, VA; Full-time enrollment: 7,133)
  • CHRISTOPHER NEWPORT UNIVERSITY (about 64 miles; NEWPORT NEWS, VA; Full-time enrollment: 4,432)
  • LONGWOOD COLLEGE (about 70 miles; FARMVILLE, VA; Full-time enrollment: 3,557)

Schools

Public high schools in Petersburg:

  • PETERSBURG HIGH (Students: 1,442; Location: 3101 JOHNSON ROAD; Grades: 09 – 12)
  • APPOMATTOX REGIONAL GOV SCH (Location: 512 W WASHINGTON ST; Grades: 09 – 12)
Private high schools in Petersburg:

  • ST VINCENT DE PAUL HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 115; Location: 240 WAGNER ROAD; Grades: 7 – 12)
  • LANDMARK CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (Students: 102; Location: 2701 COUNTY DR.; Grades: PK – 12)
  • ROCK CHURCH ACADEMY (Students: 94; Location: 2301 COUNTY DRIVE; Grades: KG – 12)
  • GRACE BAPTIST SCHOOL (Students: 76; Location: 23814 RIVER ROAD; Grades: PK – 12)
Biggest public primary/middle schools in Petersburg:

  • VERNON JOHNS SCHOOL (Students: 742; Location: 3101 HOMESTEAD DRIVE; Grades: 06 – 08)
  • PEABODY MIDDLE (Students: 696; Location: 725 WESLEY ST; Grades: 06 – 08)
  • ROHOIC ELEM. (Students: 520; Location: 23312 AIRPORT ST; Grades: KG – 05)
  • WALNUT HILL ELEM. (Students: 508; Location: 300 S BOULEVARD; Grades: PK – 05)
  • J. E. B. STUART ELEM. (Students: 421; Location: 100 PLEASANTS LANE; Grades: PK – 05)
  • VIRGINIA AVENUE ELEM. (Students: 339; Location: 1000 DIAMOND ST; Grades: PK – 05)
  • WESTVIEW ELEM. (Students: 328; Location: 1100 PATTERSON STREET; Grades: PK – 05)
  • BLANDFORD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 309; Location: 816 E BANK ST; Grades: PK – 05)
  • ROBERT E. LEE ELEM. (Students: 289; Location: 51 GIBBONS ST; Grades: PK – 05)
  • A. P. HILL ELEM. (Students: 289; Location: 1450 TALLEY AVE; Grades: PK – 05)
Private primary/middle schools in Petersburg:

  • ST JOSEPHS SCHOOL (Students: 208; Location: 123 E. FRANKLIN ST; Grades: PK – 6)
  • ROBERT A LEWIS SDA SCHOOL (Students: 19; Location: 300 POPLAR DRIVE; Grades: KG – 6)

Libraries

Library in Petersburg:

  • PETERSBURG PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $873,191; Location: 137 S. SYCAMORE STREET; 148,914 books; 1,688 audio materials; 1,555 video materials; 252 serial subscriptions)