Petersburg demographics profile

Population density (sq mi)1,40919191
Median age38.837.837.7
Male/Female ratio0.9:11.0:11.0:1
Married (15yrs & older)41%57%55%
Families w/ Kids under 1839%44%43%
Speak English93%84%79%
Speak Spanish5%7%13%
Petersburg, VA has a population of 31,997 and is the 1,332nd largest city in the United States. The population density is 1,409 per sq mi which is 636% higher than the Virginia average and 1455% higher than the national average. The median age in Petersburg is 39 which is approximately 3% higher than the Virginia average of 38. In Petersburg, 41% of the population over 15 years of age are married, 93% speak English and 5% speak Spanish. 71% of Petersburg residents were born in Virginia, 24% were born out of state, 2% were born outside of the United States and 3% were foreign born.

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  • The population density in Petersburg is 636% higher than Virginia.
  • The median age in Petersburg is 3% higher than Virginia.
  • In Petersburg 16.94% of the population is White.
  • In Petersburg 76.81% of the population is Black or African American.
  • In Petersburg 1.14% of the population is Asian.

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Petersburg population breakdown by race

Black or African American76.81%19.21%12.63%
American Indian0.31%0.26%0.82%
Native Hawaiian0.03%0.07%0.18%
Mixed race2.41%3.37%3.06%
Other race2.36%2.30%4.75%
In Petersburg, 4.5% of people are of Hispanic or Latino origin.
Please note: Hispanics may be of any race, so also are included in any/all of the applicable race categories above.

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Source: The Petersburg, VA demographics data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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