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Petersburg, West Virginia - Basic Facts

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The City of Petersburg had a population of 2,555 as of July 1, 2016. Petersburg ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in West Virginia. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Petersburg is located at latitude 38.9957 and longitude -79.1277 in Grant County. The formal boundaries for the City of Petersburg (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.62 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Grant County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 935 feet.

The City of Petersburg (GNIS ID: 2390635) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Petersburg is located within Milroy District, a minor civil division (MCD) of Grant County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Petersburg population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Petersburg: Grant Court House, Luneys Creek, Luney's Creek, Lunice Creek, Petersburgh.

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Petersburg, WV Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 2,555
Population in Households 2,444
Population in Familes 1,766
Population in Group Qrtrs 111
Population Density1 1,580
Diversity Index2 20


Total Households 1,152
Average Household Size 2.12
Family Households 638
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 1,384 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 636 (46.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 515 (37.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 232 (16.8%)
Median Home Value $115,370
Average Home Value $139,050


Median Household Income $34,882
Average Household Income $46,919
Per Capita Income $21,741
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.56% 0.38%
Households 0.55% 0.45%
Families 0.62% 0.25%
Median Household Income   0.39%
Per Capita Income   0.8%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Petersburg, WV - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Petersburg to the other 405 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in West Virginia by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 67 84th
Population Density1 # 93 77th
Diversity Index2 # 58 86th
Median Household Income # 260 36th
Per Capita Income # 156 62nd

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