Petersburg, West Virginia

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Petersburg, West Virginia
City
Location of Petersburg, West Virginia
Location of Petersburg, West Virginia
Coordinates: 38°59′36″N 79°7′36″W / 38.99333°N 79.12667°W / 38.99333; -79.12667Coordinates: 38°59′36″N 79°7′36″W / 38.99333°N 79.12667°W / 38.99333; -79.12667
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Grant
Area[1]
 • Total 1.62 sq mi (4.20 km2)
 • Land 1.62 sq mi (4.20 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 935 ft (285 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 2,467
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 2,415
 • Density 1,522.8/sq mi (588.0/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 26847
Area code(s) 304
FIPS code 54-62956[4]
GNIS feature ID 1555332[5]

Petersburg is a city in Grant County, West Virginia, USA. The population was 2,467 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Grant County.[6]

History[edit]

Petersburg was founded circa 1745 by Jacob Peterson, who owned the area's first merchandising store. The settlement was incorporated in 1910.

Registered Historic Places[edit]

Virginia Avenue
Former Grant County Bank, North Main Street

Located near Petersburg (but in Pendleton County) is the Old Judy Church (1836), listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1976.[7]

Geography[edit]

Petersburg is located at 38°59′36″N 79°7′36″W / 38.99333°N 79.12667°W / 38.99333; -79.12667 (38.993339, -79.126582).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.62 square miles (4.20 km2), all of it land.[1]

Climate[edit]

The climate in this area has mild differences between highs and lows, and there is adequate rainfall year round. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Petersburg has a marine west coast climate, abbreviated "Cfb" on climate maps.[9]

Demographics[edit]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 2,467 people, 1,113 households, and 614 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,522.8 inhabitants per square mile (588.0 /km2). There were 1,310 housing units at an average density of 808.6 per square mile (312.2 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.3% White, 2.0% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 2.0% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.4% of the population.

There were 1,113 households of which 24.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.6% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 44.8% were non-families. 38.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.11 and the average family size was 2.77.

The median age in the city was 47.1 years. 19.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20.5% were from 25 to 44; 27% were from 45 to 64; and 25.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.2% male and 53.8% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 2,423 people, 1,086 households, and 620 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,482.6 people per square mile (573.9/km²). There were 1,222 housing units at an average density of 747.7 per square mile (289.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.44% White, 1.57% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.29% from other races, and 0.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.78% of the population.

There were 1,086 households out of which 23.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.3% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.9% were non-families. 38.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.10 and the average family size was 2.75.

In the city the population was spread out with 19.0% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 23.8% from 25 to 44, 24.1% from 45 to 64, and 24.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 83.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $24,867, and the median income for a family was $32,941. Males had a median income of $23,654 versus $20,250 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,642. About 11.9% of families and 17.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.3% of those under age 18 and 11.2% of those age 65 or over.

Notable natives[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-01-24. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-01-24. 
  3. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-06-26. 
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  7. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  9. ^ Climate Summary for Petersburg, West Virginia