Petersburg, VA

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Population

32,037

0.125% growth

Median Age

38.3


Median Household Income

$33,939

5.5% growth

Poverty Rate

27.6%


Number of Employees

13,348

2.99% growth

Median Property Value

$112,900

1.44% growth

About

In 2017, Petersburg, VA had a population of 32k people with a median age of 38.3 and a median household income of $33,939. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Petersburg, VA grew from 31,997 to 32,037, a 0.125% increase and its median household income grew from $32,169 to $33,939, a 5.5% increase.

The population of Petersburg, VA is 75.6% Black or African American Alone, 15% White Alone, and 4.66% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Petersburg, VA speak a non-English language, and 98.1% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Petersburg, VA is $112,900, and the homeownership rate is 41.7%. Most people in Petersburg, VA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 21.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Petersburg, VA is 1 car per household.

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Economy

The economy of Petersburg, VA employs 13.3k people. The largest industries in Petersburg, VA are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,602 people), Retail Trade (1,991 people), and Manufacturing (1,656 people), and the highest paying industries are Educational Services ($46,034), Utilities ($45,635), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($41,979).

Median household income in Petersburg, VA is $33,939. Males in Petersburg, VA have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $55,180. The income inequality in Petersburg, VA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.478, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$33,939

2017 value

± $1,600

5.5%

1 Year Growth

± 7.31%

Households in Petersburg, VA have a median annual income of $33,939, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $32,169 in 2016, which represents a 5.5% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$74,183

Average Male Salary

± $1,323

$55,180

Average Female Salary

± $1,030

In 2017, full-time male employees in Virginia made 1.34 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $68,169 ± $3,324

  2. White

    $60,529 ± $977

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $56,661 ± $29,375

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Virginia workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.13 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Petersburg, VA is from Virginia.

0.478

2017 Wage GINI

0.477

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Virginia was 0.478 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0649% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Virginia was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Virginia in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Virginia across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 8111

  2. Census Tract 8103

  3. Census Tract 8109

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Petersburg, VA was Census Tract 8111 with a value of $53,551, followed by Census Tract 8103 and Census Tract 8109, with respective values of $46,500 and $41,172.

The following map shows all of the places in Petersburg, VA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

27.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Petersburg, VA (8.65k out of 31.4k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 6 - 11 and then Females 45 - 54.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. Black

    7,099 ± 513

  2. White

    1,023 ± 205

  3. Hispanic

    312 ± 147

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Petersburg, VA is Black, followed by White and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

13.3k

2017 Value

± 771

2.99%

1 Year growth

± 7.97%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Petersburg, VA grew at a rate of 2.99%, from 13k employees to 13.3k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Petersburg, VA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,985 people), Production Occupations (1,325 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,245 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Petersburg, VA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Petersburg, VA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,985 people), Production Occupations (1,325 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,245 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Petersburg, VA has an unusually high number of residents working as Material Moving Occupations (2.56 times higher than expected), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.76 times), and Health Technologists & Technicians (1.76 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Petersburg, VA, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($147,857), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($64,135), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($60,125).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

13.3k

2017 Value

± 771

2.99%

1 Year growth

± 7.97%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Petersburg, VA grew at a rate of 2.99%, from 13k employees to 13.3k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Petersburg, VA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,602 people), Retail Trade (1,991 people), and Manufacturing (1,656 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Petersburg, VA, though some of these residents may live in Petersburg, VA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Petersburg, VA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,602 people), Retail Trade (1,991 people), and Manufacturing (1,656 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Petersburg, VA has an unusually high number of Public Administration (1.46 times higher than expected), Transportation & Warehousing (1.46 times), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1.41 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Petersburg, VA, by median earnings, are Educational Services ($46,034), Utilities ($45,635), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($41,979).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Virginia to other states, or from other states to Virginia.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $27.5B

  2. $26B

  3. $22.4B

In 2015, the top outbound Virginia product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $27.5B, followed by Motorized vehicles ($26B) and Electronics ($22.4B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Virginia products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$254B

2015 Value

$373B

Projected 2045 Value

46.7% growth

In 2015, total outbound Virginia trade was $254B. This is expected to increase 46.7% to $373B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Virginia trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Virginia to other states, or from other states to Virginia.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $23.4B

  2. $12.9B

  3. $11.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Virginia domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Maryland with $23.4B, followed by North Carolina with $12.9B and Pennsylvania and $11.1B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Virginia shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

87.7% of the population of Petersburg, VA has health coverage, with 33% on employee plans, 25% on Medicaid, 11.7% on Medicare, 14.9% on non-group plans, and 3.15% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the place of Petersburg, VA was $7,556 in 2014. This is a 3.42% increase from the previous year ($7,306).

Primary care physicians in Petersburg, VA see 1316 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.0759% decrease from the previous year (1317 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1494 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 684 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Mecklenburg County and Halifax County have the highest prevalence of diabetes (15.6%). Additionally, Petersburg city has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (45.3%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,316 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Virginia see an average of 1,316 patients per year. This represents a 0.0759% decrease from the previous year (1,317 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$7,556

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,218

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,361

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,677

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Virginia (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 3.42%, from $7,306 to $7,556.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

12.3%

Uninsured

33%

Employer Coverage

25%

Medicaid

11.7%

Medicare

14.9%

Non-Group

3.15%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Petersburg, VA declined by 14.7% from 14.5% to 12.3%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Petersburg, VA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 15.6% prevalence

  2. 15.6% prevalence

  3. 15.4% prevalence

Mecklenburg County and Halifax County have the highest prevalence of diabetes in Virginia, at 15.6%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Virginia by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Petersburg, VA is home to a population of 32k people, from which 98.1% are citizens. As of 2017, N/A% of Petersburg, VA residents were born outside of the country (1.16k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Petersburg, VA is composed of 24.2k Black or African American Alone residents (75.6%), 4.81k White Alone residents (15%), 1.49k Hispanic or Latino residents (4.66%), 922 Two or More Races residents (2.88%), 343 Asian Alone residents (1.07%), 152 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.474%), 86 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.268%), and 13 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0406%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Petersburg, VA are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

38

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.6

43

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 6.8

In 2017, the median age of all people in Petersburg, VA was 38.3. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 38, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 43. But people in Petersburg, VA are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Petersburg, VA residents was 39.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2017 Foreign-Born Population

  1. N/A%

    1.16k people

  2. N/A%

    N/A people

As of 2017, N/A% of Petersburg, VA residents (1.16k people) were born outside of the United States, which is approximately the same as the national average of 13.7%. In 2017, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Petersburg, VA was N/A%, meaning that the rate has been maintaining.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. El Salvador

    103,545 ± 7,851 people

  2. India

    82,876 ± 7,033 people

  3. Mexico

    56,021 ± 5,792 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Virginia was El Salvador, the natal country of 103,545 Virginia residents, followed by India with 82,876 and Mexico with 56,021.

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Citizenship

98.1%

2017 Citizenship

98.1%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.1% of Petersburg, VA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Petersburg, VA was 98.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. Black or African American Alone

    24.2k ± 307

  2. White Alone

    4.81k ± 49

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    1.49k ± 423

In 2017, there were 5.04 times more Black or African American Alone residents (24.2k people) in Petersburg, VA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 4.81k White Alone and 1.49k Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Petersburg, VA as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Petersburg, VA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Petersburg, VA was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Petersburg, VA are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    977 ± 152

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    700 ± 178

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    416 ± 121

Petersburg, VA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.4 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Petersburg, VA was $112,900 in 2017, which is 0.519 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $111,300 to $112,900, a 1.44% increase. The homeownership rate in Petersburg, VA is 41.7%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Petersburg, VA have an average commute time of 21.9 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Petersburg, VA is lower than the national average, with an average of 1 car per household.

Income

Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.

$33,939

Median Household Income

± $1,600

13.3k

Number of Households

± 699

In 2017, the median household income of the 13.3k households in Petersburg, VA grew to $33,939 from the previous year's value of $32,169.

The following chart displays the households in Petersburg, VA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the < $10k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$112,900

2017 Median

± $5,771

$111,300

2016 Median

± $7,688

In 2017, the median property value in Petersburg, VA grew to to $112,900 from the previous year's value of $111,300.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Petersburg, VA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Petersburg, VA the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Petersburg, VA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Petersburg, VA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

41.7%

2017 Homeownership

41.2%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 41.7% of the housing units in Petersburg, VA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 41.2%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Petersburg, VA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

1 car

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Petersburg, VA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Petersburg, VA have 1 car, followed by 2 cars.

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Commute Time

21.9 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Petersburg, VA have a shorter commute time (21.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.42% of the workforce in Petersburg, VA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    78.6%

  2. Carpooled

    11%

  3. Worked At Home

    2.8%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Petersburg, VA was Drove Alone (78.6%), followed by those who Carpooled (11%) and those who Worked At Home (2.8%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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