Petersburg, West Virginia

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Petersburg is a city in Grant County, West Virginia, United States. The population was 2,423 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Grant County[3]. Petersburg was founded circa 1745 by Jacob Peterson, who owned the area's first merchandising store. It was incorporated in 1910.



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)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.2 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] 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/sq mi (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.

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