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Petersburg, Indiana
City of Petersburg
Petersburg IN.jpg
Location of Petersburg in Pike County, Indiana.
Location of Petersburg in Pike County, Indiana.
Country United States
State Indiana
County Pike
Township Washington
Area
 • Total 1.47 sq mi (3.81 km2)
 • Land 1.47 sq mi (3.80 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)  0%
Elevation
482 ft (147 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 2,304
 • Density 1,569.48/sq mi (605.91/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
47567
Area code(s) 812
FIPS code 18-59364
GNIS feature ID 449709
Interstate Highways I-69.svg
Major State Roads Indiana 56.svgIndiana 57.svgIndiana 61.svgIndiana 356.svg
Website http://www.petersburg.in.gov/

Petersburg is a city within Washington Township and the county seat of Pike County, in the U.S. state of Indiana. The population was 2,383 at the 2010 census.

Petersburg is part of the Jasper Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History

Petersburg was laid out in 1817. The city was named for Peter Brenton, an original owner of the town site. A post office has been in operation at Petersburg since 1823.

Geography

Petersburg is located at 38°29′30″N 87°16′49″W / 38.49167°N 87.28028°W / 38.49167; -87.28028 (38.491653, -87.280372).

According to the 2010 census, Petersburg has a total area of 1.474 square miles (3.82 km2), of which 1.47 square miles (3.81 km2) (or 99.73%) is land and 0.004 square miles (0.01 km2) (or 0.27%) is water.

Climate

The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Petersburg has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 386
1860 683 76.9%
1870 923 35.1%
1880 1,193 29.3%
1890 1,494 25.2%
1900 1,751 17.2%
1910 2,170 23.9%
1920 2,367 9.1%
1930 2,609 10.2%
1940 3,075 17.9%
1950 3,035 −1.3%
1960 2,939 −3.2%
1970 2,697 −8.2%
1980 2,987 10.8%
1990 2,449 −18.0%
2000 2,570 4.9%
2010 2,383 −7.3%
2020 2,304 −3.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As the 2010 census, there were 2,383 people, 1,025 households and 592 families living in the city. The population density was 1,621.1 inhabitants per square mile (625.9/km2). There were 1,134 housing units at an average density of 771.4 per square mile (297.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.7% White, 0.5% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.9% of the population.

There were 1,025 households, of which 25.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.5% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 42.2% were non-families. 37.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was 2.89.

The median age was 43.8 years. 20% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.9% were from 25 to 44; 27.6% were from 45 to 64; and 21.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup was 48.6% male and 51.4% female.

Education

Petersburg has a public library, a branch of the Pike County Public Library.

Notable people

  • Jody Davis, guitarist for Newsboys
  • Samuel Hugh Dillin, judge
  • John W. Foster, journalist and diplomat, U.S. Secretary of State
  • Thomas L. Hisgen, nominee for President of the United States of the Independence Party in 1908
  • Melba Phillips, physicist and science educator
  • Gil Hodges, professional baseball player and manager
  • Clyde Lovellette, professional basketball player
  • John Wesley Posey, abolitionist
  • Joe Wyatt, professional baseball player
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