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Petersburg, West Virginia
Virginia Avenue in Petersburg
Location of Petersburg in Grant County, West Virginia.
|• Total||1.62 sq mi (4.19 km2)|
|• Land||1.62 sq mi (4.19 km2)|
|• Water||0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)|
|Elevation||935 ft (285 m)|
| • Estimate
|• Density||1,641.93/sq mi (633.85/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||1555332|
Petersburg was founded circa 1745 by Jacob Peterson, who owned the area's first merchandising store. The settlement was incorporated in 1910.
In the 1830 United States Census, the population center of the United States was recorded as being about 9 miles southwest of the town.
Registered Historic Places
- The Manor (ca. 1830)
- Hermitage Motor Inn (ca. 1840)
- Grant County Courthouse (1878–79)
- Rohrbaugh Cabin (ca. 1880)
Petersburg is located at(38.993339, -79.126582).
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.
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.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2010, there were 2,467 people, 1,113 households, and 614 families living 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.
- Joan Banks (1918-1998), prolific radio actress, a regular on Gang Busters and 33 episodes of CBS Radio Mystery Theater, who also appeared in many classic TV series like Perry Mason (TV series) and Alfred Hitchcock Presents. She was married to actor Frank Lovejoy.
- M. Blane Michael (1943-2011), Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Petersburg is served by several surface highways. The most prominent of these is U.S. Route 220, which enters Petersburg from the direction of Franklin and exits eastward towards Moorefield. West Virginia Route 28 and West Virginia Route 55 run concurrently through Petersburg, entering from the direction of Seneca Rocks and joining U.S. Route 220 on its journey towards Moorefield. Finally, West Virginia Route 42 begins at Route 28 and Route 55 in Moorefield, heading northward towards Elk Garden. Petersburg has railroad freight service provided by the state owned-and-operated South Branch Valley Railroad.
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