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Peterstown, West Virginia
Water Street in Peterstown
Water Street in Peterstown
Location of Peterstown in Monroe County, West Virginia.
Location of Peterstown in Monroe County, West Virginia.
Coordinates: 37°23′55″N 80°47′42″W / 37.39861°N 80.79500°W / 37.39861; -80.79500Coordinates: 37°23′55″N 80°47′42″W / 37.39861°N 80.79500°W / 37.39861; -80.79500
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Monroe
 • Total 0.32 sq mi (0.82 km2)
 • Land 0.32 sq mi (0.82 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,624 ft (495 m)
 • Total 653
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,965.19/sq mi (757.68/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 304
FIPS code 54-63052
GNIS feature ID 1552465

Peterstown is a town in Monroe County, West Virginia, United States. The population was 653 at the 2010 census.

The town was named after Christian Peters, a pioneer settler. The town is the site of the 1928 discovery of the 34.48 carat (6.896 g) Jones Diamond by Grover C. Jones and his son, William "Punch" Jones.


Peterstown is located at 37°23′55″N 80°47′42″W / 37.398638°N 80.795102°W / 37.398638; -80.795102 (37.398638, -80.795102).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.32 square miles (0.83 km2), all of it land.


2020 population

With a 2020 population of 617, it is the 139th biggest city in West Virginia and the 12416th largest city in the U.S. Peterstown is currently declining at a rate of -0.32% annually and its population has decreased by -5.51% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 653 in 2010

2010 census

At the 2010 census there were 653 people, 287 households, and 171 families living in the town. The population density was 2,040.6 inhabitants per square mile (787.9/km2). There were 333 housing units at an average density of 1,040.6 per square mile (401.8/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.9% White, 0.2% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.5% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.6%.

Of the 287 households 31.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.0% were married couples living together, 14.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 40.4% were non-families. 36.9% of households were one person and 21.9% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.93.

The median age in the town was 36.4 years. 24.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.6% were from 25 to 44; 20.6% were from 45 to 64; and 20.2% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the town was 47.8% male and 52.2% female. Most of all residents are delightful!

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