The City of Petersburg consists of 23.1 square miles located just south of the Richmond area. Bordered by the Appomattox River, the city is at the junction of I-85 and I-95 and two mainline railroads, Norfolk Southern and CSX. As an important crossroads throughout history, Petersburg is known for its rich historical background, which shines through in the Postbellum and Edwardian architecture widely present in the city’s downtown area. In recent years the city has been a home for many film crews using the city as a backdrop for movies and shows such as Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” and AMC’s “Turn.” Petersburg’s downtown continues an amazing revitalization, spurred by growth of nearby Fort Lee and the unique housing opportunities in renovated warehouses and historic homes, and the accelerating activity of local small businesses and entrepreneurs. The city is home to festivals and monthly arts events throughout the year.

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At A Glance

% of People With Bachelors Degrees
City Civilian Labor Force
City Unemployment Rate
Median Household Income


20152021Change2030 Projection

Utility Providers


TypeAssessment RatioNominal Tax Rate
Non-Manufacturer’s Personal Property40% year 1, reduced by 5%/year (min. 20%)$4.40
Machinery & Tools40% year 1, reduced by 5%/year (min. 20%)$3.80
Real Estate100%$1.35

Manufacturers Taxes | Non-Manufacturers Taxes | Commissioner of Revenue

Political Representation

U.S. Congress

  • 5th district, vacant pending a special election in February, 2023

U.S. Senate

  • Mark Warner
  • Tim Kaine

Virginia House of Delegates

  • Kimberly A. Taylor, R, 63rd

Virginia Senate

  • Joseph D. Morrissey, D, 16th

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau's 2016-2020 and 2017-2021 American Community Survey, Weldon Cooper Center's Virginia Population Projections (2022), Virginia Department of Education, Virginia Economic Development Partnership's 2016-2017 Guide to Local Business Taxes.