According to eHangzhou Countries, Petersburg, Texas is located in the southeastern part of the state and is part of the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown metropolitan area. The city is situated on a low elevation coastal plain, so it has a humid subtropical climate with mild winters and hot summers. On average, temperatures range from 50°F in January to 90°F in July.
The city was founded in 1876 by German immigrants and has a rich history as an agricultural center. It was also known for its oil production throughout the 20th century. Today, politics in Petersburg are mostly conservative, with Republicans dominating local elections.
The economy of Petersburg largely depends on its agricultural industry and oil production. There are also several small businesses that serve the local community. The city has four public schools: an elementary school, a middle school, and two high schools. Each school offers a comprehensive education program that includes core academic classes as well as extracurricular activities like sports and clubs.
Petersburg’s landmarks include historic buildings such as the 1876 City Hall and the old post office building; there are also several parks including Stumpf Lake Park which offers recreational activities such as fishing, canoeing, hiking trails, swimming pools, playgrounds, and picnic areas. Residents also enjoy visiting nearby attractions such as Sam Houston National Forest and Big Thicket National Preserve for camping trips or day trips to explore nature’s beauty.
Population: 1,262. Estimated population in July 2020: 1,255 (-0.6% change)
Males: 620 (49.1%), Females: 642 (50.9%)
Zip code: 79250
Median resident age: 32.8 years
Median household income: $30,263
Median house value: $34,600
Races in Petersburg:
- Hispanic (61.1%)
- White Non-Hispanic (36.5%)
- Other race (32.1%)
- Two or more races (2.2%)
- Black (2.1%)
- American Indian (1.8%)
(Total can be greater than 100% because Hispanics could be counted in other races)
Ancestries: United States (7.4%), English (3.6%), German (3.2%), Irish (2.9%), Scotch-Irish (1.3%).
Land area: 0.8 square miles
Petersburg, Texas is a small unincorporated community located in the northern part of Deaf Smith County. According to the 2010 census, Petersburg had a population of 663 people. The majority of the population, approximately 91%, is white with Hispanic or Latino individuals making up the remaining 9%. The median age of Petersburg residents is 41 years old and the median household income is $36,625. The majority of households are married couples with children and own their homes.
The majority of jobs in Petersburg are found within agriculture and farming related industries. Approximately 19% of residents are employed in this sector while another 17% are employed in retail services such as restaurants, stores, and barber shops. Additionally, 13% work in construction related jobs while 8% are employed in manufacturing positions. Most residents commute to larger cities for employment opportunities as there are limited job opportunities available within Petersburg itself. Education is also important to the community; there is an elementary school with grades from pre-K through 5th grade as well as a middle school that serves students from 6th through 8th grade. Students must go to neighboring towns for high school education as there is no high school located within Petersburg itself.
For population 25 years and over in Petersburg
- High school or higher: 57.2%
- Bachelor’s degree or higher: 11.2%
- Graduate or professional degree: 1.6%
- Unemployed: 6.9%
- Mean travel time to work: 22.9 minutes
For population 15 years and over in Petersburg city
- Never married: 20.1%
- Now married: 63.7%
- Separated: 1.4%
- Widowed: 9.2%
- Divorced: 5.5%
6.6% Foreign born (6.6% Latin America).
Population change in the 1990s: -35 (-2.7%).
Hospitals/medical centers near Petersburg:
- COVENANT HOSPITAL PLAINVIEW (about 24 miles; PLAINVIEW, TX)
- IHS HOSPITAL AT LUBBOCK (about 26 miles; LUBBOCK, TX)
- W J MANGOLD MEMORIAL HOSPITAL (about 27 miles; LOCKNEY, TX)
Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Petersburg:
- LUBBOCK INTL (about 22 miles; LUBBOCK, TX; Abbreviation: LBB)
- AMARILLO INTL (about 93 miles; AMARILLO, TX; Abbreviation: AMA)
- CANNON AFB (about 124 miles; CLOVIS, NM; Abbreviation: CVS)
Other public-use airports nearest to Petersburg:
- ABERNATHY MUNI (about 11 miles; ABERNATHY, TX; Abbreviation: F83)
- FLOYDADA MUNICIPAL (about 22 miles; FLOYDADA, TX; Abbreviation: Q41)
- HALE COUNTY (about 23 miles; PLAINVIEW, TX; Abbreviation: PVW)
Colleges and Universities
Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Petersburg:
- TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY (about 24 miles; LUBBOCK, TX; Full-time enrollment: 22,439)
- WAYLAND BAPTIST UNIVERSITY (about 24 miles; PLAINVIEW, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,578)
- SOUTH PLAINS COLLEGE (about 60 miles; LEVELLAND, TX; Full-time enrollment: 3,851)
- WEST TEXAS A & M UNIVERSITY (about 79 miles; CANYON, TX; Full-time enrollment: 5,476)
- AMARILLO COLLEGE (about 92 miles; AMARILLO, TX; Full-time enrollment: 4,876)
- EASTERN NEW MEXICO UNIVERSITY-MAIN CAMPUS (about 123 miles; PORTALES, NM; Full-time enrollment: 2,955)
- MIDLAND COLLEGE (about 131 miles; MIDLAND, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,800)
Public high school in Petersburg:
- PETERSBURG H S (Students: 159; Location: 1411 W 4TH; Grades: 07 – 12)
Public primary/middle school in Petersburg:
- PETERSBURG EL (Students: 169; Location: 1411 W 4TH; Grades: PK – 06)
Library in Petersburg:
- PETERSBURG PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $6,979; Location: 1614 MAIN ST; 10,975 books; 2 serial subscriptions)