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"Little Norway"

Major fishing port

Petersburg is in Wrangell-Petersburg census area.

The community was named for Peter Buschmann, who developed a cannery and sawmill here.

The latitude of Petersburg is 56.812N. The longitude is -132.955W.

Elevation is 36 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 3,019.


INCOME SNAPSHOT
Median household income
Local
$49,028
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Petersburg demographic reports
Petersburg is on Mitkof Island.
Local buildings display "rosemaling," a painting style brought by Norwegian settlers.
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 5. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 1.6 per 1,000 people.
Local festivals include:
  • Little Norway Festival - May 17-20, 2007
  • Julebukking - Dec. 24, 2007
Dates often change. Check Petersburg web sites and events links in the sections below.
Wildlife: Bald eagles spawn at the Stikine Flats Wildlife Viewing Area. Other species that can be seen here include black bears, waterfowl and shorebirds such as sandpipers

Historic sites and museums: Clausen Memorial Museum, Sons of Norway Hall
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)

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Ancestry & family history

15% of Petersburg residents report German ancestry, and 9% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Petersburg ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Petersburg was $25,827, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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18% of Petersburg residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Median rent in Petersburg, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $576.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,266.


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Libraries in Petersburg include Petersburg Public Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Petersburg include Petersburg Pilot

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KFSK.

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The average commute time for Petersburg workers is 12 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

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