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Overview of Petersburg

Just south of Richmond, Virginia, the city of Petersburg is one of the country’s most historic locales, famous for its central role in Civil War. It’s currently the bustling home to one of the largest U.S. military training facilities and a resurgent downtown arts scene, which continue to make it a dynamic place today.

People looking for apartments for rent in Petersburg will enjoy the area’s rich past and wealth of cultural resources, as well as the pleasant living environment and natural surroundings.

Living in Petersburg, VA

Settled as Fort Henry in 1645, Petersburg is inextricably tied to its long history, having served as a Revolutionary War battlefield and, most famously, as the site of a lengthy siege in the final year of the Civil War. An important rail depot, the city was a critical target for the Union Army as it sought to cut off Confederate supply lines and end the war. As a home to the U.S. Army’s Fort Lee, Petersburg continues to hold military importance, but these days the city is considerably more peaceful, boasting quiet streets and serene historical sites.

Petersburg today is home to around 32,000 people. Residents of Petersburg apartments can browse the galleries and boutiques of historic Old Towne, visit the many area museums or pick up produce at the local farmers market.

Petersburg Work and Study

Virginia State University, in the neighboring village of Ettrick, enrolls 5,300 students and caters to Petersburg area residents with a wide range of programs. Richard Bland College of the College of William and Mary offers associate degree programs, and John Tyler Community College in Chester is also a popular choice for Petersburg students.

Fort Lee is one of the largest drivers of local economic activity, employing around 4,100 civilians and with as many as 70,000 troops passing through each year for training. Major private employers include pharmaceutical company B.I. Chemicals, roller bearings manufacturer Brenco and the Southside Regional Medical Center. Medical services, manufacturing and tourism are important economic sectors, and downtown revitalization efforts have helped build the small business base.

Rentals in Petersburg, VA, and Cost of Living

Petersburg offers very reasonable living and many great rental options at affordable prices. Slightly more than half of Petersburg residents choose to rent apartments.

U.S. Census Bureau data showed the median gross rent from 2008 to 2010 was $771. Additional research found one bedroom apartments renting for between $400 and $900 per month.

Petersburg Attractions and Special Events

Petersburg’s most prominent attraction is its Civil War history, and the city is full of fascinating reminders of the war’s impact. The Petersburg National Battlefield draws visitors from around the country to see old fortifications and artifacts, while also offering a natural retreat with hiking trails and wildlife. Other area museums include the Pamplin Historical Park and National Museum of the Civil War Soldier, three city museums with Civil War history and artifacts dating back to the Revolutionary War, and two military museums at Fort Lee: The United States Army Women’s Museum and the U.S. Army Quartermaster Museum.

In addition to military history, Petersburg provides plenty to do, with a summer farmers market, a developmental league baseball team, the Petersburg Generals, and great sports facilities for athletes of all types, including three local golf courses. Residents can also enjoy great art, shopping and dining in the historic Old Towne district, which features classic architecture dating back to the 19th century.

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Rivermont Crossing - Chester, VA 23836
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(120)

Chester, VA 23836

$1061 - $1955

2-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Chester, VA

(120)

$1061 - $1955

457 Units 2-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Ashton Creek - Chester, VA 23831
14
(5)

Chester, VA 23831

$850 - $1065

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Chester, VA

(5)

$850 - $1065

232 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Chesterfield Gardens - Chester, VA 23836
26
(24)

Chester, VA 23836

$957 - $1374

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

The Oaks Of Dunlop Farms - Colonial Heights, VA 23834
22

Colonial Heights, VA 23834

$792 - $1105

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Branchester Lakes - Prince George, VA 23875
24
(2)

Prince George, VA 23875

$865 - $1195

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Prince George, VA

(2)

$865 - $1195

150 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Twin Rivers - Hopewell, VA 23860
22

Hopewell, VA 23860

$625 - $645

2 Beds 1 Bath

Riverside Park - Hopewell, VA 23860
16
(14)

Hopewell, VA 23860

$630 - $915

1-3 Beds 1 Bath

Clearfield - Colonial Heights, VA 23834
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(5)

Colonial Heights, VA 23834

$799 - $981

2-3 Beds 2 Baths

Colonial Heights, VA

(5)

$799 - $981

144 Units 2-3 Beds 2 Baths

Broadwater Townhomes - Chester, VA 23831
21
(15)

Chester, VA 23831

$972 - $1110

3-4 Beds 2 Baths

Jefferson Pointe - Prince George, VA 23875
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Prince George, VA 23875

$784 - $1185

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Prince George, VA


$784 - $1185

220 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Branders Bridge Apartments - Colonial Heights, VA 23834
22

Colonial Heights, VA 23834

$750 - $775

2 Beds 1 Bath

Hopewell Lofts - Hopewell, VA 23860
10

Hopewell, VA 23860

$750 - $1100

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Pine Ridge MHC - Prince George, VA 23875
25
(7)

Prince George, VA 23875

$729 - $829

3 Beds 2 Baths

Prince George, VA

(7)

$729 - $829

245 Units 3 Beds 2 Baths

Old Town Creek - Colonial Heights, VA 23834
6

Colonial Heights, VA 23834

$695

2 Beds 1 Bath

Colonial Heights, VA


$695

24 Units 2 Beds 1 Bath

Colony Wood Townhomes - Colonial Heights, VA 23834
15

Colonial Heights, VA 23834

$875

2 Beds 1 Bath

The Summit - Hopewell, VA 23860
12

Hopewell, VA 23860

$726 - $927

2-4 Beds 0 Baths

Hopewell, VA


$726 - $927

56 Units 2-4 Beds 0 Baths

Hyde Park Townhomes - Chester, VA 23831
27

Chester, VA 23831

$690 - $1380

1-4 Beds 1-2 Baths

Chester, VA


$690 - $1380

262 Units 1-4 Beds 1-2 Baths

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