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Petal is located at 31°20'48" North, 89°15'20" West (31.346740, -89.255485).
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 7,579 people, 2,979 households, and 2,079 families residing in the city. The population density is 302.6/km² (783.8/mi²). There are 3,208 housing units at an average density of 128.1/km² (331.7/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 93.93% White, 4.43% African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.53% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. 1.44% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 2,979 households out of which 34.9% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.4% are married couples living together, 15.2% have a female householder with no husband present, and 30.2% are non-families. 26.6% of all households are made up of individuals and 13.0% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.52 and the average family size is 3.05.
In the city the population is spread out with 27.2% under the age of 18, 9.8% from 18 to 24, 28.9% from 25 to 44, 19.6% from 45 to 64, and 14.6% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 34 years. For every 100 females there are 87.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 82.9 males.
The median income for a household in the city is $29,637, and the median income for a family is $35,343. Males have a median income of $27,500 versus $20,741 for females. The per capita income for the city is $13,996. 15.0% of the population and 11.9% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 19.4% of those under the age of 18 and 13.8% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
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