Gretna, LA
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Gretna is a medium-sized city located in the state of Louisiana. With a population of 17,880 people and 16 constituent neighborhoods, Gretna is the 24th largest community in Louisiana.

Gretna real estate is some of the most expensive in Louisiana, although Gretna house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Unlike some cities, Gretna isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Gretna are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Gretna is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Gretna who work in office and administrative support (13.54%), food service (8.99%), and sales jobs (8.78%).

In terms of college education, Gretna is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 17.40% of adults 25 and older in Gretna have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Gretna in 2010 was $22,788, which is upper middle income relative to Louisiana, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $91,152 for a family of four. However, Gretna contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Gretna is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Gretna home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Gretna residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Gretna also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 15.91% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Gretna include German, Italian, Irish, and English.

The most common language spoken in Gretna is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Vietnamese.