Gretna, NE
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Gretna is a very small city located in the state of Nebraska. With a population of 5,046 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Gretna is the 36th largest community in Nebraska.

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

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Gretna is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Gretna is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Gretna who work in office and administrative support (12.67%), management occupations (9.72%), and healthcare (8.99%).

Also of interest is that Gretna has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.01% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Because of many things, Gretna is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Gretna a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Gretna has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Gretna’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

Gretna is a small city, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.

The citizens of Gretna are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 36.61% of adults in Gretna have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Gretna in 2010 was $27,980, which is wealthy relative to Nebraska, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $111,920 for a family of four.

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. Important ancestries of people in Gretna include Irish, Italian, English, and Polish.

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