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 has seen a significant amount of newer housing growth in recent years. Quite often, new home construction is the result of new residents moving in who are middle class or wealthier, attracted by jobs, a healthy local economy, or other amenities as they leave nearby or far away areas for greener pastures. This seems to be the case in Gretna, where the median household income is $69,713.00.

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, 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 professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Gretna who work in office and administrative support (13.85%), management occupations (10.82%), and healthcare (9.15%).

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 8.26% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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 education level of Gretna citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 35.85% of adults in Gretna have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Gretna in 2010 was $28,478, which is wealthy relative to Nebraska, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $113,912 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 German.