Gretna, NE
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Gretna is a very small city located in the state of Nebraska. With a population of 5,062 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Gretna is the 36th largest community in Nebraska. Much of the housing stock in Gretna was built relatively recently. The construction of new real estate can often be taken as an indication that the local Gretna economy is robust, and that jobs or other amenities are attracting an influx of new residents. This seems to be the case in Gretna, where the median household income is $76,548.00.

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 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 (11.93%), sales jobs (11.82%), and management occupations (8.73%).

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.

Gretna is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Gretna’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

As is often the case in a small city, Gretna doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.

The education level of Gretna ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Gretna, 42.93% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Gretna in 2010 was $31,198, which is wealthy relative to Nebraska, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $124,792 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 Asian. Important ancestries of people in Gretna include German, Irish, English, Swedish, and Polish.

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