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. 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 $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, 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 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.

Because of many things, Gretna is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Gretna really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Gretna perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

Being a small city, Gretna does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.

The citizens of Gretna are among the most well-educated in the nation: 42.93% of adults in Gretna have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's 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.