Gretna, VA
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Gretna is a very small town located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 1,248 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Gretna is the 251st largest community in Virginia.

Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Gretna is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 44.30% of the Gretna workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Gretna is a town of sales and office workers, service providers, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Gretna who work in sales jobs (12.75%), office and administrative support (11.86%), and personal care services (6.04%).

The town is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Gretna has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Gretna a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.

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

The population of Gretna has a very low overall level of education: only 8.58% of people over 25 hold a 4-year college degree or higher.

The per capita income in Gretna in 2010 was $19,104, which is lower middle income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $76,416 for a family of four.

Gretna is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. 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 German, Irish, Italian, and Polish.

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

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