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Gretna, VA
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Living in Gretna


Gretna is a very small town located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 1,284 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Gretna is the 259th largest community in Virginia.

Unlike some towns, 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 town of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Gretna who work in healthcare suport services (15.15%), sales jobs (8.54%), and office and administrative support (8.16%).

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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 13.42% 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.

Gretna’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the nation, making it a very safe place to live.

It is a fairly quiet town because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Gretna has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Gretna has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Gretna than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Gretna may be for you.

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

The percentage of adults in Gretna who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 17.28% of the adults in Gretna have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Gretna in 2018 was $22,312, which is lower middle income relative to Virginia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $89,248 for a family of four. However, Gretna contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Gretna also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 35.16% of its population below the federal poverty line.

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 English, African, Irish, German, and Scottish.

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


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