Introduction to Gretna, Louisiana

Gretna, Louisiana, in Jefferson county, is 3 miles SE of New Orleans, Louisiana. Part of the surrounding New Orleans metro area, the city is not an isolated city. Gretna is home to some 17,423 residents.

Gretna History

Originally it was settled in 1836. Gretna was formerly known as Mechanicsham. It was incorporated in 1913. The city is known for the foundation of the popular spice - maker called Zatarain’s in 1889.

Gretna and nearby Attractions

  • West Side Shopping Center
  • German American Cultural Center
  • Bellevue Park
  • Mel Ott Park

Things To Do In Gretna

One can go to the Bellevue Park, Mel Ott Park, and Huey P Long Park for an absolute refreshed feeling. The visitors can even plan a trip to the Gretna Historical Society and the German American Cultural Center in order to explore some of the area's history. The West Side Shopping Center and the Gretna Village Shopping Center will be a satisfying experience for the avid shopper. Heritage Festival takes place around October every year.

Gretna Transportation

One can avail air transportation from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.

Gretna Higher Education

Higher education institutes that can be attended from the city include Delgado Community College, Tulane University of Louisiana, Louisiana State University - Health Sciences Center, and Southern University at New Orleans.


Total Population 17,827
Male Share of the Population 49.5%
Female Share of the Population 50.5%
Senior Citizens 13.6%
Employed Population 16+ 7,089
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 35.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.8%
Median Earnings25+ $32,237
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,490
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,417


Median Family Income $47,218
% Above Poverty Level 77.3%
% Below Poverty Level 22.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 2.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.6%
% Using Public Transportation 2.6%


People Living Alone 35.9%
Median Gross Rent $812
Median House Value $157,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 53.9%
US/American 0%
English 3.8%
Irish 5.2%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Gretna Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 3 miles SE of New Orleans, Louisiana
County Jefferson
Metro Area New Orleans
Standard Zip Codes 70053, 70056
P.O. Box Zip Codes 70054
Phone Area Codes 504
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 29.914
Longitude -90.053

Gretna Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 4.8 miles
Jan Temp 45 to 63 F
Apr Temp 60 to 79 F
Jul Temp 75 to 92 F
Oct Temp 62 to 81 F
Annual Precip 63.7 inches
Distance 7.1 miles
Jan Temp 43 to 62 F
Apr Temp 58 to 77 F
Jul Temp 74 to 91 F
Oct Temp 60 to 79 F
Annual Precip 65.1 inches
Distance 13.6 miles
Jan Temp 43 to 62 F
Apr Temp 59 to 77 F
Jul Temp 74 to 90 F
Oct Temp 60 to 78 F
Annual Precip 62.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Harahan 9,328 $83,241
Kenner 66,993 $62,204
Metairie 142,715 $72,843
New Orleans 376,738 $49,948
Westwego 8,564 $38,790

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Gretna Hospitals

(504) 391-5128
Emergency Service: Yes

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