Gretna, Virginia

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Gretna, Virginia

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High Points

Gretna strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Virginia):

Category Trophy
Affordability of Rents
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Gretna Affordability of Rents
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. State)
Top 10% Gretna Affordability of Property Taxes
Low Violent Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Gretna Low Violent Crime
Low Property Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 18% Gretna Low Property Crime

Comparative Profile of Gretna, Virginia

Comparing Gretna to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Virginia (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Female Share of the Population 10 10
Senior Citizens 10 10
Age of the Population 10 10
Racial Diversity 8 5
Well-Paid Single Women 6 4
Well-Paid Single Men 3 2
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 1
Male Share of the Population 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 1 2
Average Household Size 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 5 3
People in Middle Class or Better 3 3
Median Family Income 3 2
People Above Poverty 3 3

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 9 10
Public Transportation Use 8 8
Short Commute Times 6 5
Walking and Biking to Work 2 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Living Alone 10 10
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 10 10
Affordability of Rents 10 10
Affordability of Property Taxes 9 10
Housing Recently Built 4 2
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 9 10
Low Property Crime 9 9

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Gretna Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 30 miles S of Lynchburg, Virginia (center to center)
Nearest Large City 91 miles NW of Raleigh, North Carolina
County Pittsylvania
Metro Area Danville
Standard Zip Codes 24557
Phone Area Codes 434
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.953
Longitude -79.359

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 10 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 46 F
Apr Temp 39 to 69 F
Jul Temp 63 to 87 F
Oct Temp 40 to 70 F
Annual Precip 45.2 inches
Distance 25.6 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 47 F
Apr Temp 43 to 71 F
Jul Temp 68 to 90 F
Oct Temp 45 to 71 F
Annual Precip 44.9 inches
Distance 30 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 45 F
Apr Temp 42 to 68 F
Jul Temp 64 to 87 F
Oct Temp 44 to 68 F
Annual Precip 46.6 inches
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Gretna Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 1,257 100%
Male 535 42.6%
Female 722 57.4%
Under 18 231 18.4%
18+ 1,026 81.6%
65+ 393 31.3%
Median Age 50
Average Family Size 2.75
White 761 60.5%
African-American 489 38.9%
Asian 1 0.1%
American Indian & Alaskan 1 0.1%
Other 2 0.2%
Mixed Race 3 0.2%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 5 0.4%

Estimated Gretna Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 1,222
Growth -35
Growth % -2.8%

Gretna Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 46.8%
US/American 20.6%
English 15%
Irish 4.4%
German 3.3%
French (except Basque) 2.1%
European 2%
Scottish 1.6%
Scotch-Irish 1.3%
Arab/Arabic 0.7%
Swedish 0.5%
Italian 0.4%
Russian 0.3%
Polish 0.3%
Dutch 0.2%
Welsh 0.2%
Norwegian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Gretna 1,257 $33,611
Altavista 3,425 $40,039
Brookneal 1,259 $35,592
Chatham 1,338 $50,391
Hurt 1,276 $40,938
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Gretna High Schools (2004)

Serves 697 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.9

Gretna Colleges

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