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Overview

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 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.

Demographics

People

Total Population17,832
Male Share of the Population50.9%
Female Share of the Population49.1%
Senior Citizens13.2%
Employed Population 16+7,371
Age of the Population37

Families

% of people married37.4%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher16.8%
Median Earnings25+$32,343
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$19,279
Median Earnings With High School Degree$30,185

Wealth

Median Family Income$49,645
% Above Poverty Level79.6%
% Below Poverty Level20.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time23 minutes
% Working from Home2.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.2%
% Using Public Transportation2.9%

Housing

People Living Alone35.6%
Median Gross Rent$842
Median House Value$163,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)53.9%
French Except Basque13%
German9%
Italian6.7%
Irish5.4%
English3.5%
Arab1.7%
African1%
Canadian1%
Palestinian1%
Scottish0.9%
Polish0.5%
Lebanese0.4%
West Indian0.4%
Croatian0.3%
Dutch0.3%
Russian0.2%
Nigerian0.2%
Welsh0.2%
Jamaican0.2%
British0.2%
Swedish0.1%
Greek0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
Norwegian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Slovak0.1%
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Gretna Almanac

CategoryValue
County Jefferson Parish
Standard Zip Codes70053, 70056
P.O. Box Zip Codes70054
Phone Area Codes504
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude29.91
Approximate Longitude-90.05

Gretna Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationNEW ORLEANS AUDUBON
Distance4.8 miles
Jan Temp45 to 63 F
Apr Temp60 to 79 F
Jul Temp75 to 92 F
Oct Temp62 to 81 F
Annual Precip63.7 inches
StationNEW ORLEANS CALLENDER
Distance7.1 miles
Jan Temp43 to 62 F
Apr Temp58 to 77 F
Jul Temp74 to 91 F
Oct Temp60 to 79 F
Annual Precip65.1 inches
StationST BERNARD
Distance13.6 miles
Jan Temp43 to 62 F
Apr Temp59 to 77 F
Jul Temp74 to 90 F
Oct Temp60 to 78 F
Annual Precip62.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Harahan9,321$82,195
Kenner66,954$63,811
Metairie144,772$74,571
New Orleans382,922$51,289
Westwego8,545$38,490

Gretna Hospitals

United Medical Healthwest-new Orleans
(Proprietary)
3201 Wall Boulevard
(504) 433-5551
Ochsner Medical Center-west Bank
(Non-profit)
2500 Belle Chasse Hwy
(504) 392-3131

Gretna Public Schools

Gretna Middle School
910 Gretna Boulevard
ZIP: 70053
(504) 366-0120
Middle
Total Enrollment 765
Gretna No. 2 Academy For Advanced Studies
701 Amelia Street
ZIP: 70053
(504) 366-3582
Primary
Total Enrollment 362
L. W. Ruppel Academy For Advanced Studies
815 Huey P. Long Avenue
ZIP: 70053
(504) 349-7768
Middle
Total Enrollment 307
Mcdonogh 26/homedale Elementary School
1200 Jefferson Street
ZIP: 70053
(504) 362-9929
Primary
Total Enrollment 371
Shirley Johnson/gretna Park Elementary School
1130 Gretna Boulevard
ZIP: 70053
(504) 366-1660
Primary
Total Enrollment 636
Thomas Jefferson High School For Advanced Studies
17 Gretna Blvd.
ZIP: 70053
(504) 363-4300
High
Total Enrollment 400
William Hart Elementary School
2001 Hancock Street
ZIP: 70053
(504) 366-4346
Primary
Total Enrollment 414
George Cox Elementary School
2630 Belle Chasse Highway
ZIP: 70056
(504) 394-5890
Primary
Total Enrollment 463
Paul J. Solis Elementary School
2850 Mt. Laurel Drive
ZIP: 70056
(504) 392-7867
Primary
Total Enrollment 741
Young Audiences Charter School
1407 Virgil Street
ZIP: 70113
(504) 717-1200
Primary
Total Enrollment 509

Gretna Private Schools

St Anthony School
900 Franklin Ave
ZIP: 70053
Elementary
Total Enrollment 185
St Cletus Elementary School
3610 Claire Ave
ZIP: 70053
Elementary
Total Enrollment 502
A Different World Academy
141 Bellemeade Blvd
ZIP: 70056
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 23
Arden Cahill Academy
3101 Wall Blvd
ZIP: 70056
Elementary
Total Enrollment 329
Elmwood Park Academy
1517 Carol Sue Ave
ZIP: 70056
Elementary
Total Enrollment 94
Muslim Academy
440 Realty Dr
ZIP: 70056
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 193
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