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Gretna, Virginia - Basic Facts

The Town of Gretna had a population of 1,475 as of July 1, 2015.

The primary coordinate point for Gretna is located at latitude 36.9495 and longitude -79.3626 in Pittsylvania County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Gretna (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.67 sq. miles and a water area of 0.02 sq. miles. Pittsylvania County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 840 feet.

The Town of Gretna (GNIS ID: 2390220) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Gretna population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2015.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Gretna: Elba, Sulphur Springs.

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Gretna, VA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2015)


Total Population 1,475
Population in Households 1,465
Population in Familes 1,113
Population in Group Qrtrs 10
Population Density1 853
Diversity Index2 50


Total Households 700
Average Household Size 2.09
Family Households 404
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 797 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 379 (47.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 322 (40.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 97 (12.2%)
Median Home Value $63,166
Average Home Value $74,934


Median Household Income $36,408
Average Household Income $45,873
Per Capita Income $21,673
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 2.94% 1.93%
Households 2.98% 2.06%
Families 3.81% 2.0%
Median Household Income   2.11%
Per Capita Income   2.1%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

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Gretna, VA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Gretna to the other 591 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Virginia by rank and percentile using July 1, 2015 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 302 49th
Population Density1 # 270 54th
Diversity Index2 # 251 58th
Median Household Income # 448 24th
Per Capita Income # 381 36th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Virginia Census Data Comparison Tool.