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Gretna, Virginia - Basic Facts

The Town of Gretna is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Pittsylvania County at latitude 36.9495 and longitude -79.3626. Pittsylvania County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 840 feet.

The formal official name is the Town of Gretna, but most people and references simply refer to it as Gretna, Virginia.

The P1 Census Class Code for Gretna indicates a populated place that is also an incorporated place with the same name and the same census code. The Incorporated Place has a Functional Status Code "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Gretna: Elba, Sulphur Springs.

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Gretna, VA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 1,452
Population in Households 1,441
Population in Familes 1,094
Population in Group Qrtrs 11
Population Density1 840
Diversity Index2 50


Total Households 694
Average Household Size 2.08
Family Households 402
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 802 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 380 (47.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 314 (39.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 108 (13.5%)
Median Home Value $66,040
Average Home Value $77,704


Median Household Income $34,856
Average Household Income $41,991
Per Capita Income $19,982
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 3.26% 1.33%
Households 3.48% 1.46%
Families 4.6% 1.4%
Median Household Income   2.18%
Per Capita Income   3.13%
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.


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, 2014 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 # 307 48th
Population Density1 # 273 54th
Diversity Index2 # 253 57th
Median Household Income # 476 20th
Per Capita Income # 415 30th

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