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Gretna, Virginia - Basic Facts

The Town of Gretna had a population of 1,458 as of July 1, 2017.

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, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Gretna: Elba, Sulphur Springs.

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Gretna, VA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 1,458
Daytime Population: Workers 1,374
Daytime Population: Residents 966
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 2,340
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.60
Population in Households 1,447
Population in Familes 1,096
Population in Group Qrtrs 11
Population Density2 873
Diversity Index3 50


Median Household Income $28,739
Average Household Income $40,809
Per Capita Income $19,228


Total Housing Units 789 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 368 (46.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 315 (39.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 106 (13.4%)
Median Home Value $100,852
Average Home Value $124,932


Total Households 683
Average Household Size 2.12
Family Households 392
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 1.96% 0.58%
Households 1.8% 0.55%
Families 2.32% 0.46%
Median Household Income   3.18%
Per Capita Income   3.4%

Gretna, VA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Gretna to the other 593 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Virginia by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 Density # 270 55th
Diversity Index # 260 56th
Median Household Income # 580 2nd
Per Capita Income # 531 11th

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