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Gretna, Louisiana - Basic Facts

The City of Gretna had a population of 17,623 as of July 1, 2017. Gretna ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Louisiana. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Gretna is located at latitude 29.9109 and longitude -90.0517 in Jefferson Parish. The formal boundaries for the City of Gretna (see map below) encompass a land area of 4 sq. miles and a water area of 0.46 sq. miles. Jefferson Parish is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 0 feet.

The City of Gretna (GNIS ID: 2403761) 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.

The City of Gretna is located within Parish Governing Authority District 1, a minor civil division (MCD) of Jefferson Parish.

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: Mechancisk Village, Mechanickkham, Mechanicks Village, Mechanikham.

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


Total Population 17,623
Daytime Population: Workers 9,403
Daytime Population: Residents 9,401
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 18,804
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.07
Population in Households 16,657
Population in Familes 12,317
Population in Group Qrtrs 966
Population Density2 4,402
Diversity Index3 71


Median Household Income $36,533
Average Household Income $57,283
Per Capita Income $23,436


Total Housing Units 8,002 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,137 (39.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,818 (47.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,047 (13.1%)
Median Home Value $171,028
Average Home Value $201,419


Total Households 6,955
Average Household Size 2.39
Family Households 4,044
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 -0.08% 0.02%
Households -0.02% 0.07%
Families -0.35% -0.13%
Median Household Income   0.71%
Per Capita Income   2.2%

Gretna, LA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Gretna to the other 474 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Louisiana 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 # 27 95th
Population Density # 7 99th
Diversity Index # 11 98th
Median Household Income # 293 38th
Per Capita Income # 179 62nd

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