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Welcome to Gretna ...

The city of Gretna is located in Jefferson Parish<1> and is the Parish Seat for Jefferson Parish.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Gretna has a population of 17,711 people<2> (see below for details).

Gretna was established in 1836.

The community of Gretna is near sea level<3>.

Time Zone: Gretna lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Gretna is located in the (504) area code.

The ZIP codes for Gretna: 70053-70054, 70056<4>

Websites for Gretna ...

Official Website: www.gretnala.com/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Gretna had an population of 17,711 people. This is a decrease of 0.14% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 1.65% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Gretna had a population of 17,736 people. This makes Gretna the parish's 2nd most populous community.

The population of Gretna represents 0.39% of the population of Louisiana (which has 4,533,372 people), making it the state's 18th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 17,736 people, the population of Gretna increased 1.8% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 17,423 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Gretna.

Communities Also Named Gretna ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 13 communities that are also named Gretna - they are located in Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Manitoba, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Virginia.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Gretna.

Communities near Gretna ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Gretna.

  • Kenner [Jefferson Parish]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kenner
    • Kenner [Jefferson Parish] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<5> to the northwest of Gretna
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 66,288 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Kenner have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kenner
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Kenner<7>
  • Harahan [Jefferson Parish]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Harahan
    • Harahan [Jefferson Parish] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<5> to the west of Gretna
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 9,244 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Harahan have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Harahan
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Harahan<7>
  • Jean Lafitte [Jefferson Parish]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Jean Lafitte
    • Jean Lafitte [Jefferson Parish] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<5> to the south of Gretna
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,996 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Jean Lafitte have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jean Lafitte
  • Woodmere [Jefferson Parish]
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    • Woodmere [Jefferson Parish] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<5> to the south of Gretna
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Woodmere have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Woodmere
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Belle Chasse [Plaquemines Parish]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Belle Chasse
      • Belle Chasse [Plaquemines Parish] lies 5 miles [8 km]<5> to the southeast of Gretna
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Belle Chasse have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Belle Chasse
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Belle Chasse<7>
    • Chalmette [Saint Bernard Parish]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Chalmette
      • Chalmette [Saint Bernard Parish] lies 5 miles [8 km]<5> to the east of Gretna
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Chalmette have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Chalmette
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Chalmette<7>
    • English Turn [Plaquemines Parish]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for English Turn
      • English Turn [Plaquemines Parish] lies 5 miles [8 km]<5> to the southeast of Gretna
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on English Turn
    • Estelle [Jefferson Parish]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Estelle
      • Estelle [Jefferson Parish] lies 5 miles [8 km]<5> to the southwest of Gretna
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Estelle
    • Westwego [Jefferson Parish]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Westwego
      • Westwego [Jefferson Parish] lies 5 miles [8 km]<5> to the west of Gretna
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 8,297 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Westwego have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Westwego
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Westwego<7>
    • Jefferson [Jefferson Parish]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Jefferson
      • Jefferson [Jefferson Parish] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<5> to the northwest of Gretna
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Jefferson have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jefferson
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Jefferson<7>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Gretna. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Gretna.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Gretna. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Gretna.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Gretna. Our list includes 8 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Gretna.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Gretna ...

Looking for more information about Gretna? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Gretna, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Gretna.

Adding Gretna to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Gretna in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Gretna was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Gretna on our Genealogy Page.

Communities in Louisiana

About Jefferson Parish

About Louisiana

The official website for Gretna: www.gretnala.com/

The official website for Jefferson Parish: www.jeffparish.net/

The official website for State of Louisiana: louisiana.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Louisiana's parishes, including Jefferson, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Gretna.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Gretna - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Gretna). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Gretna or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Gretna includes: 70053 & 70054.
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Gretna) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Gretna. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from GretnaOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Gretna. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 29.9159, Longitude: -90.0544    
<6>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






















 

 

 

 

 


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