Gretna, Louisiana

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Gretna, Louisiana
Gretna City Hall
Gretna City Hall
Location of Gretna in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Gretna in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Coordinates: 29°54′59″N 90°03′15″W / 29.91639°N 90.05417°W / 29.91639; -90.05417Coordinates: 29°54′59″N 90°03′15″W / 29.91639°N 90.05417°W / 29.91639; -90.05417[1]
CountryUnited States
StateLouisiana
ParishJefferson
Government
 • MayorBelinda Cambre Constant
Area
 • Total4.47 sq mi (11.57 km2)
 • Land4.00 sq mi (10.37 km2)
 • Water0.46 sq mi (1.20 km2)
Elevation0 ft (0 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total17,736
 • Estimate 
(2016)[3]
17,897
 • Density4,469.78/sq mi (1,725.92/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
70053, 70056
Area code(s)504
FIPS code22-31915
Websitewww.gretnala.com

Gretna is the second-largest city in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, United States.[4][5] Gretna is on the west bank of the Mississippi River. It is just east and across the river from uptown New Orleans. It is part of the New Orleans–MetairieKenner Metropolitan Statistical Area. In 2010, 17,736 people lived there.[6]

History[change | change source]

Gretna was created in 1836.[7] It was called Mechanicsham.

Geography[change | change source]

Gretna is at 29°54′59″N 90°3′15″W / 29.91639°N 90.05417°W / 29.91639; -90.05417 (29.916459, -90.054260)[8] and has an elevation of 0 feet (0 m)[1] behind the levee along the Mississippi River.

The United States Census Bureau says that the city has a total area of 3.9 square miles (10 km2). Of that, 3.5 sq mi (9.1 km2) is land and 0.4 sq mi (1.0 km2) (9.33%) is water.

People[change | change source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1850717
18802,396
18903,33239.1%
19207,197
19309,58433.2%
194010,87913.5%
195013,81327.0%
196021,96759.0%
197024,87513.2%
198020,615−17.1%
199017,208−16.5%
200017,4231.2%
201017,7361.8%
Est. 201617,897[3]2.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Gretna, Louisiana". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. June 4, 1980. Retrieved 2008-02-05.
  2. "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 2, 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  4. "Gretna, Louisiana (LA) Detailed Profile" (notes), City Data, 2007, webpage: C-Gretna.
  5. "Census 2000 Data for the State of Louisiana" (town list), US Census Bureau, May 2003, webpage: C2000-LA.
  6. "Gretna (city), Louisiana". quickfacts.census.gov. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
  7. "City of Gretna". City of Gretna. Retrieved 2007-08-30.
  8. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.