Gretna, Florida

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Gretna, Florida
Gretna City Hall
Gretna City Hall
Motto(s): "Come grow with us"[1]
Location in Gadsden County and the state of Florida
Location in Gadsden County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 30°36′56″N 84°39′45″W / 30.61556°N 84.66250°W / 30.61556; -84.66250Coordinates: 30°36′56″N 84°39′45″W / 30.61556°N 84.66250°W / 30.61556; -84.66250
Country  United States
State  Florida
County  Gadsden
 • Total 7.68 sq mi (19.89 km2)
 • Land 7.66 sq mi (19.83 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.06 km2)
Elevation 299 ft (91 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,460
 • Estimate (2016)[3] 1,382
 • Density 180.54/sq mi (69.70/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 32332
Area code(s) 850
FIPS code 12-27650[4]
GNIS feature ID 0294791[5]

Gretna is a city in Gadsden County, Florida, United States. The population was 1,460 as of the 2010 census,[6] down from 1,709 at the 2000 census. It is on U.S. 90 approximately 8 miles (13 km) south of the Florida-Georgia border.

Gretna is part of the Tallahassee, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area.


The sign for Gretna on U.S. Route 90

Gretna is in west-central Gadsden County at 30°36′56″N 84°39′45″W / 30.61556°N 84.66250°W / 30.61556; -84.66250 (30.615598, -84.662457).[7] The city limits have expanded south and west 5 miles (8 km) to encompass part of Interstate 10; the city is now bordered on the south by Greensboro.

U.S. Route 90 passes through Gretna as Main Street; it leads southeast 5 miles (8 km) to Quincy, the Gadsden County seat, and northwest 14 miles (23 km) to Chattahoochee. Interstate 10 passes through the southwest part of Gretna, with access from Exit 174 (Florida State Road 12). I-10 leads east 28 miles (45 km) to Tallahassee and west 160 miles (260 km) to Pensacola. SR 12 leads southwest 24 miles (39 km) to Bristol, and SR 65 leads south 17 miles (27 km) to Hosford.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city of Gretna has a total area of 6.0 square miles (15.6 km2), of which 0.01 square miles (0.02 km2), or 0.13%, is water.[6]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20161,382[3]−5.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 1,709 people, 503 households, and 401 families residing in the city. The population density was 906.7 inhabitants per square mile (350.1/km2). There were 553 housing units at an average density of 293.4 per square mile (113.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 88.41% African American, 6.14% White, 0.18% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 4.68% from other races, and 0.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.65% of the population.

There were 503 households out of which 41.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.0% were married couples living together, 31.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.1% were non-families. 18.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.40 and the average family size was 3.84.

In the city, the population was spread out with 35.0% under the age of 18, 11.2% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 17.7% from 45 to 64, and 8.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $24,769, and the median income for a family was $26,176. Males had a median income of $20,819 versus $17,955 for females. The per capita income for the city was $9,062. About 25.9% of families and 30.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 43.3% of those under age 18 and 24.2% of those age 65 or over.

Government and infrastructure[edit]

Post office

The U.S. Postal Service operates the Gretna Post Office.[9]

The county government operates the Brenda A. Holt Gadsden County Gretna Public Safety Complex.

The Gretna Volunteer Fire Department operates one fire station.[10]


Gretna Elementary School (closed in 2017)

The Gadsden County School District operates area public schools.

Residents in PreK-3 are served by Greensboro Primary School and residents in grades 4-5 are served by West Gadsden Middle School.[11] Gretna Elementary School, which previously served elementary school students, closed in 2017.[12]

As of 2017 Gadsden County High School (previously East Gadsden High School) is the only zoned high school in the county, due to the consolidation of West Gadsden High School's high school section into East Gadsden High.[13]



  1. ^ "Welcome to the City of Gretna Official Website". City of Gretna. Retrieved November 21, 2016. 
  2. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 7, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Gretna city, Florida". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved November 21, 2016. 
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  9. ^ "GRETNA." U.S. Postal Service. Retrieved on April 7, 2017.
  10. ^ "Fire Station Locations." Gadsden County, Florida. Retrieved on April 7, 2017.
  11. ^ "SCHOOL MERGERS NOT POPULAR AT WEST GADSDEN". Havana Herald. 2017-03-03. Retrieved 2017-04-06. 
  12. ^ Jiwanmall, Stephen (2017-05-30). "Gadsden County School Board Approves High School Details". WTXL. Retrieved 2017-08-01. 
  13. ^ Jiwanmall, Stephen (2017-04-04). "Gadsden County Schools to Consolidate in 2017-18". WTXL. Retrieved 2017-04-06. 

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