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Gretna, Virginia
Location of Gretna, Virginia
Location of Gretna, Virginia
Coordinates: 36°57′11″N 79°21′46″W / 36.95306°N 79.36278°W / 36.95306; -79.36278Coordinates: 36°57′11″N 79°21′46″W / 36.95306°N 79.36278°W / 36.95306; -79.36278
Country United States
State Virginia
County Pittsylvania
 • Type Council-Manager
 • Mayor R. Keith Motley
 • Town Council Michael Bond
Ben Farmer
James Gilbert
Dianne Jennings
Deborah Moran
H. Wayne Wood
 • Total 1.1 sq mi (2.8 km2)
 • Land 1.1 sq mi (2.8 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 833 ft (254 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 1,257
 • Density 1,172.8/sq mi (452.8/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 24557
Area code(s) 434
FIPS code 51-33232[1]
GNIS feature ID 1467538[2]
Website Official website

Gretna is a town in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, United States. The population was 1,257 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Danville Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The Yancy cabin, Gretna, Virginia, Historic American Buildings Survey


The Gretna Commercial Historic District and Yates Tavern are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[3][4]


Gretna is located at 36°57′11″N 79°21′46″W / 36.95306°N 79.36278°W / 36.95306; -79.36278 (36.953190, -79.362769).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.8 km²), of which, 1.1 square miles (2.8 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (1.83%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 330
1920 470 42.4%
1930 637 35.5%
1940 619 −2.8%
1950 803 29.7%
1960 900 12.1%
1970 986 9.6%
1980 1,255 27.3%
1990 1,339 6.7%
2000 1,257 −6.1%
2010 1,267 0.8%
Est. 2014 1,245 [6] −1.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,257 people, 569 households, and 326 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,172.8 people per square mile (453.6/km²). There were 635 housing units at an average density of 592.5 per square mile (229.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 60.54% White, 38.90% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.16% from other races, and 0.24% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.40% of the population.

There were 569 households out of which 20.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.6% were married couples living together, 18.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.7% were non-families. 40.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 22.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.06 and the average family size was 2.75.

In the town the population was spread out with 18.4% under the age of 18, 4.7% from 18 to 24, 21.7% from 25 to 44, 23.9% from 45 to 64, and 31.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 50 years. For every 100 females there were 74.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 67.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $23,710, and the median income for a family was $33,611. Males had a median income of $28,158 versus $20,598 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,397. About 14.4% of families and 19.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.7% of those under age 18 and 20.7% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  4. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Listings". Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 5/28/13 through 5/31/13. National Park Service. 2013-06-07. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 

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