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Gretna, Florida
Gretna City Hall
Gretna City Hall
Motto(s): 
"Come grow with us"
Location in Gadsden County and the state of Florida
Location in Gadsden County and the state of Florida
Country  United States
State  Florida
County  Gadsden
Area
 • Total 8.61 sq mi (22.30 km2)
 • Land 8.56 sq mi (22.17 km2)
 • Water 0.05 sq mi (0.12 km2)
Elevation
299 ft (91 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 1,357
 • Density 158.51/sq mi (61.20/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
32332
Area code(s) 850
FIPS code 12-27650
GNIS feature ID 0294791

Gretna is a city in Gadsden County, Florida, United States. The population was 1,460 as of the 2010 census, 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.

Geography

Gretna FL sign US90
The sign for Gretna on U.S. Route 90

Gretna is located 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). In recent years 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.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1950 385
1960 647 68.1%
1970 883 36.5%
1980 1,557 76.3%
1990 1,981 27.2%
2000 1,709 −13.7%
2010 1,460 −14.6%
2020 1,357 −7.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Gretna racial composition
(Hispanics excluded from racial categories)
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 80 5.9%
Black or African American (NH) 1,104 81.36%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 1 0.07%
Some Other Race (NH) 2 0.15%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 15 1.11%
Hispanic or Latino 155 11.42%
Total 1,357

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 1,357 people, 465 households, and 253 families residing in the city.

Education

Gretna Elementary School building
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. Gretna Elementary School, which previously served elementary school students, closed in 2017.

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.

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