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The town of Gretna was established just after the construction of a short line by the Burlington Railroad between Ashland and Omaha in 1886. According to the last census, Gretna had a population of about 4,441. Since the year 2000, Gretna has had the fastest growth rate of any city in Nebraska.
Gretna offers a multitude of amenities for residents, including a variety of annual events, such as Gretna Days and Vala's Pumpkin Patch and Fall Festival. The Shramm State Recreation Area offers picnic areas, miles of hiking trails, and an educational center with viewing tanks. A local golf course, community pool, and local conservation park and wildlife safari offer ample opportunities for relaxing outdoors. With a city motto of The Great Life, Gretna offers precisely that.