Introduction to Natchez, Mississippi

Natchez, Mississippi, in Adams county, is located 77 miles SE of Monroe, Louisiana and 136 miles NW of New Orleans, Louisiana.

Natchez History

The Natchez Native Americans inhabited this region starting in the 8th century. In fact, their main ceremonial village was located where the present day city of Natchez stands. The French established a trading port in this area in 1714. In 1716, they built Fort Rosalie in order to protect the post. There were frequent skirmishes between the Native Indians and the French, and ultimately, in the Natchez War of 1729, the entire French colony in the region was wiped out. However, the French counterattacked, and in 1731, the Natchez Indians were forced to surrender. In 1840, the city was struck by a devastating tornado that killed more than 300 people. Prior to the American Civil War, Natchez was the wealthiest city in the United States.

Natchez and nearby Attractions

  • Natchez Museum of African-American History and Culture
  • Frogmore Plantation
  • Natchez National Historical Park
  • Grand Village of the Natchez Indians
  • Auburn Museum & Historic Home

Things To Do In Natchez

The Grand Village of the Natchez Indians includes a reconstructed Natchez Indian house, a museum, and three ceremonial mounds. At the Natchez National Historical Park, visitors can take a look around the 18th-century Fort Rosalie, John T. McMurran's estate and the William Johnson House. Golfers can enjoy a round at the Beau Pre Golf Club. The Auburn Museum & Historic Home, which was built in 1812, is known for its architectural design. The St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge offers facilities for fishing and hunting. The Vidalia Flea Market and the Spring Market on the RiverWalk are also popular local destinations. In addition, the residents of the city organize the Angels On The Bluff festival and the Natchez Festival of Music every year.

Natchez Transportation

Baton Rouge Metropolitan is the closest major airport.

Natchez Higher Education

Louisiana Technical College-Shelby Jackson Campus, Alcorn State University and Louisiana Technical College-Avoyelles Campus are some of the nearest colleges and universities.


Total Population 15,474
Male Share of the Population 46.5%
Female Share of the Population 53.5%
Senior Citizens 18.6%
Employed Population 16+ 5,559
Age of the Population 39


% of people married 34.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 23.4%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $39,375
% Above Poverty Level 68.1%
% Below Poverty Level 31.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 14 minutes
% Working from Home 1.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.7%
% Using Public Transportation 0.3%


People Living Alone 36.6%
Median Gross Rent $578
Median House Value $97,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 58.3%
US/American 0%
English 4.1%
Irish 4.8%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Natchez Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 77 miles SE of Monroe, Louisiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 136 miles NW of New Orleans, Louisiana
County Adams
Standard Zip Codes 39120
P.O. Box Zip Codes 39121, 39122
Phone Area Codes 601
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 31.56
Longitude -91.403

Natchez Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 1.4 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 58 F
Apr Temp 55 to 77 F
Jul Temp 72 to 91 F
Oct Temp 55 to 79 F
Annual Precip 62 inches
Station ST JOSEPH 3 N
Distance 28.7 miles
Jan Temp 37 to 56 F
Apr Temp 54 to 76 F
Jul Temp 73 to 93 F
Oct Temp 54 to 79 F
Annual Precip 56.4 inches
Station LIBERTY 5 W
Distance 40.3 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 58 F
Apr Temp 50 to 76 F
Jul Temp 69 to 91 F
Oct Temp 51 to 79 F
Annual Precip 63.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Natchez, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Church Hill (39120)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Fayette 1,563 $23,906
Roxie 551 $34,226

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Natchez Public Libraries

Homochitto Valley Library Service
Natchez, Mississippi
(601) 445-8862

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Natchez Hospitals

(Government - Local)
(601) 443-2100
Emergency Service: Yes

(601) 445-6205
Emergency Service: Yes

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Natchez High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

Serves 1,251 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.8

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A Title I School.

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Historic Natchez


Gloucester (home of Winthrop Sargent, first governor of Mississippi) ca. 1904

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Gloucester (home of Winthrop Sargent, first governor of Mississippi) ca. 1904

Natchez (under the hill, and the Mississippi) 1890 October

Under the hill and the Mississippi) between 1910 and 1920

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