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 Population15,191
Male Share of the Population44.6%
Female Share of the Population55.4%
Senior Citizens19.6%
Employed Population 16+5,050
Age of the Population40


% of people married33.9%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher23.8%
Median Earnings25+$29,073
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$13,669
Median Earnings With High School Degree$20,714


Median Family Income$36,797
% Above Poverty Level64.1%
% Below Poverty Level35.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time15 minutes
% Working from Home2.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.8%
% Using Public Transportation0.3%


People Living Alone39.2%
Median Gross Rent$578
Median House Value$110,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)59.8%
French Except Basque2.1%
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Natchez Almanac

County Adams County
Standard Zip Codes39120
P.O. Box Zip Codes39121, 39122
Phone Area Codes601, 769
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude31.54
Approximate Longitude-91.38

Natchez Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance1.4 miles
Jan Temp39 to 58 F
Apr Temp55 to 77 F
Jul Temp72 to 91 F
Oct Temp55 to 79 F
Annual Precip62 inches
StationST JOSEPH 3 N
Distance28.7 miles
Jan Temp37 to 56 F
Apr Temp54 to 76 F
Jul Temp73 to 93 F
Oct Temp54 to 79 F
Annual Precip56.4 inches
StationLIBERTY 5 W
Distance40.3 miles
Jan Temp35 to 58 F
Apr Temp50 to 76 F
Jul Temp69 to 91 F
Oct Temp51 to 79 F
Annual Precip63.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income

Natchez Public Libraries

Judge Armstrong Library
Natchez, Mississippi
(601) 445-8862

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Natchez Hospitals

Natchez Community Hospital
129 Jefferson Davis Boulevard
(601) 445-6205
Natchez Regional Medical Center
(Government - Local)
54 Seargent Prentiss Drive
(601) 443-2100

Natchez Public Schools

Career And Technology Center
315 Seargent Prentiss Drive
ZIP: 39120
(601) 445-2902
Central School
208 Lynda Lee Drive
ZIP: 39120
(601) 445-2941
Joseph L Frazier Elementary
1445 George F West Blvd
ZIP: 39120
(601) 445-2885
Total Enrollment 598
Mc Laurin Elementary School
170 Seargent S Prentiss Drive
ZIP: 39120
(601) 445-2953
Total Enrollment 751
Morgantown Arts Academy
101 Cottage Home Drive
ZIP: 39120
(601) 445-2917
Total Enrollment 243
Morgantown College Prep Academy
101 Cottage Home Dr.
ZIP: 39120
(601) 445-2917
Total Enrollment 116
Morgantown Leadership Academy
101 College Home Drive
ZIP: 39120
(601) 445-2917
Total Enrollment 125
Natchez Early College Academy
319 Seargent Printiss Dr.
ZIP: 39120
(601) 445-2865
Total Enrollment 87
Natchez Freshman Academy
208 Lynda Lee Drive
ZIP: 39120
(601) 445-2941
Total Enrollment 205
Natchez High School
319 Seargent Prentiss Drive
ZIP: 39120
(601) 445-2864
Total Enrollment 658
Robert Lewis Magnet School
1221 Martin Luther King Street
ZIP: 39120
(601) 445-2926
Total Enrollment 318
Susie B West Elementary School
161 Lewis Drive
ZIP: 39120
(601) 445-2891
Total Enrollment 461

Natchez Private Schools

Adams County Christian School
300 Chinquapin Ln
ZIP: 39120
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 368
Cathedral School
701 N Dr Ml King Jr St
ZIP: 39120
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 578
Holy Family Early Learning Center
8 Orange Ave
ZIP: 39120
Total Enrollment 24
Trinity Episcopal Day School
1 Mallan G Morgan Dr
ZIP: 39120
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 259
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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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