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Overview

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.

People

Total Population15,474
Male Share of the Population46.5%
Female Share of the Population53.5%
Senior Citizens18.6%
Employed Population 16+5,559
Age of the Population39

Families

% of people married34.4%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher23.4%
Median Earnings25+$0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$0

Wealth

Median Family Income$39,375
% Above Poverty Level68.1%
% Below Poverty Level31.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time14 minutes
% Working from Home1.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.7%
% Using Public Transportation0.3%

Housing

People Living Alone36.6%
Median Gross Rent$578
Median House Value$97,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)58.3%
US/American0%
English4.1%
Irish4.8%

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

Natchez Almanac

CategoryValue
Nearest Medium City 77 miles SE of Monroe, Louisiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City136 miles NW of New Orleans, Louisiana
CountyAdams
Standard Zip Codes39120
P.O. Box Zip Codes39121, 39122
Phone Area Codes601
Time ZoneCentral (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude31.56
Longitude-91.403

Natchez Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationNATCHEZ
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

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

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Fayette1,563$23,906
Roxie551$34,226

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

Natchez Public Libraries

Library
Homochitto Valley Library Service
220 S. COMMERCE STREET
Natchez, Mississippi
(601) 445-8862

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Natchez Hospitals

NATCHEZ REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Government - Local)
52 SEARGENT PRENTISS DRIVE
(601) 443-2100
Emergency Service: Yes

NATCHEZ COMMUNITY HOSPITAL/SWING BED
(Proprietary)
129 JEFFERSON DAVIS BLVD BOX 1203
(601) 445-6205
Emergency Service: Yes

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319 SEARGENT PRENTISS DRIVE
601-445-2863
Serves 1,251 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.8

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315 SEARGENT PRENTISS DRIVE
601-445-2902
A Vocational School

CENTRAL SCHOOL
208 LYNDA LEE DRIVE
601-445-2941
A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.

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Historic Natchez

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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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