Profile for Natchitoches, Louisiana, LA
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Natchitoches is in Natchitoches Parish.
It is the parish seat.
The community was named for the Indian tribe.
The latitude of Natchitoches is 31.760N. The longitude is -93.086W.
It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 118 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 18,113.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Natchitoches demographic reports
Natchitoches is on the Red River.
The city was founded in 1714 by a French Canadian, Louis Antoine Juchereau de St. Denis.
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 221. The number of murders and homicides was 3. The violent crime rate was 12.4 per 1,000 people.
Ranked No. 1 in the state, June 2001, in the ePodunk Historic Small Towns Index
Natchitoches received national attention for the 1973 plane crash in which singer Jim Croce died.
Local foods: meat pie
Filming location for:
· 1989 movie, "Steel Magnolias"
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include PJ?s Coffee
Local festivals include:
- Cane River Zydeco Festival - Aug. 31-Sept. 1, 2007
- Mardi Gras - Feb. 17, 2007
- Meat Pie Festival - Sept. 14-15, 2007
- Northwestern Folklife Festival - July 20-21, 2007
Dates often change. Check Natchitoches web sites and events links in the sections below.
Natchitoches attractions: Bayou Pierre Gator Farm
Historic routes: El Camino Real
Historic sites and museums: Old Courthouse Museum, Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Fort Jessup
Colleges and universities:
Northwestern State University
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was on par with the national average. (See library links below.)
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Ancestry & family history
6% of Natchitoches residents report German ancestry, and 6% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Natchitoches ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Natchitoches was $12,642, compared with $21,587 nationally.
23% of Natchitoches residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Natchitoches festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Cane River Zydeco Festival - A
- Meat Pie Festival - S
- Mardi Gras - F
- Northwestern Folklife Festival - J
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
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Historic districts in Natchitoches include Natchitoches Historic District ... View historic districts
Median rent in Natchitoches, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $270. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $716.
Libraries in Natchitoches include Natchitoches Parish Library ... View libraries
Natchitoches Parish supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Natchitoches political report.
The average commute time for Natchitoches workers is 17 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
Hotels in Natchitoches include Best Western, Days Inn, Hampton Inn Natchitoches, Holiday Inn Express, Ramada Inn Natchitoches.
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