Natchitoches is a medium-sized city located in the state of Louisiana. With a population of 18,365 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Natchitoches is the 22nd largest community in Louisiana.
Natchitoches is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Natchitoches is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Natchitoches who work in office and administrative support (16.38%), sales jobs (13.64%), and teaching (7.36%).
In addition, Natchitoches is a college town. There are a lot of students in Natchitoches attending college, and as a result Natchitoches provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared to the needs and activities of students.
Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 15.07 minutes getting to work every day.
The population of Natchitoches overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Natchitoches, 24.75% have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Natchitoches in 2010 was $17,784, which is lower middle income relative to Louisiana, and low income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $71,136 for a family of four. However, Natchitoches contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Natchitoches also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 35.11% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Natchitoches is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Natchitoches home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Natchitoches residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Natchitoches include Irish, English, German, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Natchitoches is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.