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 real estate is some of the most expensive in Louisiana, although Natchitoches house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Natchitoches is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-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 (16.56%), sales jobs (13.84%), and teaching (8.37%).
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 13.95 minutes getting to work every day.
The citizens of Natchitoches are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 23.37% of adults in Natchitoches having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Natchitoches in 2010 was $16,620, 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 $66,480 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 38.62% 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 Arabic.