Natchez, Louisiana

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Natchez is a village in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 583 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Natchitoches Micropolitan Statistical Area.

It includes St. Augustine Parish (Isle Brevelle) Church. Church services were established in 1803 by Augustin Métoyer and have been held continuously since then. It is the oldest church in the US founded by and for the mixed Creole people. The church was built by sons of Métoyer and Marie Thérèse Coin-coin. Because of the significance of the Créole church's history and its centrality in the life of the community, it is featured on the Louisiana African American Heritage Trail.

The village and parish are part of the Cane River National Heritage Area.

Natchez is the birthplace of the late Sylvan Friedman, who served on the Natchitoches Parish Police Jury from 1932-1944, as a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1944-1952, and as a state senator from 1952-1972.

Geography

Natchez is located at 31°40′27″N 93°2′41″W / 31.67417°N 93.04472°W / 31.67417; -93.04472 (31.674145, -93.044740)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.8 km² (1.1 mi²), all land.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 583 people, 227 households, and 140 families residing in the village. The population density was 210.4/km² (542.9/mi²). There were 264 housing units at an average density of 95.3/km² (245.9/mi²). The racial makeup of the village was 4.80% White, 91.94% African American, 1.20% Native American, 1.03% from other races, and 1.03% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.20% of the population.

There were 227 households out of which 32.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 29.5% were married couples living together, 26.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.3% were non-families. 35.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.42.

In the village the population was spread out with 31.9% under the age of 18, 11.0% from 18 to 24, 26.1% from 25 to 44, 22.3% from 45 to 64, and 8.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 93.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.4 males.

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