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Old 01-28-2018, 08:17 PM
 
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To Mississippi/Alabama line,

Just fyi, I currently live in Seattle now, and yes have been here a long time. However, I have lived in seven states, including the South before, just not Mississippi. Even when I moved here, I continued to travel to the South all the time on business, including to Natchez many years ago, so your assumptions about me are incorrect. Also, I am not happy living on the Left Coast anymore which is one reason to consider moving...I don't consider everyone who lives in southern states rednecks or ignorant, etc. etc. in fact I get offended when everyone in Seattle takes that attitude as they model plenty of ignorance in their own way. I have lived in the Midwest, South, the East Coast, the Mountain West and the West Coast, and I have been able to fit in wherever I go as I find and appreciate what makes each place unique.

I appreciate the friendliness of the South and as someone who minored in History as well as taught History I appreciate a lot of the history and architecture there among other factors.

I am sure you meant well in your message, and I am not offended, I am just setting things straight in case someone else reads my post and thinks I need to be schooled about the cultural differences when rather than hearing about that I just want to know a bit more about the town, what it's like to live there etc. Now I check flooding off the list of possible negatives I hope to learn more about other aspects like groups (not dating) but social groups to join, how far one has to drive to do more than get groceries, etc. The one time I visited I had been on a business trip to New Orleans and then stayed on to take some vacation time and only saw Natchez in terms of through a tourist's eyes which is a different lens then thinking about living there. Just for reference, it's not the only place on my 'possible list' which also includes: Mobile, AL, Oxford, MS, New Iberia or Nachochites, LA, etc. With the possible exception of Oxford, most have the beautiful old homes I love.
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Old 02-09-2018, 11:40 AM
 
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I keep hoping someone who lives in Natchez or visits a lot will jump on this thread and tell me more about their impressions of the town. I am wondering if it feel too small? I am ready to leave big city life behind, but wonder what people tend to do for fun there? I like to read, garden, make art - all quiet pursuits I can do anywhere, but sometimes like to go to plays, attend lectures/talks, do garden tours, etc.

Does it feel too isolated? Do you have to drive far to shop or is that not a problem as you shop online? When I say shop I mainly mean the basics such as choice of grocery stores, home improvement/hardware stores, the basics. I am past the point in my life where I mean mall shopping for clothes and more junk.

I also ask about isolation as there isn't any airport close by if you want to get away for a change of scenery....
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Old 02-10-2018, 08:33 AM
 
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natchez is nice, Mobile is not, too big city, misissippi coast is nice. so yes, its not stupid, its really a very good idea.
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Old 02-10-2018, 11:04 AM
 
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I was in Natchez a couple of days ago. Natchez would be a nice place to retire, but it's a typical southern small town. There is not much there in the way of entertainment, shopping, etc. Although there are some retirees, local business people and hipsters with money, most of the populace lives in abject poverty. I dread going there because it just seems so far from everywhere, but I do like the town and feel. Baton Rouge is a 90+ minutes away and that is closest decent sized town. I'm sure there is a Wal Mart close by to take care of everyday needs and of course Amazon delivers. You would be within two and half hours of the Airport in NOLA (likely a similar distance to the airport in Jackson, but Jackson is expensive and you can find some smoking deals out of NOLA). If being close to specialized or "state of the art medical" care is important to you, I'd certainly look elsewhere.
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Old 03-08-2018, 05:40 PM
 
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It's a small city of about 15-20K people. I can agree with most of what everyone else has said. I attended Alcorn State University, which is the university of that region of Mississippi. The main campus is about 30 minutes north of Natchez, but there is also a satellite campus in Natchez that houses the School of Nursing and School of Business. I lived on the main campus, so we'd often rotate trips between Natchez and Vicksburg for trips to Walmart, hotels, restaurants, and casinos. I personally think Natchez is beautiful and overall tranquil. But yes, due to a chunk of local residents in the Natchez locale and Adams County living in poverty....there is some crime there like basically anywhere else. Your closest airports are Baton Rouge Metropolitan and Alexandria International, both 1.5 hour away. Natchez Merit Health Center is the hospital of that immediate area. It scored a "C" for Fall 2017 by Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. It has room for some improvement in some areas, but it's not bad at all. Area hospitals: Southwest Mississippi Regional in McComb (1 hour away) got a "D"; King's Daughter Medical Center in Brookhaven (1 hour away) got an "A"; River Regional Medical Center in Vicksburg (1 hour away) got a "D"; Rapides Regional & Christus St. Frances in Alexandria, LA (1.5 hour away) got a "C"; and Baton Rouge General & Oschner Medical Center in Baton Rouge, LA (1.5 hour away) got "A." Hope this gives you a little more insight on Natchez and what's around it. I think it could be good for you. But as in anything, it will be what you make it. Good luck to you.
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Old 03-09-2018, 09:13 AM
 
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It's a small city of about 15-20K people. I can agree with most of what everyone else has said. I attended Alcorn State University, which is the university of that region of Mississippi. The main campus is about 30 minutes north of Natchez, but there is also a satellite campus in Natchez that houses the School of Nursing and School of Business. I lived on the main campus, so we'd often rotate trips between Natchez and Vicksburg for trips to Walmart, hotels, restaurants, and casinos. I personally think Natchez is beautiful and overall tranquil. But yes, due to a chunk of local residents in the Natchez locale and Adams County living in poverty....there is some crime there like basically anywhere else. Your closest airports are Baton Rouge Metropolitan and Alexandria International, both 1.5 hour away. Natchez Merit Health Center is the hospital of that immediate area. It scored a "C" for Fall 2017 by Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. It has room for some improvement in some areas, but it's not bad at all. Area hospitals: Southwest Mississippi Regional in McComb (1 hour away) got a "D"; King's Daughter Medical Center in Brookhaven (1 hour away) got an "A"; River Regional Medical Center in Vicksburg (1 hour away) got a "D"; Rapides Regional & Christus St. Frances in Alexandria, LA (1.5 hour away) got a "C"; and Baton Rouge General & Oschner Medical Center in Baton Rouge, LA (1.5 hour away) got "A." Hope this gives you a little more insight on Natchez and what's around it. I think it could be good for you. But as in anything, it will be what you make it. Good luck to you.
Jackson's flights are going to be better than Alexandria or Baton Rouge.
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Old 03-09-2018, 10:07 PM
 
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Jackson's flights are going to be better than Alexandria or Baton Rouge.
Well, back in the day yea.. Jackson's airport, which is 2.5 hours away from Natchez, used to be decent with prices until recent day. I live in Dallas, TX now, and have priced some flights to Jackson recently... and the prices are just awful. I have flown into Alexandria a couple times for events at Alcorn-Natchez, and it wasn't bad at all. I've also flown into Baton Rouge, and the prices were moderate. But I know both airports can be expensive depending on when you book and where ur coming from. It's just good to note that you'll be driving a while if flying to Jackson and driving to Natchez lol..
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Old 03-10-2018, 07:44 AM
 
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Jackson's flights are going to be better than Alexandria or Baton Rouge.
New Orleans is roughly the same distance as Jackson has many more flights and much better prices. The only advantage Jackson has is it is easy to get in to and out of, is never busy and easy to get around once inside.

The wife flew to Europe last summer, flights out of New Orleans were much less expensive.

I'm a "drive it if less than 8 hours" guy, so I'd drive the Dallas to Natchez route, although I understand some people may not be able to stay in a car that long. I know people who fly from Jackson to Atlanta, total time between driving and flying (from doorstep to hotel) is about the same.
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Old 03-11-2018, 09:39 PM
 
Location: Jack-town, Sip by way of AL and FL
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New Orleans is roughly the same distance as Jackson has many more flights and much better prices. The only advantage Jackson has is it is easy to get in to and out of, is never busy and easy to get around once inside.

The wife flew to Europe last summer, flights out of New Orleans were much less expensive.

I'm a "drive it if less than 8 hours" guy, so I'd drive the Dallas to Natchez route, although I understand some people may not be able to stay in a car that long. I know people who fly from Jackson to Atlanta, total time between driving and flying (from doorstep to hotel) is about the same.
NOLA airport is like 45 minutes farther dude. But you're right, they're going to have better flights. But let's not spread inaccurate information.
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Old 03-12-2018, 09:06 AM
 
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NOLA airport is like 45 minutes farther dude. But you're right, they're going to have better flights. But let's not spread inaccurate information.
Two hours versus 2:45 for a ton more flights and to save a significant amount of money? Plenty of people who live in the Jackson area drive to NOLA to fly out of there, do you know anything about Mississippi? Southwest pulling out was a huge hit to Jackson.

Only an idiot would drive from Natchez to Jackson to fly over driving to NOLA.
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