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Old 05-07-2007, 11:32 AM
 
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Is this area or surrounding, desirable for families? How are the school districts? And for careers? Are there any cancer/medical centers within 25 miles?
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Old 05-08-2007, 11:45 AM
 
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Natchez is a wonderful, quiet little city with a tremendous amount of history. BUT...schools are not that great, many send their children to private schools. There are very few jobs. Most of the industry has closed. There is a casino and tourism that provides most of the employment, along with farming and a little bit of petroleum. Natchez has a good small hospital. Any cancer center-type hospital would be in Jackson, about an hour and a half to two hours away. We visit Natchez once a year and have friends there...the town is very friendly. Vidalia and Ferriday, La., are just across the Mississippi River. Both have pretty depressed economies. Seems like in Natchez the residents are either VERY rich or VERY poor. I definitely recommend a visit.
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Old 11-19-2007, 06:33 AM
 
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Thumbs up Re; Cancer and Healthcare

Natchez has wonderful physicians and many healthcare facilities and Cancer Care facilities. Natchez Community Hospital, Natchez Regional Hospital, Riverpark Medical Center ( w/ an After Hours Clinic from 3p-11p ), the Cancer Care Center( behind Community Hospital ), staffed with a full Time Radiation Oncologist,a medical physicist and board certified radiation therapists offering the latest in radiation therapy advanced technology and personal care of their patients. Also Natchez Oncology ( across form Community Hospital )is here if you or a family member needed Medical Oncology services ( chemotherapy and/or hematology specialist ).

I am certain that all of these facilities will accept applications for employment if you are interested. I have lived in Natchez for over 10 years and it is a wonderful place to raise a family and a delightful place to visit. All the best to you and may God bless you always!
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Old 04-30-2014, 11:25 AM
 
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I am relocating to natchez, but I am scared to death. it's beautiful where were going to live but I am concerned because we are raising a family. There doesn't seem to be anything to offer them. I maybe wrong but I have been doing research and am getting very discouraged. We are coming from a robust large city/suburban area. I guess im not sending them to public schools, I saw that info. Can you send them out of county? I have 4 kids, and won't be able to afford private schools .Is there any type of recreational activities for them to do not related to religious organizations? I know it's going to be a huge adjustment, just trying to get some positive feedback, to be prepared. We have visited, I know the people are very nice. Canfo. for a newbie.
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Old 04-30-2014, 07:25 PM
 
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Franklin County schools are ranked 63rd out of 128 school districts in the state, versus Natchez schools ranked 123rd of 128 districts. Presumably you would have to live in Franklin County for their schools. This is beautiful country but about as rural and lightly populated as you can get. Basically you'd be living in the country and driving into Natchez for work, shopping etc.

You could also look at Vidalia, Louisiana which is visible across the bridge from downtown Natchez, just a couple of minutes away. Their schools are better rated than Natchez also. There are also three private schools in Natchez: Catholic, Episcopal and Christian. Those would be quite nice and probably don't cost anywhere near the cost of private schools in large cities. And they are small, so your children would know virtually everyone and have and endless supply of friends.

One other option that comes to mind is living in Brookhaven and commuting an hour to Natchez for work. West Lincoln schools (the western side of Lincoln County near Brookhaven) are some the very highest ranked schools in the state (some years ranked number 1 in the state even), and Brookhaven is quite lovely, and a little easier drive up to Jackson for more of the suburban activities you are accustomed to (45 minutes north of Brookhaven to Jackson). Brookhaven is similar in size to Natchez but somehow feels much more modern and economically vibrant and up to date.

Also from Natchez, Baton Rouge is about an hour and 20 minutes south which really isn't so bad. Baton Rouge is the home of LSU, so you can take your kids to those raucous LSU football games.

Personally I find Natchez to be one of my favorite places anywhere. The terrain outside town has the most beautiful undulating ridges and ravines amid gorgeous mature hardwood forests. Natchez seems to be right on the line where the environment turns semi-tropical, giving it that lush, movie-like feel with year-round flowers, hanging moss, and the biggest, most draping live oaks you've ever seen. Natchez obviously has some of America's most elegant architecture and a social culture known for its graciousness and many parties and social events. Think New Orleans without the crowding and violence.

For your children, I would assume that children growing up in small towns often have lovely upbringings, complete with sports, neighborhood friends, wonderful warm memories of church, and exploring the countryside (walking, biking, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, or just plain playing out in the yard (year round) until long after the sun goes down. For that matter, your kids could play outside in the neighborhood very safely until late in the evening, coming in covered with mud and grass and exhausted from a happy day playing football, hide and seek or exploring the neighborhood woods.

Based on your reference to concerns about costs, and a seeming suspicion of churches (it sounded like, anyway), you might check out the Catholic schools, which are the most racially diverse and are not evangelical in style, which is more unfamiliar outside the south. So....IMHO...you might just consider embracing the slow, magical atmosphere of Natchez, find a nice school and family-friendly neighborhood and head into Baton Rouge for your city activities. And you'll be fine
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Old 04-30-2014, 10:53 PM
 
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I am relocating to natchez, but I am scared to death. it's beautiful where were going to live but I am concerned because we are raising a family. There doesn't seem to be anything to offer them. I maybe wrong but I have been doing research and am getting very discouraged. We are coming from a robust large city/suburban area. I guess im not sending them to public schools, I saw that info. Can you send them out of county? I have 4 kids, and won't be able to afford private schools .Is there any type of recreational activities for them to do not related to religious organizations? I know it's going to be a huge adjustment, just trying to get some positive feedback, to be prepared. We have visited, I know the people are very nice. Canfo. for a newbie.
Where are you coming from?
Not much to do outside of outdoor activities and church related gatherings.
I would try to live closer to St. Francisville/Zachary. Zachary has the best schools in the state, about an hour or less from Natchez (light traffic commute too). You'll be around much more activities, better schools, and less of an adjustment. St. Francisville reminds me of a smaller Natchez, old, historic, and very beautiful area with nice elevation changes (to us at least!).
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Also from Natchez, Baton Rouge is about an hour and 20 minutes south which really isn't so bad. Baton Rouge is the home of LSU, so you can take your kids to those raucous LSU football games.

Personally I find Natchez to be one of my favorite places anywhere. The terrain outside town has the most beautiful undulating ridges and ravines amid gorgeous mature hardwood forests. Natchez seems to be right on the line where the environment turns semi-tropical, giving it that lush, movie-like feel with year-round flowers, hanging moss, and the biggest, most draping live oaks you've ever seen. Natchez obviously has some of America's most elegant architecture and a social culture known for its graciousness and many parties and social events. Think New Orleans without the crowding and violence.
I agree, Natchez surprised me with it's topography. Very pretty area. Although nothing like New Orleans, whatsoever. Natchez is like any other small town than an international tourist magnet like New Orleans.
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Old 05-02-2014, 01:16 PM
 
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Franklin County schools are ranked 63rd out of 128 school districts in the state, versus Natchez schools ranked 123rd of 128 districts. Presumably you would have to live in Franklin County for their schools. This is beautiful country but about as rural and lightly populated as you can get. Basically you'd be living in the country and driving into Natchez for work, shopping etc.

You could also look at Vidalia, Louisiana which is visible across the bridge from downtown Natchez, just a couple of minutes away. Their schools are better rated than Natchez also. There are also three private schools in Natchez: Catholic, Episcopal and Christian. Those would be quite nice and probably don't cost anywhere near the cost of private schools in large cities. And they are small, so your children would know virtually everyone and have and endless supply of friends.

One other option that comes to mind is living in Brookhaven and commuting an hour to Natchez for work. West Lincoln schools (the western side of Lincoln County near Brookhaven) are some the very highest ranked schools in the state (some years ranked number 1 in the state even), and Brookhaven is quite lovely, and a little easier drive up to Jackson for more of the suburban activities you are accustomed to (45 minutes north of Brookhaven to Jackson). Brookhaven is similar in size to Natchez but somehow feels much more modern and economically vibrant and up to date.

Also from Natchez, Baton Rouge is about an hour and 20 minutes south which really isn't so bad. Baton Rouge is the home of LSU, so you can take your kids to those raucous LSU football games.

Personally I find Natchez to be one of my favorite places anywhere. The terrain outside town has the most beautiful undulating ridges and ravines amid gorgeous mature hardwood forests. Natchez seems to be right on the line where the environment turns semi-tropical, giving it that lush, movie-like feel with year-round flowers, hanging moss, and the biggest, most draping live oaks you've ever seen. Natchez obviously has some of America's most elegant architecture and a social culture known for its graciousness and many parties and social events. Think New Orleans without the crowding and violence.

For your children, I would assume that children growing up in small towns often have lovely upbringings, complete with sports, neighborhood friends, wonderful warm memories of church, and exploring the countryside (walking, biking, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, or just plain playing out in the yard (year round) until long after the sun goes down. For that matter, your kids could play outside in the neighborhood very safely until late in the evening, coming in covered with mud and grass and exhausted from a happy day playing football, hide and seek or exploring the neighborhood woods.

Based on your reference to concerns about costs, and a seeming suspicion of churches (it sounded like, anyway), you might check out the Catholic schools, which are the most racially diverse and are not evangelical in style, which is more unfamiliar outside the south. So....IMHO...you might just consider embracing the slow, magical atmosphere of Natchez, find a nice school and family-friendly neighborhood and head into Baton Rouge for your city activities. And you'll be fine
I've been looking online at houses in Natchez and scouring the neighborhood via Google Maps. I have to agree that from what I saw the place is astonishingly beautiful. Homes are quite reasonable and seem to be of a much higher quality than what is offered here in much of S. California. That is simply my opinion. I fully realize that I'll have to visit the area and do much driving.

Our friends who live in Laurel, MS say that Natchez is every bit as pretty as you've described it, and that it really has to be seen to be appreciated.

Thank you for your commentaries and description of Natchez!

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Old 05-02-2014, 04:42 PM
 
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Yes, I love it. But then again, I'm biased (happily)! I even like the new parts, of which there aren't very many. But just south of town, just past the grocery store etc, along Hwy 61, there are two or three newer subdivisions (i.e. from the 1960s and 70s roughly...ha!) with Brady Bunch style ranch houses...

And what I like is how the streets curve around the hills and ridges, with the more contemporary style houses perched nicely upon those ridges. I can just envision the decks in their backyards overlooking dense wooded ravines. If memory serves one of those is roughly behind the charming Episcopal school and another across the highway.

Further south along Hwy 61 is the country club, with the large new houses from the 90s and 2000s...very fancy and impressive and I wouldn't blame a doctor or lawyer wanting the convenience of a new house, complete with manicured yards in which every blade of grass is so carefully monitored.

The main down sides of Natchez, I think, is that it's obvious the economy is very slow, other than tourism. The city is....Quiet. It is also evident in the appearance of the aging (albeit few) strip malls along the highway. Also some of the areas to the outside of downtown area, and just to the north side of town, is obviously poor. But blessedly even those areas have a quiet, safe, verdant feel to them.

And, holding our breath..., Natchez is in the path of ....Oil.. The Tuscaloosa oil shale (or something) is right there in the southwest MS region near Natchez, Woodville, and McComb. Just in time.
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Old 05-14-2014, 03:11 PM
 
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Thank you for the replies. My husband inherited a home in one of those above developments mentioned above. Finances aren't to much of a worry as much as getting adjusted to a slower pace, and culture. We currently live in the ny area, so yes this will be a big change for sure! I think the schools are my biggest concerns. I am going to embrace this gift, find as good church, just wanted to know where and how to start?! Can you pay to send the children out of county? I think I am going to look in to that option before private schools. My children have always gone to public schools and I think private may be another big adjustment. Thank you all again for the input!! I reAlly appreciate it!
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Old 05-14-2014, 04:20 PM
 
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Paying to send kids to a school they are not zoned for is likely going to be a no go and there aren't any decent public schools close enough.
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