Thirty-one percent of the Natchez population resides in poverty, and only 20 percent have health insurance.
Natchez, the birthplace of Mississippi, is federally designated as a Preserve America Community. Located in Adams County, it is the oldest town on the Mississippi River and is named for the Natchez Indians, its first inhabitants. In 1716, the French colonized Natchez. Today, Natchez is home to a growing tourism industry that attracts approximately 700,000 tourists annually. In 2013, tourists spent $106,686,106 in Adams County. The tourism industry accounts for nearly 20 percent of local employment. The County also has the eighth largest hotel industry in the state.