City selected as top retirement destination

Published 12:06am Friday, February 8, 2013

NATCHEZ — The City of Natchez has been selected as a top retirement destination by “Where to Retire” magazine.

The city is profiled in the upcoming March/April issue, which will be available nationwide Feb. 19.

Where to Retire Editor Mary Lu Abbott said Natchez possesses qualities important to today’s retirees.

“On the Mississippi River, Natchez offers a slice of living history with more than 500 antebellum homes,” Abbott said. “Drawn to the area by low taxes, mild winters and a heap of Southern hospitality, retirees keep busy with an abundance of volunteer opportunities and a full calendar of cultural offerings.”

Copies of the magazine can be ordered at wheretoretire.com or by calling 713-974-6903.

  • Anonymous

    The people at this magazine must not read the news and obviously did not visit this town for much time. If they had, they would have seen the crime, heard of the poor city management, been cursed by some of the fine, nonworking citizens and seen how the elderly are treated. No elderly retiree should think of Natchez any more than they should think of Detroit or the slums of Atlanta or New Orleans.

  • Anonymous

    After moving here all most 9 years ago we were taken with the beauty of the town, the history, the architecture, the generally mild winters and hopeful prospects for a peaceful place to live during the declining years of a loved one.

    What we experienced was quite different! As declining health set in it was very clear that anything other than the emergency clinic or ER would have to be dealt with in Jackson, Baton Rouge or New Orleans Medical facilities due to lack of specialists.

    If you are a Senior and NOT mobile you have no access to the Senior facility. If you are on Hospice they have NO volunteers for the Caretaker. After calling 114 Churches not one offered assistance to the Caretaker…. (unless you were a member of their church, which of course would mean the caretaker could leave the house). Sheer hypocrisy at its worst!

    On closer look the city has many glaringly boarded up buildings on Main Street, unsightly empty strip malls, lack of employment, high property taxes and properties for sale hovering at 200 for the last 8 years consistently, (currently 188).

    It takes more than historical ambiance to make a town livable IMHO. When my taxes are earmarked for a Recreational facility that does not supply year round jobs in a time of a weak economy, as my taxes keep going up to cover the costs of people moving out, my utilities run winter & summer the cost of some mortgages, grocery shopping is basically limited to two stores these are not positives. Their seemingly are no plans in place to move this town forward by the city fathers other than keeping it rooted in their antebellum past that caters to yearly diminishing tourists.

    On the upside, if you are wealthy use Natchez as a second home and don’t have to live here full time then it’s a perfect retirement pit stop.

  • Anonymous

    FROM MY TRAVLING AROUND DOING MY YOUNGER DAYS, I REALIZE NATCHEZ, MS. WOULD BE THE PLACE I WOULD RETIRE. I DON’T KNOW TO MUCH ABOUT THE BEAUTY BECAUSE THAT’S SOMETHING I’M NOT INTO. ALL OF THE PROGRAMS THE CITY HAS TO OFFER AS YOU GROW OLDER IS OUT STANDING. WHEN YOU GET TO OLD TO DRIVE, SOMEONE WILL DRIVE UP TO YOUR DOOR STEP AND PICK YOU UP AND TAKE YOU TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR BUSINESS AND BRING YOU BACK HOME IN ONE PIECE. I KNOW TO MANY PEOPLE THAT THINK N.A.C. IS A HIGH CRIME COUNTY, I DO UNDERSTAND WHY. THEY HAVEN’T BEEN ANY WHERE TO MAKE ANY OTHER COMPARISON. TO ME, THIS IS ONE QUIET LAYED BACK CITY. IF ANYONE FALLS INTO FINANCIAL TROUBLE IN THERE RETIREMENT, THEY WANT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT MISSING A MEAL. THE CITY WILL ACCOMMODATE. PEOPLE HAVE THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE WHERE THEY WANT TO RETIRE. THERE’S NO TWO RETIREMENT CITY ALIKE, BUT THERE ARE MANY RETIREMENT CITY THAT WILL FIT THE NEEDS YOU ARE LOOKING FOR.

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    You have got to be kidding for they (City & County leaders ) most have paid taxpayers money for this magazine to show Natchez on top for a place to retire. I do know that if you are seriously sick get out of Natchez and go to the doctors or a hospital either go to Jackson, B/R, Alexander!!! Natchez is a first aid stop for all the specialist left 20 or so years ago for better things (money)!! Yea, for as a retired person the taxes are high in Adams county and its a whole lot cheaper living in La. with a great local government that care for their people!! Maybe there will be billboards of Natchez for retired people to move in Natchez!! I know every time I see a new person that bought property in Adams county I tell them thank you for coming to help pay the taxes for its a priviledge to live on this Hill!!!