Natchitoches is an economic hub for the entire parish of the same name.In 1998, Natchitoches was named one of the top six places in the United States to retire by .They handle over 6 species of fish and other wildlife.The city has to do little to promote its tourism industry, which brings a host of business during the holiday seasons of Christmas and New Year's.The Natchitoches Christmas Festival is a well known celebration of the holidays for locals.Since completion of Interstate 49, many business have either moved or have been built outside the city's central area.Gas stations and hotels have developed in this area and serve many of the Natchitoches Christmas Festival visitors.Pecans are a staple of the area with a 400-acre (1.6 km) pecan orchard located on the old Little Eva Plantation.
The population density was 828.5 people per square mile (319.9/km²).
The pilot was unable to climb over a pecan tree, possibly due to a fatal heart attack since he had excellent visibility.
In 2005, the cartoonist and historian Pap Dean published , a study of the history, people, and attractions of the historic city, considered the first or second oldest in the state, with Harrisonburg, the seat of Catahoula Parish, being the other original settlement..
The Port of Natchitoches—a river port on the Red River--is located off of the east bound part of U. The Natchitoches Regional Airport serves cities (via FBO) such as Baton Rouge, Dallas, Houston, Little Rock, New Orleans, Monroe, and Shreveport.
It is also adjacent to Northwestern State University; together they offer state-of-the-art flight training.