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City of Natchitoches
Official seal of Natchitoches, Louisiana
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Location of Natchitoches in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Natchitoches in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana.
Coordinates: 31°41′35″N 93°05′42″W / 31.69306°N 93.09500°W / 31.69306; -93.09500Coordinates: 31°41′35″N 93°05′42″W / 31.69306°N 93.09500°W / 31.69306; -93.09500
Country United States
States Louisiana
ParishNatchitoches
Settled1714
Incorporated as a townFebruary 5, 1819
Government
 • TypeMayor-Council
 • BodyCity Council
 • MayorRonnie Williams, Jr.
Area
 • Total26.42 sq mi (68.43 km2)
 • Land22.73 sq mi (58.87 km2)
 • Water3.69 sq mi (9.56 km2)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total18,323
 • Estimate 
(2019)
17,485
 • Density805.94/sq mi (311.18/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
71457
InterstateI-49.svg
Louisiana HighwaysLouisiana 1.svg Louisiana 6.svg
WebsiteCity of Natchitoches

Natchitoches (/ˈnækətəʃ/ NAK-ə-təsh; French: Les Natchitoches) is the parish seat of Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United States.[2] It was established in 1714 by Louis Juchereau de St. Denis as part of French Louisiana. It was named after the Natchitoches Indian tribe. The City of Natchitoches was first incorporated on February 5, 1819. It is the oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase. Natchitoches's sister city is Nacogdoches, Texas.

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