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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
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WebsiteCity of Natchitoches

Natchitoches (/ˈnækətəʃ/ NAK-ə-təsh; French: Les Natchitoches) is the parish seat of Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United States.[2] it is the most populous municipality in Natchitoches Parish. It was established in 1714 by Louis Juchereau de St. Denis as part of French Louisiana. Established in 1714 by Louis Juchereau de St. Denis as part of French Louisiana, the community was named after the indigenous Natchitoches people.

The City of Natchitoches was not incorporated until after Louisiana had become a state (1812), on February 5, 1819. It is the oldest permanent settlement in the region. Natchitoches' sister city is Nacogdoches, Texas. It is also the location of Northwestern State University.

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