Introduction to Natchitoches, Louisiana

Natchitoches, Louisiana, in Natchitoches county, is 64 miles SE of Bossier City, Louisiana (center to center) and 193 miles NE of Houston, Texas.

Natchitoches History

The city of Natchitoches is the parish seat in Natchitoches Parish. The city was named after an Indian tribe called Natchitoches, who were the original inhabitants. It was founded in the year 1714 by a French Canadian called Louis Antoine Juchereau de St. Denis. The city is the oldest permanent settlement in the borders of the 1803 Louisiana Purchase. Natchitoches, originally served as a French outpost on the Red River.

Natchitoches and nearby Attractions

  • Old Courthouse Museum
  • Cane River Creole National Historical Park and Heritage Area
  • Los Adaes State Historic Site
  • Kate Chopin House
  • Caney Creek Lake State Park
  • Lake Bistineau State Park

Things To Do In Natchitoches

Tourists can visit the Old Court Museum while staying in the city. The Lake Bistineau State Park is another tourist attraction that offers facilities for camping, fishing, and boating. Tourists can also take a look around the Cane River Creole National Historical Park and Heritage Area, which are of great historic significance.

Natchitoches Transportation

Air transport is available at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.

Natchitoches Higher Education

Higher education is available at Nicholls State University, Louisiana Technical College, and Panola College.


Total Population 18,460
Male Share of the Population 44.8%
Female Share of the Population 55.2%
Senior Citizens 13.3%
Employed Population 16+ 6,522
Age of the Population 28


% of people married 28%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 23.4%
Median Earnings25+ $24,811
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $10,032
Median Earnings With High School Degree $20,622


Median Family Income $35,051
% Above Poverty Level 61.4%
% Below Poverty Level 38.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 13 minutes
% Working from Home 2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.7%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%


People Living Alone 33.8%
Median Gross Rent $594
Median House Value $141,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 63.6%
US/American 0%
English 6.2%
Irish 7.5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Natchitoches Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 64 miles SE of Bossier City, Louisiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 193 miles NE of Houston, Texas
County Natchitoches
Standard Zip Codes 71457
P.O. Box Zip Codes 71458
Company Zip Codes 71497
Phone Area Codes 318
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 31.76
Longitude -93.086

Natchitoches Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 0.9 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 57 F
Apr Temp 53 to 77 F
Jul Temp 74 to 93 F
Oct Temp 54 to 79 F
Annual Precip 54.9 inches
Distance 27.4 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 56 F
Apr Temp 51 to 77 F
Jul Temp 71 to 92 F
Oct Temp 52 to 79 F
Annual Precip 59.3 inches
Distance 28.2 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 56 F
Apr Temp 50 to 76 F
Jul Temp 70 to 93 F
Oct Temp 51 to 78 F
Annual Precip 54.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Natchitoches, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Cypress (71457)

Hagewood (71457)

Irma (71457)

Natch (71458, 71457)

Northwestern (71457)

Nsu (71457)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Campti 862 $16,875
Clarence 358 $37,500
Natchez 486 $26,406
Powhatan 126 $0
Provencal 632 $33,036
Robeline 100 $0

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Natchitoches Public Libraries

Natchitoches Parish Library
Natchitoches, Louisiana
(318) 357-3280

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Natchitoches Hospitals

(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
(318) 352-1200
Emergency Service: Yes

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Natchitoches High Schools

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Serves 1,307 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.2

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Serves 370 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.9

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Serves 135 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.4

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