|Coordinates: 50°16′N 18°42′E|
|• Mayor||Grażyna Dziedzic|
|• City||77.73 km2 (30.01 sq mi)|
|• Density||1,800/km2 (4,700/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Postal code||41-700 to 41-718|
|Area code(s)||+48 32|
|Car plates||SRS, SL|
Ruda Śląska German Ruda in Oberschlesien) is a city in Silesia in southern Poland, near Katowice. It is a district in the Upper Silesian Metropolitan Union, a metropolis with a population of 2 million. It is located in theSilesian Highlands, on the Kłodnica river (tributary of the Oder).
It has been part of the Silesian Voivodeship since its formation in 1999. Previously, it was in Katowice Voivodeship, and before then, part of the Autonomous Silesian Voivodeship. Ruda Śląska is one of the cities in the Katowice urban area(population 2.7 million) and within the greater Silesian metropolitan area (population 5,294,000). The population of the city is 143,583 (June 2009).