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Cottonwood, Arizona
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Welcome to Cottonwood ...

The city of Cottonwood is located in Yavapai County<1>.

When the people of Cottonwood refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Cottonwoodite<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Cottonwood has a population of 12,321 people<3> (see below for details).

We don't have a date for the establishment of Cottonwood.

Cottonwood is 3,310 feet [1,009 m] above sea level.<4> In other words, the altitude of Cottonwood is about ¾ mile [or 1 km] above sea level.

Time Zone: Cottonwood lies in the Mountain Standard Time Zone (MST) and does not observe daylight saving time

Cottonwood is within the (928) area code.

The ZIP code for Cottonwood: 86326<5>

Websites for Cottonwood ...

Official Website:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Cottonwood had an population of 12,321 people. This is an increase of 9.37% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 34.23% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Cottonwood had a population of 11,265 people (which is 5.34% of the total population of Yavapai County). This makes Cottonwood the county's 3rd most populous community.

The population of Cottonwood represents 0.18% of the total population of Arizona (which has 6,392,017 people), making it the state's 40th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 11,265 people, the population of Cottonwood increased 22.73% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 9,179 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Cottonwood.

Communities Also Named Cottonwood ...

While we believe that this Cottonwood is located in Yavapai County, we know of another 3 Arizona communities named Cottonwood. Those communities are located in the following counties: Apache, Cochise and Pinal County.

Beyond Arizona, there are 47 communities that are also named Cottonwood - they are located in Alabama (3), Alaska, British Columbia, California (3), Colorado (3), Georgia, Idaho (2), Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana (2), Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada (3), New Mexico (3), Oklahoma (2), South Dakota, Texas (10), Utah (3) and Wisconsin.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Cottonwood.

Communities near Cottonwood ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Cottonwood.

  • Prescott Valley [Yavapai County]
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    • Prescott Valley [Yavapai County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<6> to the southwest of Cottonwood
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 47,901 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Prescott Valley
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Prescott Valley<7>
  • Camp Verde [Yavapai County]
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    • Camp Verde [Yavapai County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<6> to the southeast of Cottonwood
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 11,259 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Camp Verde
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Camp Verde<7>
  • Sedona [Yavapai County]
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    • Sedona [Yavapai County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<6> to the northeast of Cottonwood
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 10,328 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sedona
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sedona<7>
  • Dewey - Humboldt [Yavapai County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dewey - Humboldt
    • Dewey - Humboldt [Yavapai County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<6> to the southwest of Cottonwood
    • Estimated population in 2015: 3,988 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dewey - Humboldt
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Cornville [Yavapai County]
    • Jerome [Yavapai County]
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      • Jerome [Yavapai County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<6> to the west of Cottonwood
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 459 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jerome
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Jerome<7>
    • Cherry [Yavapai County]
    • McGuireville [Yavapai County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for McGuireville
      • McGuireville [Yavapai County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<6> to the southeast of Cottonwood
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    • Big Park [Yavapai County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Big Park
      • Big Park [Yavapai County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<6> to the east of Cottonwood
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Big Park have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Big Park
    • Oak Creek [Yavapai County]

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Cottonwood. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Cottonwood.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Cottonwood. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Cottonwood.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Cottonwood. Our list includes 9 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Cottonwood.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Cottonwood ...

Looking for more information about Cottonwood? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Cottonwood, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Cottonwood.

Adding Cottonwood to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Cottonwood in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Cottonwood was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Cottonwood on our Genealogy Page.

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Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Arizona's counties, including Yavapai, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Cottonwood refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Cottonwood may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Cottonwood.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Cottonwood - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Cottonwood). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Cottonwood or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Cottonwood) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Cottonwood. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from CottonwoodOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Cottonwood. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.7395, Longitude: -112.0098    
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<8>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.






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