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

While we don't have a date for the founding of Cottonwood, you might get a feel for it by knowing that during our research the earliest mention that we found (so far) was in a book dated 1895.

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).

Cottonwood is 3,310 feet [1,009 m] above sea level.<4> In other words, the elevation 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

The area code for Cottonwood: (928)

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 (or 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 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 (which had 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
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the southwest)
  • Camp Verde
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the southeast)
  • Sedona
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the northeast)
  • Dewey - Humboldt
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the southwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dewey - Humboldt
    • Dewey - Humboldt is located in Yavapai County
    • Estimated population in 2015: 3,988 people
  • Cornville
    (5 miles [8 km] to the east)
  • Jerome
    (5 miles [8 km] to the west)
  • Cherry
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the south)
  • McGuireville
    (12 miles [19.3 km] to the southeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for McGuireville
    • McGuireville is located in Yavapai County
  • Big Park
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the east)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Big Park have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Big Park
    • Big Park is located in Yavapai County
  • Oak Creek
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the east)

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.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Cottonwood was in the book titled Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Cottonwood.

The official website for Cottonwood:

The official website for Yavapai County:

The official website for State of Arizona:

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>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<7>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 found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.


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