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Payson, Arizona

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Welcome to Payson ...

The town of Payson is located in Gila County<1>.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Payson has a population of 15,825 people<2> (see below for details).

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

Payson is 5,000 feet [1,524 m] above sea level.<3> In other words, the elevation of Payson is about 1 mile [or ~1½ km] above sea level.

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

Payson is within the (928) area code.

The ZIP codes for Payson: 85541, 85547<4>

Websites for Payson ...

Official Website:

Chamber of Commerce:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Payson had an population of 15,825 people. This is an increase of 3.42% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 16.19% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Payson had a population of 15,301 people (or 28.55% of the total population of Gila County). This makes Payson the county's most populous community.

The population of Payson represents 0.24% of the total population of Arizona (which has 6,392,017 people), making it the state's 36th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 15,301 people, the population of Payson increased 12.34% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 13,620 people).

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

Communities Also Named Payson ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 3 communities that are also named Payson - they are located in Illinois, Oklahoma and Utah.

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

Communities near Payson ...

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

  • Oxbow Estates (4 miles [6.4 km] to the south)
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    • Oxbow Estates lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<5> to the south of Payson and is located in Gila County
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  • Flowing Springs (5 miles [8 km] to the north)
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    • Flowing Springs lies 5 miles [8 km]<5> to the north of Payson and is located in Gila County
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  • Freedom Acres (5 miles [8 km] to the north)
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    • Freedom Acres lies 5 miles [8 km]<5> to the north of Payson and is located in Gila County
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  • Geronimo Estates (8 miles [12.9 km] to the north)
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    • Geronimo Estates lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<5> to the north of Payson and is located in Gila County
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  • Gisela (9 miles [14.5 km] to the south)
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    • Gisela lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<5> to the south of Payson and is located in Gila County
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gisela have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Rye (9 miles [14.5 km] to the south)
  • Whispering Pines (9 miles [14.5 km] to the north)
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    • Whispering Pines lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<5> to the north of Payson and is located in Gila County
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  • Tonto Village (11 miles [17.7 km] to the northeast)
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    • Tonto Village lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<5> to the northeast of Payson and is located in Gila County
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  • Deer Creek (12 miles [19.3 km] to the south)
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    • Deer Creek lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<5> to the south of Payson and is located in Gila County
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  • Pine (12 miles [19.3 km] to the northwest)

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 Payson. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Payson.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Payson. 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 Payson.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Payson. Our list includes 24 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Payson.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Payson ...

Looking for more information about Payson? 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 Payson, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Payson.

Adding Payson to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Payson 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 Payson was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Payson on a map titled Rand McNally Map of Arizona and New Mexico (1925).

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

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Mentions & References for Payson

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Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Arizona's counties, including Gila, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Payson.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Payson - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>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 town (such as Payson). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Payson or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Payson) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Payson. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from PaysonOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Payson. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.2406, Longitude: -111.3230    
<6>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.
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






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