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Williams, Arizona

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Welcome to Williams ...

The city of Williams is located in Coconino County<1>.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Williams has a population of 3,263 people<2> (see below for details).

Williams was founded in 1881 and was incorporated July 9, 1901.

The origin (or the toponymy) of Williams: Named for William Sherley Williams (1787-1849), best known as "Old Bill Williams" - trapper, scout and mountain man. He also served with the Mississippi Mounted Rangers during the War of 1812.

The community of Williams is 6,900 feet [2,103 m] above sea level.<3> In other words, the altitude of Williams is about 1¼ mile [or ~2¼ km] above sea level.

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

The telephone area code for Williams: (928)

The ZIP code for Williams: 86046<4>

Websites for Williams ...

Official Website:

Chamber of Commerce:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Williams had an population of 3,263 people. This is an increase of 7.94% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 14.81% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Williams had a population of 3,023 people. This makes Williams the county's 3rd most populous community.

The population of Williams represents 0.05% of the total population of Arizona (which has 6,392,017 people), making it the state's 73rd most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 3,023 people, the population of Williams increased 6.37% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 2,842 people).

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

Communities Also Named Williams ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 61 communities that are also named Williams - they are located in Alabama (3), Arkansas, California (3), Florida, Georgia (3), Indiana (4), Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky (4), Louisiana (2), Maine, Manitoba, Maryland, Michigan (3), Minnesota, Mississippi (2), Montana (2), Nebraska, New Jersey, Newfoundland and Labrador, North Carolina (3), Ohio, Oklahoma (2), Oregon, Pennsylvania (4), South Carolina, Tennessee (2), Texas (5), Utah (2), Virginia (2) and West Virginia.

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

Communities near Williams ...

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

  • Corva [Coconino County] - Historic
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    • Corva [Coconino County] was located 9 miles [14.5 km]<5> to the west of Williams
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Corva have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Parks [Coconino County]
  • Ash Fork [Yavapai County]
  • Bellemont [Coconino County]
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    • Drake [Yavapai County]
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      • Drake [Yavapai County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<5> to the southwest of Williams
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    • Puntenney [Yavapai County] - Historic
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      • Puntenney [Yavapai County] was located 22 miles [35.4 km]<5> to the southwest of Williams
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Puntenney. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<8>
    • Valle [Coconino County]
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      • Valle [Coconino County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<5> to the north of Williams
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    • Kachina Village [Coconino County]
    • Paulden [Yavapai County]
    • Flagstaff [Coconino County]
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      • Flagstaff [Coconino County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<5> to the east of Williams
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 73,939 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Flagstaff
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Flagstaff<7>

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

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

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Williams. Our list includes 7 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Williams.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Williams ...

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

Adding Williams to Our Gazetteer ...

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

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

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

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Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Arizona's counties, including Coconino, 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 Williams.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Williams - 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 city (such as Williams). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Williams 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' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Williams) 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 Williams. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from WilliamsOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Williams. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.2511, Longitude: -112.1887    
<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.
<8>An 'estimated' location is one where we have been given GPS coordinates, but are unable to verify the accuracy of those coordinates. That said, we have some confidence that we have placed the marker near the actual location. A typical reason for being unable to verify a location is that it might be on private property or maybe historic and gone without an obvious trace.






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