Williams, California

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City of Williams
City
Entrance arch to Williams.
Entrance arch to Williams.
Location in Colusa County and the state of California
Location in Colusa County and the state of California
Coordinates: 39°09′17″N 122°08′58″W / 39.15472°N 122.14944°W / 39.15472; -122.14944Coordinates: 39°09′17″N 122°08′58″W / 39.15472°N 122.14944°W / 39.15472; -122.14944
Country United States
State  California
County Colusa
Incorporated May 17, 1920[1]
Area[2]
 • Total 5.444 sq mi (14.101 km2)
 • Land 5.444 sq mi (14.101 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)  0%
Elevation 82 ft (25 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 5,123
 • Density 940/sq mi (360/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 95987
Area code(s) 530
FIPS code 06-85586
GNIS feature IDs 1652653, 2412268
Website www.cityofwilliams.org

Williams (formerly, Central) is a city in Colusa County, California, United States. The population was 5,123 at the 2010 census, up from 3,670 at the 2000 census. It is a traveler's city with many fast food restaurants, motels, and gas stations. It's a city like Santa Nella, or its Glenn County counterparts to the north.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.4 square miles (14 km2), all of it land.

History[edit]

The postal service established a post office at Central in 1874. The town and post office were renamed in 1876, in honor of W.H. Williams, who platted the townsite. The city of Williams was incorporated in 1920.[3]

Demographics[edit]

2010[edit]

The 2010 United States Census[4] reported that Williams had a population of 5,123. The population density was 941.0 people per square mile (363.3/km²). The racial makeup of Williams was 2,785 (54.4%) White, 59 (1.2%) African American, 55 (1.1%) Native American, 94 (1.8%) Asian, 4 (0.1%) Pacific Islander, 1,946 (38.0%) from other races, and 180 (3.5%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3,891 persons (76.0%).

The Census reported that 5,014 people (97.9% of the population) lived in households, 23 (0.4%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 86 (1.7%) were institutionalized.

There were 1,369 households, out of which 782 (57.1%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 892 (65.2%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 140 (10.2%) had a female householder with no husband present, 98 (7.2%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 73 (5.3%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 7 (0.5%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 185 households (13.5%) were made up of individuals and 73 (5.3%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.66. There were 1,130 families (82.5% of all households); the average family size was 4.04.

The population was spread out with 1,701 people (33.2%) under the age of 18, 588 people (11.5%) aged 18 to 24, 1,442 people (28.1%) aged 25 to 44, 965 people (18.8%) aged 45 to 64, and 427 people (8.3%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28.3 years. For every 100 females there were 108.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.9 males.

There were 1,487 housing units at an average density of 273.1 per square mile (105.5/km²), of which 832 (60.8%) were owner-occupied, and 537 (39.2%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 3.8%; the rental vacancy rate was 4.4%. 3,011 people (58.8% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 2,003 people (39.1%) lived in rental housing units.

2000[edit]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 3,670 people, 924 households, and 745 families residing in the city. The population density was 674.3 people per square mile (260.5/km²). There were 968 housing units at an average density of 177.8/sq mi (68.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 45.45% White, 0.49% Black or African American, 1.14% Native American, 1.14% Asian, 45.50% from other races, and 6.27% from two or more races. 71.20% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 924 households out of which 51.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.2% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.3% were non-families. 16.9% of all households were made up of single individuals and 8.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.70 and the average family size was 4.18.

In the city the population was spread out with 34.6% under the age of 18, 12.9% from 18 to 24, 28.0% from 25 to 44, 15.4% from 45 to 64, and 9.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 27 years. For every 100 females there were 106.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 105.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $32,042, and the median income for a family was $36,389. Males had a median income of $29,625 versus $20,000 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,010. About 15.5% of families and 19.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.1% of those under age 18 and 15.1% of those age 65 or over.

Politics[edit]

In the state legislature, Williams is in the 4th Senate District, represented by Republican Jim Nielsen,[6] and the 4th Assembly District, represented by Democrat Mariko Yamada.[7] Federally, Williams is in California's 3rd congressional district, represented by Democrat John Garamendi.[8]

Climate[edit]

The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Csa". (MediterraneanClimate).[9]

Climate data for Williams
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 54
(12)
61
(16)
66
(19)
73
(23)
82
(28)
91
(33)
97
(36)
95
(35)
89
(32)
79
(26)
65
(18)
55
(13)
75.6
(24.3)
Average low °C (°F) 31
(−1)
39
(4)
41
(5)
45
(7)
52
(11)
58
(14)
60
(16)
58
(14)
55
(13)
48
(9)
41
(5)
36
(2)
47
(8.3)
Precipitation mm (inches) 3.1
(79)
2.6
(66)
2.0
(51)
0.9
(23)
0.4
(10)
0.2
(5)
0
(0)
0.1
(3)
0.4
(10)
0.8
(20)
2.1
(53)
2.8
(71)
15.3
(389)
Avg. precipitation days 8 7 7 4 2 1 0 0 1 3 6 8 47
Source: Weatherbase [10]

Granzella's restaurant[edit]

On October 11, 2007, Granzella's restaurant burnt down to the ground. It was Colusa County's second largest employer. It opened in 1976 and has been a great stop for travelers, local & international, for 30 years. On July 21, 2008, Granzella's reopened.[11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "California Cities by Incorporation Date" (Word). California Association of Local Agency Formation Commissions. Retrieved March 27, 2013. 
  2. ^ U.S. Census
  3. ^ Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Quill Driver Books. p. 577. ISBN 9781884995149. 
  4. ^ "2010 Census Interactive Population Search: CA - Williams city". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "Senators". State of California. Retrieved March 21, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Members Assembly". State of California. Retrieved March 21, 2013. 
  8. ^ "California's 3rd Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved March 1, 2013. 
  9. ^ Climate Summary for Williams, CA
  10. ^ "Weatherbase.com". Weatherbase. 2013.  Retrieved on June 5, 2013.
  11. ^ "I-5 icon Granzella's reopens after fire", retrieved July 21, 2008.

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