Williams, Iowa

According to Topbbacolleges, Williams, Iowa is a small city located in Hamilton County, Iowa. With a population of just over 1,200 people, it is the smallest town in the county. The town was founded in 1856 and has been growing ever since. It is home to a variety of businesses and services, including restaurants, shops, banks, churches and schools. Williams also boasts a great deal of recreational opportunities such as fishing and hunting in nearby lakes and rivers or camping at one of the many nearby campgrounds.

The city of Williams is served by two school districts; the South Hamilton Community School District and the Northeast Hamilton Community School District. These two districts provide educational opportunities for children from kindergarten through 12th grade. Additionally, there are several private schools located within the city limits that provide quality education for students as well as extracurricular activities such as sports teams and clubs.

According to Whicheverhealth, Williams is home to several parks that offer outdoor activities for residents such as picnicking, biking trails, playgrounds and camping sites. There are also plenty of places to enjoy nature such as nearby lakes where visitors can go fishing or boating.

The city hosts several annual events throughout the year that bring people from all over the area together to celebrate different holidays or milestones in Williams’ history. For example, every summer there is an annual Fourth of July celebration that includes fireworks displays and other entertainment activities like live music performances or carnival rides for kids to enjoy.

Williams’ economy relies heavily on agriculture with many local farmers producing crops such as corn, soybeans and wheat along with livestock production like beef cattle or hogs which also helps support local businesses in town like feed stores or equipment dealerships which help keep local farmers up to date with their farming needs.

Overall Williams has much to offer its residents from educational opportunities to recreational activities while still maintaining its small-town charm. The friendly atmosphere makes it easy for newcomers to fit right into this close-knit community while still experiencing all that Williams has to offer making it an ideal place for families looking for a place to call.

Population: 427. Estimated population in July 2020: 411 (-3.7% change)
Males: 214 (50.1%), Females: 213 (49.9%)

Hamilton County

Zip code: 50271

Median resident age: 38.7 years
Median household income: $36,250
Median house value: $54,500

Races in Williams:

  • White Non-Hispanic (97.4%)
  • Hispanic (2.6%)
  • Other race (1.6%)

Ancestries: German (36.3%), Norwegian (13.8%), Irish (13.1%), English (9.6%), Dutch (4.7%), Swedish (4.4%).

Elevation: 1205 feet

Land area: 0.9 square miles

Williams, Iowa


For population 25 years and over in Williams

  • High school or higher: 88.8%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 10.5%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 0.0%
  • Unemployed: 0.4%
  • Mean travel time to work: 18.9 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Williams city

  • Never married: 19.6%
  • Now married: 63.1%
  • Separated: 2.2%
  • Widowed: 9.1%
  • Divorced: 6.1%

1.9% Foreign born

Population change in the 1990s: +70 (+19.6%).


Hospitals/medical centers near Williams:



Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Williams:

  • FORT DODGE REGIONAL (about 45 miles; FORT DODGE, IA; Abbreviation: FOD)
  • MASON CITY MUNI (about 49 miles; MASON CITY, IA; Abbreviation: MCW)
  • DES MOINES INTL (about 66 miles; DES MOINES, IA; Abbreviation: DSM)

Other public-use airports nearest to Williams:

  • DRAKE (about 16 miles; RADCLIFFE, IA; Abbreviation: 2Y1)
  • IOWA FALLS MUNI (about 20 miles; IOWA FALLS, IA; Abbreviation: IFA)
  • CLARION MUNI (about 23 miles; CLARION, IA; Abbreviation: CAV)

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Williams:

  • IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY (about 32 miles; AMES, IA; Full-time enrollment: 24,473)
  • IOWA CENTRAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 45 miles; FT DODGE, IA; Full-time enrollment: 2,807)
  • NORTH IOWA AREA COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 52 miles; MASON CITY, IA; Full-time enrollment: 2,161)
  • DES MOINES COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 53 miles; ANKENY, IA; Full-time enrollment: 6,959)
  • DRAKE UNIVERSITY (about 62 miles; DES MOINES, IA; Full-time enrollment: 4,227)
  • HAWKEYE COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 82 miles; WATERLOO, IA; Full-time enrollment: 3,292)
  • UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA (about 86 miles; CEDAR FALLS, IA; Full-time enrollment: 12,524)


Library in Williams:

  • WILLIAMS PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $25,419; Location: 216 MAIN STREET,BOX 36; 8,825 books; 222 audio materials; 391 video materials; 40 serial subscriptions)