Williams (formerly Central) is a city in Colusa County, California, United States. The population was 5,643 at the 2010 census, up from 3,670 at the 2000 census. 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.According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.4 square miles (14 km2), all of it land. At the 2010 census 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%).
In the state legislature, Williams is in the 4th Senate District, represented by Republican Jim Nielsen, and the 4th Assembly District, represented by Democrat Cecilia Aguiar-Curry. Federally, Williams is in California’s 3rd congressional district, represented by Democrat John Garamendi.The current mayor of Williams is Alfred Sellers Jr. and the current city administrator is Frank Kennedy.California’s longest-serving governor, Jerry Brown, has repeatedly said that once he leaves office he will want to retire to a home that he would build on his family’s ancestral Schuckman Ranch, in the foothills west of Williams.
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