Introduction to Williamsburg, Kentucky

Williamsburg, Kentucky, in Whitley county, is 55 miles N of Knoxville, Tennessee (center to center) and 87 miles S of Lexington, Kentucky. There are an estimated 5,143 people in the city.

Williamsburg History

Formerly, Williamsburg was recognized as Spring Ford after a ford that crossed the Cumberland River. Officially, the city was formed in 1818. Samuel Cox donated the land for constructing the courthouse. Williamsburg was named honoring Col. William Whitley, an Indian fighter.

Williamsburg and nearby Attractions

  • Bill Woods Park
  • Henkelmann's Wildlife Museum
  • Kentucky Splash Water Park
  • Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area
  • Mountain Life Museum

Things To Do In Williamsburg

Cumberland Falls State Park and the Bill Woods Park are popular tourist destinations. The city residents love to be at the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. When in Williamsburg, one cannot afford to miss the fun at the Kentucky Splash Water Park. Other notable places to visit include the Mountain Life Museum and Henkelmann's Wildlife Museum. Every year, Williamsburg hosts Whitley County Fair during the month of July.

Williamsburg Transportation

Mc Ghee Tyson Airport is the nearest airport.

Williamsburg Higher Education

Cumberland College is located in the city. Apart from this, other higher education institutes that one can attend include the University of Tennessee, Pellissippi State Technical Community College, Roane State Community College, and Carson - Newman College.


Total Population 5,260
Male Share of the Population 45.9%
Female Share of the Population 54.1%
Senior Citizens 15.7%
Employed Population 16+ 2,016
Age of the Population 34


% of people married 32.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 32.9%
Median Earnings25+ $26,618
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $5,524
Median Earnings With High School Degree $20,972


Median Family Income $42,625
% Above Poverty Level 79.9%
% Below Poverty Level 20.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 13 minutes
% Working from Home 3.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 20.7%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%


People Living Alone 36.1%
Median Gross Rent $550
Median House Value $80,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 21.7%
US/American 0%
English 9.6%
Irish 14.4%

Williamsburg Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 55 miles N of Knoxville, Tennessee (center to center)
Nearest Large City 87 miles S of Lexington, Kentucky
County Whitley
Standard Zip Codes 40769
Phone Area Codes 606
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.743
Longitude -84.159

Williamsburg Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 0.9 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 44 F
Apr Temp 41 to 68 F
Jul Temp 64 to 85 F
Oct Temp 43 to 68 F
Annual Precip 50.8 inches
Station STEARNS 2 S
Distance 18.7 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 44 F
Apr Temp 39 to 68 F
Jul Temp 62 to 86 F
Oct Temp 41 to 69 F
Annual Precip 50.9 inches
Distance 33.9 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 44 F
Apr Temp 38 to 68 F
Jul Temp 63 to 86 F
Oct Temp 40 to 70 F
Annual Precip 50.8 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Williamsburg, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Cumberland College (40769)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Barbourville 3,176 $30,657
Corbin 7,051 $43,980

Williamsburg Public Libraries

Whitley County Public Library
Williamsburg, Kentucky
(606) 549-0818
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Student/teacher ratio: 17.1

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Student/teacher ratio: 13.4

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