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The city of Colfax is located in Placer County<1>.

While we don't have a date for the founding of Colfax, you might get a feel for it by knowing that during our research the earliest mention that we found (so far) was in a book dated 1895.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Colfax has a population of 2,006 people<2> (see below for details).

Colfax is 2,400 feet [732 m] above sea level.<3> In other words, the altitude of Colfax is about ½ mile above sea level.

Time Zone: Colfax lies in the Pacific Time Zone (PST/PDT) and observes daylight saving time

The telephone area code for Colfax: (530)

The ZIP code for Colfax: 95713<4>

Websites for Colfax ...

Official Website:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Colfax had an population of 2,006 people. This is an increase of 2.19% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 34.09% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Colfax had a population of 1,963 people. This makes Colfax the county's 6th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 1,963 people, the population of Colfax increased 31.22% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 1,496 people).

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

Communities Also Named Colfax ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 32 communities that are also named Colfax - they are located in Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia (2), Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas (7), Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan (3), Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania (2), Saskatchewan, Texas, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

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

Communities near Colfax ...

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

  • Auburn
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the southwest)
  • Grass Valley
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the northwest)
  • Nevada City
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the north)
  • Iowa Hill
    (4 miles [6.4 km] to the east)
  • Weimar
    (4 miles [6.4 km] to the south)
  • Secret Town
    (5 miles [8 km] to the northeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Secret Town have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Secret Town
    • Secret Town is located in Placer County
  • Alta Sierra
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the northwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Alta Sierra have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alta Sierra
    • Alta Sierra is located in Nevada County
  • Lake of the Pines
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the southwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lake of the Pines have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lake of the Pines
    • Lake of the Pines is located in Nevada County
  • Yankee Jims
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the southeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Yankee Jims have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Yankee Jims
    • Yankee Jims is located in Placer County
  • Applegate
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the south)

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

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

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Colfax. Our list includes 9 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Colfax.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Colfax ...

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

Adding Colfax to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Colfax in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Colfax was in the book titled Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Colfax on a map titled Map of the Lincoln Highway (1915-1916).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Colfax.

The official website for Colfax:

The official website for Placer County:

The official website for State of California:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of California's counties, including Placer, 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 Colfax.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Colfax - 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 Colfax). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Colfax or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<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 found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.


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