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The city of Colfax is located in Whitman County<1> and is the County Seat for Whitman County.

Colfax was established in 1873.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Colfax has a population of 2,874 people<2> (see below for details).

The community of Colfax is 2,070 feet [631 m] above sea level.<3>.

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

Colfax is located in the (509) area code.

The ZIP code for Colfax: 99111<4>

Websites for Colfax ...

Official Website:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Colfax had an population of 2,874 people. This is an increase of 2.46% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 1.05% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Colfax had a population of 2,805 people (which is 6.26% of the total population of Whitman County). This makes Colfax the county's 2nd most populous community.

The population of Colfax represents 0.04% of the population of Washington (which has 6,724,540 people), making it the state's 143rd most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 2,805 people, the population of Colfax decreased 1.37% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 2,844 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, California, 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, 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.

  • Pullman
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the southeast)
  • Palouse
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the east)
  • Garfield
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the northeast)
  • Albion
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the southeast)
  • Saint John
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the northwest)
  • Oakesdale
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the north)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oakesdale
    • Oakesdale is located in Whitman County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 425 people
  • Endicott
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the west)
  • Glenwood
    (4 miles [6.4 km] to the northeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Glenwood have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Glenwood
    • Glenwood is located in Whitman County
  • Shawnee
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the southeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Shawnee have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Shawnee
    • Shawnee is located in Whitman County
  • Steptoe
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the north)

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 10 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 document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<7>

From that list, the Colfax post office opened in 1872.

We also found Colfax in the book titled Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Colfax.

The official website for Colfax:

The official website for Whitman County:

The official website for State of Washington:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Washington's counties, including Whitman, 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.
<7>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:


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