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Welcome to Oakesdale ...

The town of Oakesdale is located in Whitman County<1>.

While we don't have a date for the founding of Oakesdale, you might consider that their post office opened  in 1887.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Oakesdale has a population of 439 people<2> (see below for details).

Oakesdale is 2,480 feet [756 m] above sea level.<3> In other words, the altitude of Oakesdale is about ½ mile above sea level.

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

Oakesdale lies within the (509) area code.

The ZIP code for Oakesdale: 99158<4>

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Oakesdale had an population of 439 people. This is an increase of 4.03% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 4.52% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Oakesdale had a population of 422 people. This makes Oakesdale the county's 9th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 422 people, the population of Oakesdale has remained roughly the same as the 2000 Census (which had a count of 420 people).

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

Communities near Oakesdale ...

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

  • Colfax
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the south)
  • Palouse
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the southeast)
  • Tekoa
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the northeast)
  • Fairfield
    (18 miles [29 km] to the north)
  • Garfield
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the southeast)
  • Saint John
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the west)
  • Rosalia
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the northwest)
  • Malden
    (12 miles [19.3 km] to the northwest)
  • Latah
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the north)
  • Farmington
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the east)

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

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

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Oakesdale. Our list includes 6 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Oakesdale.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Oakesdale ...

Looking for more information about Oakesdale? 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.

While we are unaware of a Tourism page that is specific to Oakesdale, there are neighboring communities that do have Tourism pages. A map of those communities can be found with our TripAdvisor Page for Oakesdale.

Adding Oakesdale to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Oakesdale 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 Oakesdale was in the document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<6>

From that list, the Oakesdale post office opened in 1887.

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

For more details, see References and Mentions for Oakesdale.

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Oakesdale. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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 Oakesdale.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Oakesdale - 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 town (such as Oakesdale). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Oakesdale 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>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:


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