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Colfax, Washington - Basic Facts

The City of Colfax is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Whitman County at latitude 46.9197 and longitude -117.3119. Whitman County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 1,972 feet.

The formal official name is the City of Colfax, but most people and references simply refer to it as Colfax, Washington.

The P1 Census Class Code for Colfax indicates a populated place that is also an incorporated place with the same name and the same census code. The Incorporated Place has a Functional Status Code "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The formal boundaries for the City of Colfax (see map below) encompass a land area of 3.79 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Colfax: Belleville, Hnch'laqhemn.

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Colfax, WA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 2,768
Population in Households 2,701
Population in Familes 2,145
Population in Group Qrtrs 67
Population Density1 731
Diversity Index2 16


Total Households 1,237
Average Household Size 2.18
Family Households 770
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 1,426 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 820 (57.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 418 (29.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 189 (13.3%)
Median Home Value $160,938
Average Home Value $198,843


Median Household Income $50,342
Average Household Income $61,486
Per Capita Income $27,023
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population -0.31% 0.27%
Households 0.02% 0.39%
Families 1.66% 0.54%
Median Household Income   2.54%
Per Capita Income   2.13%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.


Colfax, WA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Colfax to the other 628 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Washington by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 268 57th
Population Density1 # 355 44th
Diversity Index2 # 591 6th
Median Household Income # 352 44th
Per Capita Income # 275 57th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Washington Census Data Comparison Tool.