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Colfax, Washington - Basic Facts

The City of Colfax had a population of 2,913 as of July 1, 2017. Colfax ranks in the lower quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Washington. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Colfax is located at latitude 46.9197 and longitude -117.3119 in Whitman County. 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. Whitman County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 1,972 feet.

The City of Colfax (GNIS ID: 2410191) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Washington is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Colfax is located within Colfax-Palouse Division of Whitman County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Colfax population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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

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Colfax, WA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 2,913
Daytime Population: Workers 2,999
Daytime Population: Residents 1,650
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 4,649
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.60
Population in Households 2,846
Population in Familes 2,237
Population in Group Qrtrs 67
Population Density2 769
Diversity Index3 18


Median Household Income $52,451
Average Household Income $67,409
Per Capita Income $29,655


Total Housing Units 1,458 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 845 (58.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 450 (30.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 164 (11.2%)
Median Home Value $159,586
Average Home Value $192,899


Total Households 1,294
Average Household Size 2.2
Family Households 795
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.52% 0.82%
Households 0.63% 0.85%
Families 1.42% 0.82%
Median Household Income   3.95%
Per Capita Income   3.59%

Colfax, WA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Colfax to the other 627 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Washington by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 262 58th
Population Density # 344 45th
Diversity Index # 589 6th
Median Household Income # 377 40th
Per Capita Income # 282 55th

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