Overview for COLFAX, WA

2,808 people live in COLFAX, where the median age is 46.5 and the average individual income is $30,304. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

46.5 years

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Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.


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Welcome to Colfax

Colfax Homes For Sale

A growing rural farming city among wheat-covered hills

The county seat of Whitman County, Colfax, is a small but welcoming city that offers an idyllic living experience for its residents. Situated between Spokane and Pullman along The Palouse Scenic Byway, Colfax is readily accessible to the major cities of the region. It has beautiful outdoor spaces with nearby parks and recreation areas. Locals enjoy four distinct seasons and a climate that ranges from hot summers to cold winters, allowing for year-round outdoor adventures that make it easy to stay healthy and active, such as hiking or rafting. Home designs are diverse, with predominant styles including colonial, Victorian, and craftsman. 

What to Love

  • Easy access to the area's major cities
  • Plenty of outdoor activities
  • Adorable new boutiques that pop up all the time

Local Lifestyle

Known for its charming local businesses and rural atmosphere, Colfax boasts nearby wineries, historic architecture, and plenty of other offerings. The community vibe is relaxed and friendly, which allows residents to enjoy a slow-paced yet wonderfully rich lifestyle. The surroundings are serene, with rustic old ranch houses and working farms dotting the landscape, providing a warm and inviting atmosphere. On top of all this, the locals are incredibly welcoming, creating an incredible sense of neighborhood camaraderie not found in other places. Colfax truly captures the rural charm of Washington State and its people who thrive in such a comfortable and welcoming environment. 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Colfax offers the perfect balance of dining, entertainment, and shopping for those who venture off the beaten path. Los Amigos has been an iconic fixture of the town for years. Year-round, family and friends can both enjoy lively conversations or some much-needed rest and relaxation when they come here. The enticing smell of tacos and burritos freshly cooked on the grill greets customers as they enter. Not to mention, the customer service is consistently high quality, providing a pleasant experience whether you stay for a few minutes or linger for hours. Family-owned and operated Serfes Foods has been serving delicious handhelds, mini meals, salads, and crepes for years and provides an opportunity for visitors to get an authentic taste of the area. 

Tick Klock Drug is much more than just a drug store. Alongside providing locals with all of their pharmacy needs, the establishment also offers a wide variety of gift items with fun styles and themes. Finally, for those looking for home decor, A Modern Plantsman is a unique, locally-owned nursery that makes dreams come true with plenty of exceptional pieces, from greenery to vases, that are sure to brighten up any home. No matter what one looks for in Colfax, there's something here for everyone.

Things to Do

Colfax is a fantastic place to explore, with plenty of exciting attractions and venues. Among the many things to try in the area, the Palouse Empire Fair draws in new and longtime residents as well as visitors from all over. The fair includes all sorts of exciting activities, such as carnival rides, agricultural demonstrations, and a fun fireworks display at night. 

Mother Joseph Pariseau commissioned the construction of St. Ignatius Hospital in 1893. St. Ignatius operated as the hospital for Whitman County until it was closed in 1968. Today, thanks to local volunteers, St. Ignatius Hospital offers "haunted hospital" group tours, in addition to history excursions and even private investigations. The proceeds go toward maintaining and preserving St. Ignatius Church, and there are only a certain number of dates available, so visitors should be sure to book in advance.

Last but not least, Steptoe Butte State Park is situated in the Colfax area and offers great panoramic views of the region along with a network of fantastic trails for hikers to explore. With so much to do in Colfax, it's no surprise people keep moving here to discover new adventures.


Colfax is served by the Colfax School District. Schools of note include:

Demographics and Employment Data for COLFAX, WA

COLFAX has 1,120 households, with an average household size of 2.43. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in COLFAX do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 2,808 people call COLFAX home. The population density is 743.08 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population


Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.


Median Age

50.07 / 49.93%

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  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree

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Schools in COLFAX, WA

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The following schools are within or nearby COLFAX. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Leonard M Jennings Elementary
K - 6th
7th - 12th

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