Colfax, located on the Palouse River in Southeastern Washington, is the seat of Whitman County. Whitman is a primarily agricultural county, and the predominant crop grown is wheat, farmed without irrigation across the region's rolling hills. Among Washington's 39 counties, Whitman ranks first in wheat production, and ranks second in wheat production by county nationwide. Whitman County also leads the nation in the production of edible dry peas, barley, and lentils, leads the state in hog and pig production, and also produces significant quantities of Kentucky bluegrass seed. The elevation in Colfax is 1,965 feet above sea level. As of 2013, Colfax had 2,845 residents. Colfax provides a nexus of services for wheat growers throughout region.
The City of Colfax has several events year round hosted by the Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Association, and other organizations. Some of these events include the annual Concrete River Festival, Palouse Fair, Winterfest, and First Thursdays
Colfax is full of historic sites and landmarks. Some of these include the historic downtown district, Perkins house, the Codger Pole, and the Rose Theater.
The 2,880 citizens of Colfax support 11 parks with a variety of amenities. Four parks are placed strategically in neighborhoods. The City's parks contain areas for recreation such as swimming, sports, walking, and skateboarding.
The City of Colfax has many local businesses ranging from coffee shops and restaurants, to retail and professional services. With thriving local business, Colfax is a great place to find what you need.
Awards & Recognitions
Transportation Improvement Board- Complete Streets Award
The City of Colfax was recently awarded the Complete Streets Award by the Transportation Improvement Board. The grant funding from this award will be used for Oak and Cedar Street improvements.
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2016 Governor's Smart Communities Award
The City of Colfax was awarded the 2016 Governor's Smart Communities Award by Governor Jay Inslee and the WA State Department of Commerce. The City was awarded recognition for the Colfax 2035 Comprehensive Plan Update, which was described by the Department of Commerce as a "solid and forward looking plan.
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Tree City USA Recognition
The City of Colfax was recognized for the 12th year as a "Tree City" by the Arbor Day Foundation. The Tree City USA program provides direction, assistance, and national recognition to our community. It is the framework for a healthy, sustainable urban forestry program in Colfax. By becoming a Tree City, Colfax is ensuring that its trees will benefit the community in many ways:
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