Colfax, Iowa

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Colfax is a city in Jasper County, Iowa, United States. The population was 2,223 at the 2000 census.



Colfax is located at 41°40′33″N 93°14′40″W / 41.67583°N 93.24444°W / 41.67583; -93.24444 (41.675731, -93.244384)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.6 km²), of which, 1.4 square miles (3.5 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (1.45%) is water.


The first large scale coal mine in Jasper County was the Watson No. 1 Mine, 5 miles southeast of town, connected to the Rock Island by a long railroad spur. From 1881 to 1900, the Jasper County Coal and Railway Company operated a number of mines north of Colfax. The Colfax Consolidated Coal Company, formed in 1902, brought the mines of Colfax under a common operator. They opened mine No. 8 in 1905; this was one of the best equipped mines in the state. The coal camp of Severs, was run by this company. important activity in Colfax.[2] The town is named for Schuyler Colfax, vice-president with U. S. Grant.[citation needed]


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 2,223 people, 837 households, and 585 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,632.4 people per square mile (631.1/km²). There were 908 housing units at an average density of 666.8/sq mi (257.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.25% White, 0.49% African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.18% Asian, and 0.85% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.72% of the population.

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