Coldfoot is basically a truck stop on the Dalton Highway from Fairbanks to Prudhoe Bay. It has a restaurant (a buffet), and a small number of overnight accommodations. Bus tours along the highway typically take two days, and passengers spend the night here. The BLM, USFWS, and NPS jointly staff a small visitor center during the summer.
The town was originally a mining camp named "Slate Creek", and around 1900 got its present when prospectors going up the nearby Koyukuk River would get "cold feet" and turn around. In 1902 Coldfoot had two roadhouses, two stores, seven saloons, and a gambling house. A post office operated from 1902 to 1912, then reopened in 1984.
Coldfoot Airport, about a mile away, consists of a 4,000 foot gravel strip.
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 13 people, 6 households, and 1 families residing in the town. The population density is 0.1/km² (0.4/mi²). There are 12 housing units at an average density of 0.1/km² (0.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the town is 100.00% White, 0.00% Black or African American, 0.00% Native American, 0.00% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.00% from other races, and 0.00% from two or more races. 0.00% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 6 households out of which 33.3% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 33.3% are married couples living together, 0.0% have a female householder with no husband present, and 66.7% are non-families. 50.0% of all households are made up of individuals and 0.0% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.17 and the average family size is 4.00.
In the town the population is spread out with 23.1% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 38.5% from 25 to 44, 30.8% from 45 to 64, and 0.0% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 40 years. For every 100 females there are 225.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 233.3 males.
The median income for a household in the town is $61,250, and the median income for a family is $0. Males have a median income of $0 versus $0 for females. The per capita income for the town is $42,620. 0.0% of the population and 0.0% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 0.0% are under the age of 18 and 0.0% are 65 or older.