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Mesa County, Colorado
Map
Map of Colorado highlighting Mesa County
Location in the state of Colorado
Map of the USA highlighting Colorado
Colorado's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded February 14, 1883
Seat Grand Junction
Largest City Grand Junction
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

3,341 sq mi (8,653 km²)
3,329 sq mi (8,622 km²)
12 sq mi (31 km²), 0.4%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

148,513
44/sq mi (17/km²)
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website: www.mesacounty.us
Named for: mesas in the area

Mesa County is one of the 64 counties of the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 146,723. The county seat is Grand Junction. The county was named for the many large mesas in the area, including Grand Mesa.

Mesa County comprises the Grand Junction, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 3,341 square miles (8,650 km2), of which 3,329 square miles (8,620 km2) is land and 12 square miles (31 km2) (0.4%) is water. It is the fourth-largest county by area in Colorado.

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

  • Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness
  • Colorado National Monument
  • Dominguez Canyon Wilderness
  • Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area (part)
  • Grand Mesa National Forest
  • Manti-La Sal National Forest
  • McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area (part)
  • Uncompahgre National Forest
  • White River National Forest

State protected areas

  • Highline Lake State Park
  • James M. Robb – Colorado River State Park
  • Vega State Park

Trails and byways

  • American Discovery Trail
  • Dinosaur Diamond Prehistoric Highway National Scenic Byway
  • Grand Mesa National Scenic and Historic Byway
  • Kokopelli Trail
  • Old Spanish National Historic Trail
  • Unaweep/Tabeguache Scenic and Historic Byway
  • Colorado Riverfront Trail

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 4,260
1900 9,267 117.5%
1910 22,197 139.5%
1920 22,281 0.4%
1930 25,908 16.3%
1940 33,791 30.4%
1950 38,794 14.8%
1960 50,715 30.7%
1970 54,734 7.9%
1980 81,530 49.0%
1990 93,145 14.2%
2000 116,255 24.8%
2010 146,723 26.2%
Est. 2015 148,513 1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

As of the census of 2010, there were 146,723 people, 58,095 households, and 38,593 families residing in the county. The population density was 44.1 people per square mile (17.23.1/km²). There were 62,644 housing units. Information that follows comes from the 2000 American Factfinder data: The racial makeup of the county was 92.34% White, 0.46% Black or African American, 0.91% Native American, 0.53% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 3.67% from other races, and 1.99% from two or more races. 10.02% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 45,823 households out of which 31.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.30% were married couples living together, 9.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.10% were non-families. 25.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.00% under the age of 18, 9.40% from 18 to 24, 26.70% from 25 to 44, 23.70% from 45 to 64, and 15.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 96.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,864, and the median income for a family was $43,009. Males had a median income of $32,316 versus $22,374 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,715. About 7.00% of families and 10.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.50% of those under age 18 and 8.10% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Towns

Census-designated places

Other unincorporated places

Transportation

Major Highways

Air

  • Grand Junction Regional Airport is located 4.6 miles from downtown Grand Junction.
  • Mack Mesa Airport is located 25 miles from downtown Grand Junction.
  • Pinyon Airport is located 12.6 miles from downtown Grand Junction.

Train

Bus

  • There is a Greyhound Bus Station located in Grand Junction.
  • Grand Valley Transit is the public transportation agency that serves the Grand Junction area and currently has 11 fixed routes.

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