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🠈  Grand Junction Population Statistics  🠊

Population Statistics

In 2000, Grand Junction (Mesa County) was included in the Census Bureau's ranking of Metropolitan areas. Now that Grand Junction is recognized as a metropolitan area, it will be easier to find statistics on the area.

The US Census shows that between 1990 and 2000, the metropolitan area's population grew by 23,110 from 93,145 to 116,255 people.

The estimated 2001 population for Grand Junction was 118,556. The estimated 2002 population was 121,419. The area is definitely booming.

The US Census reports that Mesa County boasts 48,427 housing units and covers 3,341.11 square miles (13.36 square miles of water). This gives Grand Junction an average of 2.4 people per housing unit and a comfortable population density of 34.9 people per square mile.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a work force of 65.1 thousand people enjoying 61.3 thousand jobs, and an unemployment rate of 5.7% for February 2003. Check out for current numbers.

The 2001 Metropolitan Occupation Wage survey for Grand Junction shows a median hourly wage of $11.71 per hour. The average wage is $14.19. (That is, the average worker makes $11.71/hr...the average wage is $14.19...the numbers go up when you count in the big boss and the lawyers.)

The table below shows the population breakdown by town. The area is in square miles. Houses refers to housing units. I guess a double wide would be called a housing unit.

Mesa County - Population by Town
Clifton 17,345 6,640 6.85
Collbran 388 161 0.50
De Beque 451 188 0.36
Fruita 6,478 2,610 6.02
Fruitvale 6,936 2,747 3.11
Grand Junction 41,986 18,784 31.09
Orchard Mesa 6,456 2,518 5.56
Palisade town 2,579 1,117 1.09
Redlands 8,043 3,227 15.55


Census Bureau - Ranking Tables for Metropolitan Areas: 1990 and 2000. Grand Junction was added as a Metropolitan Area.
2002 Census Data for Colorado shows includes housing units and area.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes monthly employment statistics for the US.

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