Grand Junction, Colorado Population 2018

Grand Junction is a city located in the state of Colorado. It is the county city of Mesa County. The city has an estimated population of 61,881, making it just the 14th most populous in the state. The city’s location along the Colorado River has given it the nickname of River City. Though it wasn’t incorporated until the late 19th century, Grand Junction has seen major growth in its city limits and its population.

Grand Junction History

The region that is now Grand Junction was originally inhabited by the Ute tribe. In 1881, the tribe was removed from the land by the government so that it could be settled by Europeans. A plot of land was purchased by George Addison, a man from Pennsylvania. In 1882m Grand Junction was established and was incorporated as a town.

From the time of settlement, the economy revolved around farming, cattle and fruit orchards. In fact, the first vineyard was planted during its early history following European settlement. This resulted in more vineyards and later led to the nickname “Colorado Wine Country.”

Even to this day, the fruit orchards remain a staple to Grand Junction’s economy. Fruits grown in the city include pears, peaches, plums and wine grapes.

Grand Junction hasn’t just relied on agriculture, hower. It has also been a hotspot for uranium mining and was once the site of the Climax Uranium Mill that provided ore to the Atomic Energy Commission. Oil shale development has also fueled the economy, particularly during the 1970s and 1980s. Exxon purchased the rights to oil shale reserves and the city thrived until it left the region and put a strain on the economy in 1982. This period was known as “Black Sunday.”

However, Grand Junction’s economy quickly recovered and became even more diverse. Gas and oil mining and agriculture are among its top industries; however, education and healthcare also contribute significantly to the economy. The city also makes money from tourism, as people from all over the world come to visit nearby Powderhorn Resort and other attractions and ski resorts.

Grand Junction Demographics

The city of Grand Junction has an estimated population of over 61,000. The total area of the city is 39.64 square miles and the population density is over 1,575 people per square mile.

The city’s population is primarily white, making up 91.78% of the total population. Blacks, Native Americans, Asians, and Pacific Islanders each make up less than 1% of the population. Almost 4% identify as another race, while nearly 2% are mixed. Almost 11% of the population is Hispanic or Latino. There are more females than males residing in Grand Junction, with 95.1 men for every 100 women.

The largest age group is 25 to 44, which makes up 26.3% of the population. Over 21% is under the age of 18, while nearly 18% of the population is at least 65 years old. Close to 12% of the population lives below the federal poverty line.

The Mesa County Valley School District 51 is the top employer in the city, providing jobs to over 2,500 people. City Market, St. Mary’s Hospital, the State of Colorado and Mesa County are other top employers in Grand Junction.

Grand Junction Population Growth

Despite some economic hardships, Grand Junction has continued to post population growth at every 10-year census. Though growth had slowed at the time of the 1990 census, it quickly rebounded in 2000, with the population growing from less than 30,000 to almost 42,000 people. The 2010 census shows that the population grew to over 58,000, reflecting almost 40% growth since the previous census. Current estimates show that the population has risen by 5.7% since the last official census and as the city’s economy continues to grow stronger and more diverse, it’s only natural that the city is expected to see continued growth.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
201762,4751,0271.67%
201661,4488601.42%
201560,5887271.21%
201459,861-152-0.25%
201360,0131310.22%
201259,8821720.29%
201159,7106081.03%
201059,10217,11640.77%
200041,98612,95244.61%
199029,0341,0783.86%
198027,9567,78638.60%
197020,1701,4767.90%
196018,6944,19028.89%
195014,5042,02516.23%
194012,4792,23221.78%
193010,2471,58218.26%
19208,66591111.75%
19107,7544,251121.35%
19003,5030.00%

Grand Junction Population in 2018Source: By ryan lockwood [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

Population by Race

Race Population
White55,989
Two or More Races1,616
Some Other Race1,324
Black or African American594
Asian492
American Indian and Alaska Native443
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander172

Race Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey)

Grand Junction Population Pyramid 2018

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Grand Junction Median Age

34.7


Total

33.7


Male

36.4


Female

Lancaster Adults

There are 48,668 adults in Grand Junction.

Grand Junction Age Dependency

62.9

Age Dependency Ratio

27

Old Age Dependency Ratio

35.9

Child Dependency Ratio

Grand Junction Housing Indicators

Indicator Value
Median Number of Rooms (per House)
5.3
Houses Without Mortgage
4,577
Houses With Mortgage
9,449
Vacancy Rate
5.8
Median Rent
867
Median Home Value
204,700
Renter-Occupied Units
10,708
Owner-Occupied Units
14,026
Total Housing Units
26,250

This chart shows the employment and labor force participation rates in Grand Junction for residents over 16 years of age. The 2015 unemployment rate is 5.8% and the labor force participation rate is 62.7%.

Grand Junction Family/Household Indicators

Indicator Value
Average Household Size
2.33
Average Family Size
2.97
Total Households
24734
Married Couple Households
10250
Male Householder (no wife) Families
1025
Female Householder (no husband) Families
2906
Non Family Households
10553
Total Families
14181
Households With Own Children
6105
Unmarried Partner Households (Opposite Sex)
4.6
Unmarried Partner Households (Same Sex)
0.3

Grand Junction Income Distribution

Indicator Value
Under $10,000
2,760
$10,000 to $14,999
1,469
$15,000 to $24,999
2,846
$25,000 to $34,999
2,673
$35,000 to $49,999
3,314
$50,000 to $74,999
4,619
$75,000 to $99,999
2,776
$100,000 to $149,999
2,688
$150,000 to $199,999
851
Over $200,000
738

Grand Junction Household Income

Income

Median

Mean

Grand Junction

Colorado

$46,016

$62,520

$61,752

$84,384

Under 10k10k - 15k15k - 25k25k - 35k35k - 50k50k - 75k75k - 100k100k - 150k150k - 200kOver 200k00.050.10.150.2

Grand Junction Education Data

Grand Junction Educational Attainment (over 25)

Indicator Value Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade
1,1422.95%
9th to 12th Grade
2,3135.97%
High School Graduate
10,38826.82%
Some College
9,57124.71%
Associates Degree
3,3368.61%
Bachelors Degree
8,13220.99%
Graduate Degree
3,8529.94%