Grand Junction, Colorado Population 2022

66,958
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Grand Junction is a city located in Mesa County Colorado. It is also the county seat of Mesa County. With a 2020 population of 66,958, it is the 18th largest city in Colorado and the 616th largest city in the United States. Grand Junction is currently growing at a rate of 1.05% annually and its population has increased by 2.13% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 65,560 in 2020. Spanning over 40 miles, Grand Junction has a population density of 1,694 people per square mile.

The average household income in Grand Junction is $70,501 with a poverty rate of 13.54%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Grand Junction is 37.1 years, 35.3 years for males, and 39.1 years for females.

Grand Junction'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, Colorado Population and Economy Statistics

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 grew from less than 30,000 to almost 42,000 people. The 2010 poll shows that the population increased to over 58,000, reflecting nearly 40% growth since the previous census. Current estimates indicate that the population has risen by 5.7% since the last official count 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.

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 Europeans could settle it. 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. 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

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Grand Junctionwas:

  • White: 91.16%
  • Two or more races: 3.98%
  • Other race: 1.82%
  • Asian: 1.55%
  • Black or African American: 0.84%
  • Native American: 0.49%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.17%
The current population of Grand Junction, Colorado is 66,958 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 65,560.

Grand Junction, Colorado Population 2022

Population by Race

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Grand Junction Population by Race

Grand Junction Population Pyramid 2022

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Grand Junction Median Age

39.2


Total

38.3


Male

40.7


Female

Grand Junction Adults

There are 50,500 adults, (12,006 of whom are seniors) in Grand Junction.

Grand Junction Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

31.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

30.4

Child Dependency Ratio

Grand Junction Sex Ratio

Female

31,816

51.14%

Male

30,402

48.86%

Grand Junction Population by Age

Grand Junction Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Grand Junction Household Types

60.6%

Rate of Home Ownership

Grand Junction Households and Families

3.04

Average Family Size

2.32

Average Household Size

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Grand Junction Households by Type

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Grand Junction Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Grand Junction Educational Attainment by Race

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

Grand Junction Educational Attainment by Race

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$37,686

Average Earnings

$42,202

Average Male

$31,107

Average Female

Grand Junction Earnings by Educational Attainment

Grand Junction Language by Age

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Grand Junction Language

92.68% of Grand Junction residents speak only English, while 7.32% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.21% of the population.

Grand Junction Language

Grand Junction Poverty by Race

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13.54%

Overall Poverty Rate

13.15%

Male Poverty Rate

13.91%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Grand Junction

The race most likely to be in poverty in Grand Junction is Native, with 58.61% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Grand Junction is Multiple, with 10.47% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.33%. Among those working part-time, it was 20.26%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 22.15%.

Grand Junction Poverty

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Grand Junction Poverty Rate by Education

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Grand Junction Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Grand Junction Income by Household Type

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Income by Household Type

Grand Junction Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

42.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

44.6%

Male Marriage Rate

41.3%

Female Marriage Rate

Grand Junction Married by Age and Sex

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Grand Junction Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 35-44, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Grand Junction Marital Status by Race

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Grand Junction Marital Status

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4,392

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

Grand Junction Veterans by War

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Grand Junction Veterans by Age

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Grand Junction Veterans by Race

Grand Junction Veterans by Education

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8.91%

Veteran Poverty Rate

35.09%

Veteran Disability Rate

Grand Junction Veterans by Education

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61.9%

Labor Force Participation

58%

Employment Rate

6.3%

Unemployment Rate

Grand Junction Employment by Age

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Grand Junction Employment by Race

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Grand Junction Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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47.41%

Born in Grand Junction

94.98%

Native Born

5.02%

Foreign Born

2.40%

Non Citizen

2.62%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

94.98% of Grand Junction residents were born in the United States, with 47.41% having been born in Colorado. 2.40% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Grand Junction Place of Birth

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected

Grand Junction Population by Year