Grand Junction, Colorado Population 2020

65,110

Grand Junction is a city located in Colorado. With a 2020 population of 65,110, it is the 17th largest city in Colorado and the 589th largest city in the United States. Grand Junction is currently growing at a rate of 1.35% annually and its population has increased by 11.17% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 58,566 in 2010. Spanning over 40 miles, Grand Junction has a population density of 1,647 people per square mile.

The average household income in Grand Junction is $67,135 with a poverty rate of 17.56%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $912 per month, and the median house value is $223,900. The median age in Grand Junction is 36.7 years, 35 years for males, and 38.5 years for females. For every 100 females there are 93.8 males.

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 Junction was:

  • White: 92.66%
  • Two or more races: 1.99%
  • Other race: 1.93%
  • Asian: 1.39%
  • Black or African American: 0.99%
  • Native American: 0.57%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.47%
The current population of Grand Junction, Colorado is 65,110, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 63,374.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 58,566.

Grand Junction, Colorado Population 2020

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020156,8091,8011.15%
2019155,0081,8011.16%
2018153,2071,8011.18%
2017151,4061,5681.04%
2016149,8381,6111.08%
2015148,2279150.62%
2014147,312-1-0.00%
2013147,313-124-0.08%
2012147,4371520.10%
2011147,2859240.63%
2010146,3610.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White56,96792.66%
Two or More Races1,2251.99%
Some Other Race1,1841.93%
Asian8561.39%
Black or African American6080.99%
American Indian and Alaska Native3500.57%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander2890.47%

Grand Junction Population Pyramid 2020

Grand Junction Median Age

36.7


Total

35


Male

38.5


Female

Grand Junction Adults

There are 48,751 adults, (10,766 of whom are seniors) in Grand Junction.

Grand Junction Age Dependency

61.9

Age Dependency Ratio

28.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

33.5

Child Dependency Ratio

Grand Junction Sex Ratio

Female

31,716

51.59%

Male

29,763

48.41%

Grand Junction Households and Families

Grand Junction Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Grand Junction Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married77.3%22.7%
All57.2%42.8%
Male47.4%52.6%
Female44%56%
Non Family43.6%56.4%

57.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All25,6682.2957.2
Non Family11,7421.3343.6
Married10,2073.0577.3
Female2,8163.2644
Male9033.0947.4

2.98

Average Family Size

2.29

Average Household Size

4.6%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.2%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Grand Junction Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,3693.38%
9th to 12th Grade2,8707.09%
High School Graduate9,43723.30%
Some College9,90124.45%
Associates Degree3,2938.13%
Bachelors Degree8,83621.82%
Graduate Degree4,79611.84%

Grand Junction Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White33,71231,28112,366
Hispanic5,2523,622725
Other Race783546124
Multiple Races534446101
Asian488432310
Black34033633
Native American27619082
Islander44447

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 asian people with a rate of 63.52%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$36,789$40,926$30,422
Less Than High School$25,428$31,094$12,284
High School Grad$31,797$38,575$20,518
Some College$31,222$39,029$23,868
Bachelors Degree$43,958$48,000$41,083
Graduate Degree$56,295$63,656$50,581

$36,789

Average Earnings

$40,926

Average Male

$30,422

Average Female

Grand Junction Language

Grand Junction Language by Age

Grand Junction Language

92.09% of Grand Junction residents speak only English, while 7.91% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.98% of the population.

Grand Junction Poverty

Grand Junction Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White46,5716,80014.60%
Hispanic9,3322,79129.91%
Multiple1,13433929.89%
Other1,14221018.39%
Native34018353.82%
Islander22516071.11%
Black51012324.12%
Asian821374.51%

17.56%

Overall Poverty Rate

15.96%

Male Poverty Rate

19.08%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Grand Junction

The race most likely to be in poverty in Grand Junction is Islander, with 71.11% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Grand Junction is Asian, with 4.51% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.77%. Among those working part-time, it was 25.82%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 22.66%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School27.01%
High School14.16%
Some College13.37%
Bachelors or Greater5.45%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed49.48%
Male Unemployed20.97%
Female Employed11.22%
Male Employed10.47%

Grand Junction Income

Grand Junction Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$49,849$67,135
Families$67,945$83,346
Married Families$76,827$97,141
Non Families$31,895$45,081

Grand Junction Marital Status

Grand Junction Marital Status

Marriage Rates

43.6%

Overall Marriage Rate

46.5%

Male Marriage Rate

41.0%

Female Marriage Rate

Grand Junction Married by Age and Sex

Grand Junction Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Grand Junction Marital Status by Race

Grand Junction Veterans

4,483

Number of Veterans

4,087

Male Veterans

396

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,446
First Gulf War944
Second Gulf War682
Korea513
World War II333
Name Veterans % of Total
White4,1939.21%
Hispanic3585.29%
Black11323.25%
Indian8826.35%
Other485.18%
2 or More415.73%

$Grand Junction Veterans by Education

9.72%

Veteran Poverty Rate

36.93%

Veteran Disability Rate

Grand Junction Employment Status

62.4%

Labor Force Participation

57.5%

Employment Rate

7.7%

Unemployment Rate

Grand Junction Place of Birth

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

47.58%

Born in Colorado

94.93%

Native Born

5.07%

Foreign Born

2.58%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

94.93% of Grand Junction residents were born in the United States, with 47.58% having been born in Colorado. 2.58% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202065,1108681.35%
201964,2428681.37%
201863,3741,1521.85%
201762,2228681.41%
201661,3547591.25%
201560,5957391.23%
201459,856-112-0.19%
201359,9681650.28%
201259,8031920.32%
201159,6116441.09%
201058,96716,9813.45%
200041,98612,9523.76%
199029,0341,0780.38%
198027,9567,7863.32%
197020,1701,4760.76%
196018,6944,1902.57%
195014,5042,0251.52%
194012,4792,2321.99%
193010,2471,5821.69%
19208,6659111.12%
19107,7544,2518.27%
19003,5030.00%