Grand Junction, Colorado Population 2021

64,529
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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 64,529, it is the 17th largest city in Colorado and the 596th largest city in the United States . Grand Junction is currently growing at a rate of 0.73% annually and its population has increased by 10.18% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 58,566 in 2010. Grand Junction reached it's highest population of in . Spanning over 40 miles, Grand Junction has a population density of 1,633 people per square mile.

The average household income in Grand Junction is $70,501 with a poverty rate of 15.62%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $935 per month, and the median house value is $237,100. 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: 92.77%
  • Two or more races: 2.38%
  • Other race: 1.68%
  • Asian: 1.24%
  • Black or African American: 1.07%
  • Native American: 0.58%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.27%
The current population of Grand Junction, Colorado is 64,529 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 63,597.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 58,566.

Grand Junction, Colorado Population 2021

2020 and 2021 population is estimated by projecting the 2019 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2021156,7281,2590.80%
2020155,4691,2590.81%
2019154,2101,2590.82%
2018152,9511,7811.16%
2017151,1701,4340.95%
2016149,7361,7111.14%
2015148,0259120.62%
2014147,113-62-0.04%
2013147,175-142-0.10%
2012147,3171430.10%
2011147,1749150.62%
2010146,2590.00%

Grand Junction Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White57,57792.77%
Two or More Races1,4752.38%
Some Other Race1,0401.68%
Asian7721.24%
Black or African American6661.07%
American Indian and Alaska Native3620.58%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1700.27%
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Grand Junction Population by Race

Grand Junction Population Pyramid $2021

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Grand Junction Median Age

37.1


Total

35.3


Male

39.1


Female

Grand Junction Adults

There are 49,568 adults, (11,310 of whom are seniors) in Grand Junction.

Grand Junction Age Dependency

62.2

Age Dependency Ratio

29.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

32.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Grand Junction Sex Ratio

Female

31,884

51.37%

Male

30,178

48.63%

Grand Junction Population by Age

Grand Junction Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Grand Junction Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Non Family44.5%55.5%
Male46.4%53.6%
Female47.9%52.1%
All58.1%41.9%
Married77.3%22.7%

58.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

Grand Junction Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All26,2822.2658.1
Non Family11,9481.3244.5
Married10,5773.0777.3
Female2,4982.9547.9
Male1,2592.9846.4

2.94

Average Family Size

2.26

Average Household Size

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Grand Junction Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,2933.10%
9th to 12th Grade2,8246.78%
High School Graduate10,11824.28%
Some College9,60523.05%
Associates Degree3,3758.10%
Bachelors Degree9,31322.35%
Graduate Degree5,15012.36%
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Grand Junction Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Grand Junction Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White34,34232,07213,159
Hispanic5,8034,173841
Other Race825571132
2+ Races561477122
Black42939433
Asian429403306
Native American26716019
Islander20202

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 71.33%.

Grand Junction Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$36,363$41,108$29,695
Less Than 9th Grade$26,213$29,180$15,313
High School Graduate$32,220$38,670$20,031
Some College$30,935$39,123$24,857
Bachelors Degree$42,784$48,862$40,389
Graduate Degree$56,452$63,553$50,475

$36,363

Average Earnings

$41,108

Average Male

$29,695

Average Female

Grand Junction Earnings by Educational Attainment

Grand Junction Language by Age

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Grand Junction Language

91.96% of Grand Junction residents speak only English, while 8.04% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 6.30% of the population.

Grand Junction Language

Grand Junction Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White46,6266,09413.07%
Hispanic9,9372,57825.94%
Multiple1,41130421.55%
Other1,00018618.60%
Native36216946.69%
Black58612521.33%
Islander1428459.15%
Asian761415.39%

15.62%

Overall Poverty Rate

14.19%

Male Poverty Rate

16.98%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Grand Junction

The race most likely to be in poverty in Grand Junction is Islander, with 59.15% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Grand Junction is Asian, with 5.39% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.56%. Among those working part-time, it was 23.67%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 21.66%.

Grand Junction Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade19.83%
High School15.50%
Some College13.14%
Bachelors or Greater4.97%

Grand Junction Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed31.31%
Male Unemployed20.78%
Female Employed11.10%
Male Employed9.82%

Grand Junction Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Grand Junction Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$52,504$70,501
Families$69,358$85,700
Married Families$79,288$97,490
Non Families$34,566$49,132
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Income by Household Type

Grand Junction Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

44.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

46.7%

Male Marriage Rate

42.4%

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 Over 65, 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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4,405

Number of Veterans

4,135

Male Veterans

270

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,466
First Gulf War902
Second Gulf War748
Korea506
World War II260

Grand Junction Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
75+1,216
35 to 541,023
65 to 741,003
55 to 64733
18 to 34430

Grand Junction Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White4,1528.96%
Hispanic4726.45%
Black13023.51%
Other Race596.38%
2+ Races405.10%
Native American154.40%
Asian91.68%

Grand Junction Veterans by Race

Grand Junction Veterans by Education

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8.27%

Veteran Poverty Rate

34.64%

Veteran Disability Rate

Grand Junction Veterans by Education

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62.2%

Labor Force Participation

57.9%

Employment Rate

6.9%

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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46.41%

Born in Grand Junction

94.58%

Native Born

5.42%

Foreign Born

2.88%

Non Citizen

2.55%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

94.58% of Grand Junction residents were born in the United States, with 46.41% having been born in Colorado. 2.88% 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: 2020 and 2021 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202164,5294660.73%
202064,0634660.73%
201963,5974660.74%
201863,1311,1361.83%
201761,9957591.24%
201661,2368471.40%
201560,3897461.25%
201459,643-166-0.28%
201359,8091490.25%
201259,6601850.31%
201159,4756291.07%
201058,84616,8603.43%
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%

Grand Junction Population by Year