Mesa County, Colorado
|Mesa County, Colorado|
Location in the state of Colorado
Colorado's location in the U.S.
|Founded||February 14, 1883|
|Named for||mesas in the area|
|Largest city||Grand Junction|
3,341.11 sq mi (8,653 km²)
3,327.75 sq mi (8,619 km²)
13.36 sq mi (35 km²), 0.40%
43.91/sq mi (16.96/km²)
|Time zone||Mountain: UTC-7/-6|
Mesa County is the fourth most extensive and the eleventh most populous of the 64 counties of the state of Colorado in the United States. The county was named for the many large mesas in the area, including Grand Mesa. The county population was estimated in 2011 by the US Census Bureau to be 147,083. The county seat is Grand Junction. The United States Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has designated Mesa County as the Grand Junction Metropolitan Statistical Area.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 3,341.11 square miles (8,653.4 km2), of which 3,327.75 square miles (8,618.8 km2) (or 99.60%) is land and 13.36 square miles (34.6 km2) (or 0.40%) is water.
Adjacent counties 
- Garfield County, Colorado - north
- Pitkin County, Colorado - east
- Gunnison County, Colorado - east
- Delta County, Colorado - southeast
- Montrose County, Colorado - south
- Grand County, Utah - west
As of the census of 2000, there were 116,255 people, 45,823 households, and 31,572 families residing in the county. The population density was 35 people per square mile (13/km²). There were 48,427 housing units at an average density of 15 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 92.34% White, 0.46% Black or African American, 0.91% Native American, 0.53% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 3.67% from other races, and 1.99% from two or more races. 10.02% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 45,823 households out of which 31.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.30% were married couples living together, 9.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.10% were non-families. 25.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 2.94.
In the county the population was spread out with 25.00% under the age of 18, 9.40% from 18 to 24, 26.70% from 25 to 44, 23.70% from 45 to 64, and 15.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 96.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.20 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $35,864, and the median income for a family was $43,009. Males had a median income of $32,316 versus $22,374 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,715. About 7.00% of families and 10.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.50% of those under age 18 and 8.10% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns 
- De Beque
- Grand Junction
- Orchard Mesa
- Plateau City
National park 
National conservation areas 
- Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area (part)
- McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area (part)
National forests and wilderness 
- Grand Mesa National Forest
- Uncompahgre National Forest
- White River National Forest
- Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness
- Dominguez Canyon Wilderness
State parks 
Scenic byways 
- Dinosaur Diamond Prehistoric Highway National Scenic Byway
- Grand Mesa National Scenic and Historic Byway
- Unaweep/Tabeguache Scenic and Historic Byway
See also 
- Outline of Colorado
- Index of Colorado-related articles
- Colorado census statistical areas
- Colorado counties
- Colorado metropolitan areas
- Colorado municipalities
- Grand Junction Metropolitan Statistical Area
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Mesa County, Colorado
- "Mesa County Quickfacts from the US Census Bureau". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved June 29, 2012.
- "OMB Bulletin No. 10-02: Update of Statistical Area Definitions and Guidance on Their Uses". United States Office of Management and Budget. December 1, 2009. Retrieved April 19, 2012.
- See the Colorado census statistical areas.
- "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13.
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- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
|Grand County, Utah||Pitkin County and Gunnison County|
|Montrose County||Delta County|