Mesa County, Colorado

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Mesa County, Colorado
Mesa County Court House.jpg
Mesa County Courthouse
Map of Colorado highlighting Mesa County
Location in the state of Colorado
Map of the United States highlighting Colorado
Colorado's location in the U.S.
Founded February 14, 1883
Named for mesas in the area
Seat Grand Junction
Largest city Grand Junction
Area
 • Total 3,341.11 sq mi (8,653 km2)
 • Land 3,327.75 sq mi (8,619 km2)
 • Water 13.36 sq mi (35 km2), 0.40%
Population
 • (2010) 146,723
 • Density 43.91/sq mi (16.96/km²)
Congressional district 3rd
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website www.mesacounty.us
Footnotes:
Eleventh most populous Colorado county

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.[1] 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.[2][3]

Geography[edit]

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.[4]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 4,260
1900 9,267 117.5%
1910 22,197 139.5%
1920 22,281 0.4%
1930 25,908 16.3%
1940 33,791 30.4%
1950 38,794 14.8%
1960 50,715 30.7%
1970 54,734 7.9%
1980 81,530 49.0%
1990 93,145 14.2%
2000 116,255 24.8%
2010 146,723 26.2%
Est. 2012 147,848 0.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2012 Estimate[6]

As of the census[7] 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[edit]

National park[edit]

National conservation areas[edit]

National forests and wilderness[edit]

State parks[edit]

Trails[edit]

Scenic byways[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mesa County Quickfacts from the US Census Bureau". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved June 29, 2012. 
  2. ^ "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. 
  3. ^ See the Colorado census statistical areas.
  4. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved July 16, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved July 16, 2013. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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Coordinates: 39°01′N 108°28′W / 39.02°N 108.47°W / 39.02; -108.47