Mesa County, Colorado

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Mesa County
Mesa County Courthouse
Mesa County Courthouse
Map of Colorado highlighting Mesa County
Location within the U.S. state of Colorado
Map of the United States highlighting Colorado
Colorado's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 39°01′N 108°28′W / 39.02°N 108.47°W / 39.02; -108.47
Country United States
State Colorado
FoundedFebruary 14, 1883
Named formesas in the area
SeatGrand Junction
Largest cityGrand Junction
Area
 • Total3,341 sq mi (8,650 km2)
 • Land3,329 sq mi (8,620 km2)
 • Water12 sq mi (30 km2)  0.4%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2020)
155,703
 • Density47/sq mi (18/km2)
Time zoneUTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional district3rd
Websitewww.mesacounty.us
Mesa State Park.jpg

Mesa County is a county located in the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2020 census, the population was 155,703.[1] The county seat is Grand Junction.[2] The county was named for the many large mesas in the area, including Grand Mesa.

Mesa County comprises the Grand Junction, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area.[3][4] In 2020 it ranked as the 271st most populous metropolitan area in the United States.[1] It is the only metropolitan area in Colorado not located on the Front Range of Colorado.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 3,341 square miles (8,650 km2), of which 3,329 square miles (8,620 km2) is land and 12 square miles (31 km2) (0.4%) is water.[5] It is the fourth-largest county by area in Colorado.

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Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18904,260
19009,267117.5%
191022,197139.5%
192022,2810.4%
193025,90816.3%
194033,79130.4%
195038,79414.8%
196050,71530.7%
197054,7347.9%
198081,53049.0%
199093,14514.2%
2000116,25524.8%
2010146,72326.2%
2020155,7036.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2020[1]

As of the census[10] of 2010, there were 146,723 people, 58,095 households, and 38,593 families living in the county. The population density was 44.1 people per square mile (17.23.1/km2). There were 62,644 housing units. Information that follows comes from the 2000 American Factfinder data: 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.

Politics[edit]

Unlike most urban counties, Mesa County is powerfully Republican. It has voted Democratic only once since 1952, during Lyndon Johnson’s 1964 landslide, and Hubert Humphrey in the following 1968 election is the last Democrat to tally forty percent of the county’s vote.

It was reported in August 2021 that the Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters allowed an unauthorized person into a secure facility during an annual upgrade to the county's election equipment software, compromising the equipment. The security breach means Mesa County will not be able to use the equipment for its fall 2021 election.[11]

This was not the first time Ms. Peters has been a source of election controversy. In February 2020, it was discovered that Peters' office neglected to count 574 ballots cast in a dropbox outside her office. These uncounted ballots were cast in the November 2019 election and remained uncounted in the dropbox for 3 months. They were found only because Peters' office checked the dropbox for ballots cast in the next election - the 2020 presidential primary. This prompted an attempt to recall Tina Peters as county clerk. The effort was unsuccessful. [12]


Presidential election results
Mesa County vote
by party in presidential elections
[13][14]
Year Republican Democratic Others
2020 62.8% 56,894 34.8% 31,536 2.4% 2,193
2016 64.1% 49,779 28.0% 21,729 7.9% 6,146
2012 65.1% 47,472 32.7% 23,846 2.2% 1,629
2008 64.0% 44,578 34.5% 24,008 1.5% 1,045
2004 67.1% 41,539 31.6% 19,564 1.3% 782
2000 63.5% 32,396 30.3% 15,465 6.3% 3,193
1996 53.1% 24,761 36.7% 17,114 10.2% 4,737
1992 41.2% 18,169 34.4% 15,162 24.4% 10,736
1988 59.6% 22,150 38.7% 14,372 1.7% 633
1984 69.7% 23,736 29.2% 9,938 1.2% 400
1980 68.9% 22,686 22.9% 7,549 8.2% 2,681
1976 65.4% 17,924 32.2% 8,807 2.4% 659
1972 68.7% 15,527 28.1% 6,358 3.2% 728
1968 49.6% 10,745 40.5% 8,775 9.9% 2,151
1964 39.5% 8,317 60.3% 12,716 0.2% 49
1960 58.8% 13,015 41.0% 9,072 0.2% 45
1956 62.8% 12,869 36.9% 7,567 0.3% 60
1952 63.1% 11,883 36.5% 6,883 0.4% 79
1948 43.4% 6,586 55.3% 8,401 1.3% 198
1944 48.9% 6,653 50.5% 6,870 0.6% 75
1940 47.3% 7,049 51.6% 7,694 1.1% 169
1936 29.5% 3,654 63.1% 7,824 7.4% 921
1932 37.2% 4,388 56.6% 6,682 6.2% 737
1928 65.8% 6,446 32.9% 3,223 1.4% 133
1924 45.5% 4,053 26.8% 2,388 27.7% 2,461
1920 49.8% 3,621 43.2% 3,138 7.0% 512
1916 30.1% 2,223 59.4% 4,394 10.5% 778
1912 12.5% 976 34.9% 2,733 52.6% 4,115
1908 44.9% 3,049 41.6% 2,824 13.6% 922
1904 58.5% 2,783 32.7% 1,555 8.9% 423
1900 37.3% 1,317 55.7% 1,968 7.1% 249
1896 15.8% 469 80.0% 2,374 4.2% 123
1892 42.8% 529 57.2% 708
1888 49.5% 440 43.6% 388 6.9% 61
1884 51.4% 353 47.9% 329 0.7% 5

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Transportation[edit]

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Bus[edit]

  • There is a Greyhound Bus Station located in Grand Junction.
  • Grand Valley Transit is the public transportation agency that serves the Grand Junction area and currently has 11 fixed routes.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 5, 2021.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ "OMB Bulletin No. 10-02: Update of Statistical Area Definitions and Guidance on Their Uses" (PDF). Office of Management and Budget. December 1, 2009. Archived (PDF) from the original on January 21, 2017. Retrieved April 19, 2012 – via National Archives.
  4. ^ See the Colorado census statistical areas.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
  10. ^ "U.S. Census website". Retrieved March 23, 2016.
  11. ^ Birkeland, Bente After Data Is Posted On Conspiracy Website, Colo. County's Voting Machines Are Banned National Public Radio, August 12, 2021.
  12. ^ Verlee, Megan ‘We Got Lucky’ That Missing Mesa Ballot Situation Wasn’t Worse, Elections Chief Says Colorado Public Radio, February 27, 2020.
  13. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved May 26, 2017.
  14. ^ http://geoelections.free.fr/. Retrieved January 13, 2021. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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