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Mesa County, Colorado (CO)

County population in 2016: 150,083 (87% urban, 13% rural); it was 116,255 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 29,788
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 11,718
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 33,306
Renter-occupied apartments: 16,589 (it was 12,517 in 2000)
% of renters here:

27%
State:

34%

Land area: 3328 sq. mi.

Water area: 13.4 sq. mi.

Population density: 45 people per square mile   (average).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Mesa County: 93.6 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (32.5%), Finance, insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing (13.0%), Educational, health and social services (12.4%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 65%
  • Government: 3%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 31%
  • Unpaid family work: 2%
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Races in Mesa County, Colorado:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (81.6%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (14.4%)
  • Two or more races (2.1%)
  • Asian alone (0.8%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (0.7%)
Median resident age:  39.8 years
Colorado median age:  36.7 years
Males: 74,153  (49.4%)
Females: 75,930  (50.6%)
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Mesa County,CO real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Mesa County:

2.0 people
Colorado:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2016: $48,846 ($35,864 in 1999)

This county:

$48,846
Colorado:

$65,685

Median contract rent in 2016 for apartments: $807 (lower quartile is $586, upper quartile is $1,067)
This county:

$807
State:

$1057


Estimated median house or condo value in 2016: $212,200 (it was $113,800 in 2000)
Mesa:

$212,200
Colorado:

$314,200
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $152,500 - $314,600

Mean price in 2016:

Detached houses: $307,312
Here:

$307,312
State:

$396,907

Townhouses or other attached units: $370,922
Here:

$370,922
State:

$316,972

In 2-unit structures: $308,565
Here:

$308,565
State:

$328,787

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $150,187
Here:

$150,187
State:

$274,686

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $205,779
Here:

$205,779
State:

$251,727

Mobile homes: $86,210
Here:

$86,210
State:

$87,176

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $66,503
Here:

$66,503
State:

$108,578
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,232
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $318

Institutionalized population: 1,422

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 2
  • Robberies: 6
  • Assaults: 32
  • Burglaries: 410
  • Thefts: 1031
  • Auto thefts: 179
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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2000: 1132 buildings, average cost: $104,000
  • 2001: 1146 buildings, average cost: $105,100
  • 2002: 1287 buildings, average cost: $113,700
  • 2003: 1428 buildings, average cost: $127,700
  • 2004: 1366 buildings, average cost: $144,300
  • 2005: 1471 buildings, average cost: $171,700
  • 2006: 1426 buildings, average cost: $201,100
  • 2007: 1310 buildings, average cost: $200,600
  • 2008: 692 buildings, average cost: $194,400
  • 2009: 363 buildings, average cost: $188,600
  • 2010: 348 buildings, average cost: $220,300
  • 2011: 289 buildings, average cost: $213,500
  • 2012: 323 buildings, average cost: $235,700
  • 2013: 440 buildings, average cost: $223,300
  • 2014: 452 buildings, average cost: $242,700

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2016: $985 (0.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2016: $907 (0.4%)

Mesa County household income distribution in 2009 Mesa County home values distribution Mesa County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2016: 16.0%
Mesa County:

16.0%
Colorado:

11.0%
(13.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 30.2% for Black residents, 26.6% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 35.0% for American Indian residents, 34.8% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 17.6% for other race residents, 21.5% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2016: 39.8 years old
(Males: 38.0 years old, Females: 41.8 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 42.9 years old, Black residents: 30.6 years old, American Indian residents: 53.5 years old, Asian residents: 44.3 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 22.8 years old, Other race residents: 49.4 years old)

Area name: Grand Junction, CO MSA
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Mesa County is $485 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $582 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $847 a month.

Cities in this county include: Grand Junction, Clifton, Redlands, Fruitvale, Fruita, Orchard Mesa, Palisade, Whitewater-Kahnah Creek, Glade Park-Gateway, Loma.

Mesa County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

2012 air pollution in Mesa County:

Ozone (1-hour): 0.047 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Significanly above U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual: 22.9 µg/m3. Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 7.3 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Mesa County: South Thompson Creek Cow Camp (A), Thompson Creek Guard Station (B), Lambert Place (C), Yank Creek Cow Camp (D), East Maroon Portal Campground (E), East Maroon Trailhead (F), West Maroon Portal Campground (G), Aspen Mountain Electronic Site (H), Mountain Bell Reflector (I), Lost Man Forest Service Facility (J), Dinkle Lake Day Use Area (K), Saco (L), Freeman Mesa Campground (M), Dearhamer Campground (N), Meredith Forest Service Facility (O), Portal Campground (P), Lost Man Campground (Q), Upper Grottos Campground (R), Lincoln Gulch Campground (S), Grottos Campground (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Church in Mesa County: Saint Benedict Monastery (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Cemetery: Wheatley Cemetery (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Snowmass Lake (A), Siberia Lake (B), Lewis Lake (C), Dinkle Lake (D), Sioux Lake (E), Ruby Lakes (F), Grizzly Lake (G), Truro Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Rivers and creeks: Grizzly Creek (A), Independence Creek (B), Tabor Creek (C), New York Creek (D), Bruin Creek (E), Truro Creek (F), Galena Creek (G), Lincoln Creek (H), Cooper Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Mesa County: Tourtelotte Park (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Neighboring counties: Brown County, Illinois , Howard County, Maryland , Kent County, Maryland , Johnson County, Kansas , Marion County, Indiana , Sullivan County, Indiana .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

4.8%
Colorado:

3.3%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 5,836
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 88.6%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 25.0%

Number of foreign born residents: 6,041 (44.8% naturalized citizens)

Mesa County:

4.0%
Whole state:

9.8%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 2010 or later: 463
  • 2000 to 2009: 1,420
  • 1990 to 1999: 1,453
  • 1980 to 1989: 668
  • 1970 to 1979: 449
  • Before 1970: 857
Note: State values scaled to Mesa County population

Mean travel time to work (commute): 18.4 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 95.7%

Mesa County marital status for males Mesa County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 46,272
  • One, attached: 1,898
  • Two: 1,316
  • 3 or 4: 2,768
  • 5 to 9: 2,555
  • 10 to 19: 1,645
  • 20 to 49: 1,601
  • 50 or more: 724
  • Mobile homes: 6,468

Housing units in Mesa County with a mortgage: 25,680 (1,369 second mortgage, 1,399 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 12,803

Here:

67.6% with mortgage
State:

71.6% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Mesa County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant25,05491
Other10,59330
Catholic7,9395
Mainline Protestant7,06221
Orthodox801
None95,995-
Mesa County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 22
Mesa County:

1.58 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.50 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 3
Here:

0.22 / 10,000 pop.
Colorado:

0.15 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 4
This county:

0.29 / 10,000 pop.
Colorado:

0.45 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 47
Mesa County:

3.38 / 10,000 pop.
Colorado:

3.13 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 101
This county:

7.27 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.99 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Mesa County:

5.6%
Colorado:

5.3%

Adult obesity rate:
Mesa County:

19.9%
State:

18.4%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

11.1%
State:

9.6%

Agriculture in Mesa County:

Average size of farms: 241 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $37,038
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $598.05
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 17.24%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 50.10%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $35,887
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 12.83%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 89.99%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $48,705
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 90.37%
Average age of principal farm operators: 55 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 11.70
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 2.26%
Corn for grain: 2915 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 3499 harvested acres
Vegetables: 734 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 2,410 acres

Tornado activity:

Mesa County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Colorado state average. It is 165446593.1 times below overall U.S. average.

Earthquake activity:

Mesa County-area historical earthquake activity is above Colorado state average. It is 256% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 10/3/1915 at 06:52:48, a magnitude 7.6 (7.6 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 487.3 miles away from Mesa County center
On 10/28/1983 at 14:06:06, a magnitude 7.3 (6.2 MB, 7.3 MS, 7.0 MW) earthquake occurred 439.9 miles away from the county center, causing 2 deaths (2 shaking deaths) and 3 injuries, causing $15,000,000 total damage
On 3/28/1975 at 02:31:05, a magnitude 6.2 (6.1 MB, 6.0 MS, 6.2 ML, Class: Strong, Intensity: VII - IX) earthquake occurred 290.0 miles away from the county center
On 6/28/1992 at 11:57:34, a magnitude 7.6 (6.2 MB, 7.6 MS, 7.3 MW, Depth: 0.7 mi) earthquake occurred 559.7 miles away from the county center, causing 3 deaths (1 shaking deaths, 2 other deaths) and 400 injuries, causing $100,000,000 total damage and $40,000,000 insured losses
On 10/16/1999 at 09:46:44, a magnitude 7.4 (6.3 MB, 7.4 MS, 7.2 MW, 7.3 ML) earthquake occurred 541.0 miles away from Mesa County center
On 12/21/1932 at 06:10:09, a magnitude 7.2 (7.2 UK) earthquake occurred 517.5 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • Colorado Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 01, 2005, Emergency Declared EM-3224: September 05, 2005, FEMA Id: 3224, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Colorado Dierich Fire, Incident Period: June 09, 2002 to June 18, 2002, Fire Management Assistance Declared: June 10, 2002, FEMA Id: 2422, Natural disaster type: Fire
  • Colorado Wildfires, Incident Period: April 23, 2002 to August 06, 2002, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1421: June 19, 2002, FEMA Id: 1421, Natural disaster type: Fire
  • Colorado SEVERE STORMS, MUDSLIDES, LANDSLIDES, FLOODING, Incident Period: July 27, 1984, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-719: July 27, 1984, FEMA Id: 719, Natural disaster type: Storm, Mudslide, Landslide, Flood
  • Colorado Drought, Incident Period: January 29, 1977, Emergency Declared EM-3025: January 29, 1977, FEMA Id: 3025, Natural disaster type: Drought

The number of natural disasters in Mesa County (5) is a lot smaller than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 2
Emergencies Declared: 2

Class of Workers in 2016 (%)

Most common industries in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Health care and social assistance (21%)
  • Retail trade (14%)
  • Educational services (10%)
  • Accommodation and food services (10%)
  • Manufacturing (5%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Finance and insurance (4%)
  • Health care and social assistance (23%)
  • Retail trade (15%)
  • Educational services (12%)
  • Accommodation and food services (11%)
  • Manufacturing (6%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
Most common occupations in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Management occupations (13%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (11%)
  • Sales and related occupations (10%)
  • Transportation occupations (8%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (7%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (7%)
  • Production occupations (6%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (20%)
  • Sales and related occupations (14%)
  • Management occupations (10%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (8%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (8%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (7%)
  • Production occupations (5%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Mexico (52%)
  • Canada (4%)
  • Philippines (4%)
  • China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan (3%)
  • England (3%)
  • Korea (3%)
  • Colombia (3%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Mesa County (%):

  • German (15%)
  • American (11%)
  • English (8%)
  • Irish (6%)
  • European (3%)
  • Italian (3%)
  • Scotch-Irish (2%)

Mesa County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 53,129 (78.0%)
  • Carpooled: 6,114 (9.0%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 336 (0.5%)
  • Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means: 1,016 (1.5%)
  • Bicycle: 743 (1.1%)
  • Walked: 2,350 (3.4%)
  • Worked at home: 4,445 (6.5%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)


People in group quarters in Mesa County, Colorado in 2000:

  • 823 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 712 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 357 people in nursing homes
  • 271 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 249 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 154 people in halfway houses
  • 148 people in job corps and vocational training facilities
  • 142 people in agriculture workers' dormitories on farms
  • 99 people in unknown juvenile institutions
  • 78 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 77 people in other types of correctional institutions
  • 44 people in short-term care, detention or diagnostic centers for delinquent children
  • 38 people in wards in general hospitals for patients who have no usual home elsewhere
  • 36 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 26 people in wards in military hospitals for patients who have no usual home elsewhere
  • 19 people in hospitals or wards for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 8 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 2 people in other group homes

People in group quarters in Mesa County, Colorado in 2010:

  • 1,353 people in college/university student housing
  • 663 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 447 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 331 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 298 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 182 people in correctional residential facilities
  • 122 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 83 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 66 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
  • 45 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 22 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 12 people in in-patient hospice facilities
  • 5 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals and psychiatric units in other hospitals
  • 2 people in hospitals with patients who have no usual home elsewhere
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $53,936.

5.82% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($42,582 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.82%
Colorado average:

9.68%


0.03% of residents moved from foreign countries ($360 average AGI)
Mesa County:

0.03%
Colorado average:

0.09%

2.53% relocated from other counties in Colorado ($16,707 average AGI)
3.26% relocated from other states ($25,515 average AGI)
Mesa County:

3.26%
Colorado average:

4.25%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Garfield County, CO  0.37% ($43,131 average AGI)
from Delta County, CO  0.25% ($30,644)
from Montrose County, CO  0.23% ($28,017)
from Jefferson County, CO  0.18% ($44,789)
from Denver County, CO  0.14% ($37,770)
from Maricopa County, AZ  0.14% ($32,932)
from Arapahoe County, CO  0.13% ($39,732)


6.01% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($42,953 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.01%
Colorado average:

9.12%


0.05% of residents moved to foreign countries ($308 average AGI)
Mesa County:

0.05%
Colorado average:

0.11%

2.39% relocated to other counties in Colorado ($15,301 average AGI)
3.57% relocated to other states ($27,344 average AGI)
Mesa County:

3.57%
Colorado average:

3.65%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Denver County, CO  0.24% ($44,767 average AGI)
to Garfield County, CO  0.24% ($42,773)
to Jefferson County, CO  0.20% ($36,981)
to Arapahoe County, CO  0.19% ($35,950)
to Delta County, CO  0.17% ($27,011)
to Adams County, CO  0.17% ($40,185)
to Maricopa County, AZ  0.16% ($36,205)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.9
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 13.2
Births per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 13.2

Births per 1000 population in Mesa County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 9.2
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 9.7
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 9.1

Deaths per 1000 population in Mesa County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 9.3
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 5.6

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Mesa County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 17.5%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 9.8%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Mesa County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Mesa County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 23,614 (20,270 aged, 3,344 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 4,197 (12%)

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Most common underlying causes of death in Mesa County, Colorado in 1999 - 2014:

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (1,340)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (1,233)
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (1,217)
  • Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, so described (1,003)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (744)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (715)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (704)
  • Unspecified dementia (581)
  • Congestive heart failure (436)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (381)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 16%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 14%

Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 25.2. This is less than state average.

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 209.8. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 126.1
  • Poisoning - 32.1
  • Suffocation - 32.1
  • Other - 19.5

Household type by relationship:

Households: 150,083
  • In family households: 116,610 (17,341 male householders, 20,252 female householders)
    28,526 spouses, 41,531 children (36,485 natural, 1,885 adopted, 3,161 stepchildren), 2,215 grandchildren, 1,054 brothers or sisters, 1,442 parents, 1,358 other relatives, 2,891 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 29,972 (11,155 male householders (8,847 living alone)), 11,440 female householders (8,529 living alone)), 7,377 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 3,501

Size of family households: 20,407 2-persons, 7,746 3-persons, 5,687 4-persons, 2,814 5-persons, 613 6-persons, 326 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 17,376 1-person, 4,592 2-persons, 449 3-persons, 178 4-persons.

21,856 married couples with children.
9,349 single-parent households (3,140 men, 6,209 women).

93.4% of residents of Mesa speak English at home.
5.5% of residents speak Spanish at home (69% speak English very well, 14% speak English well, 14% speak English not well, 3% don't speak English at all).
0.7% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (85% speak English very well, 10% speak English well, 5% speak English not well).
0.4% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (55% speak English very well, 30% speak English well, 15% speak English not well).
0.2% of residents speak other language at home (80% speak English very well, 20% speak English well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $696,385,000 ($5,472 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $46,696,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $338,743,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $124,251,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $736,000
Federal grants: $102,347,000
Federal procurement contracts: $58,289,000 ($25,278,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $72,018,000 ($3,150,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $5,312,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $217,865,000
Federal Government insurance: $27,272,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 8,231
Here:

63 per 1000 residents
State:

76 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 6,245
Here:

48 per 1000 residents
State:

32 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +687
Here:

+5 per 1000 residents
State:

+24 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +10,532
Here:

+81 per 1000 residents
State:

+10 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Mesa County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 32.01 millions of gallons per day (1% from ground, 99% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.2
State:

6.8

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.5
State:

4.1

Year house built

  • 2014 or later: 1,255
  • 2010 to 2013: 1,599
  • 2000 to 2009: 13,544
  • 1990 to 1999: 11,151
  • 1980 to 1989: 9,103
  • 1970 to 1979: 14,143
  • 1960 to 1969: 3,473
  • 1950 to 1959: 4,584
  • 1940 to 1949: 1,824
  • 1939 or earlier: 4,571
Note: State values scaled to Mesa population
Rooms in houses/apartments in Mesa County, Colorado
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Mesa County population
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 96
  • 3 rooms: 868
  • 4 rooms: 3,697
  • 5 rooms: 8,794
  • 6 rooms: 8,684
  • 7 rooms: 5,712
  • 8 rooms: 4,311
  • 9+ rooms: 6,321
  • 1 room: 315
  • 2 rooms: 965
  • 3 rooms: 3,303
  • 4 rooms: 6,163
  • 5 rooms: 5,174
  • 6 rooms: 3,455
  • 7 rooms: 810
  • 8 rooms: 939
  • 9+ rooms: 581
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Mesa County, Colorado
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Mesa County population
  • no bedroom: 36
  • 1 bedroom: 570
  • 2 bedrooms: 5,942
  • 3 bedrooms: 22,897
  • 4 bedrooms: 7,056
  • 5+ bedrooms: 1,982
  • no bedroom: 362
  • 1 bedroom: 2,477
  • 2 bedrooms: 8,531
  • 3 bedrooms: 9,491
  • 4 bedrooms: 726
  • 5+ bedrooms: 118
Cars and other vehicles available in Mesa County, Colorado in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Mesa County population
  • no vehicle: 525
  • 1 vehicle: 9,806
  • 2 vehicles: 14,718
  • 3 vehicles: 9,124
  • 4 vehicles: 3,293
  • 5+ vehicles: 1,017
  • no vehicle: 2,148
  • 1 vehicle: 10,049
  • 2 vehicles: 7,383
  • 3 vehicles: 1,371
  • 4 vehicles: 527
  • 5+ vehicles: 227

80% of Mesa County residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 39% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 57% lived in Colorado.

Mesa County:

80.4%
State average:

81.5%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 75,917
  • Other state: 66,153
  • Northeast: 6,891
  • Midwest: 19,097
  • South: 11,666
  • West: 28,499

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Mesa County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (78.6%)
  • Electricity (10.6%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (4.9%)
  • Wood (3.4%)
  • Other fuel (1.5%)
  • Solar energy (0.8%)
  • No fuel used (0.2%)
  • Utility gas (67.0%)
  • Electricity (26.2%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (3.5%)
  • No fuel used (1.4%)
  • Other fuel (0.9%)
  • Wood (0.6%)
  • Solar energy (0.4%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 1,598
Here:

10.8%
Colorado:

7.2%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 389
Here:

4.9%
Colorado:

6.3%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 794
Here:

9.2%
Colorado:

14.0%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Mesa County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Construction - Regular Highways: $12,289,000
    General - Other: $3,948,000
  • Current Operations - Public Welfare - Other: $19,135,000
    Police Protection: $15,775,000
    Regular Highways: $9,667,000
    Health - Other: $8,050,000
    Correctional Institutions: $7,424,000
    General - Other: $5,927,000
    Central Staff Services: $4,173,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $3,184,000
    General Public Buildings: $2,996,000
    Solid Waste Management: $2,964,000
    Financial Administration: $2,604,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $1,372,000
    Parks and Recreation: $898,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $420,000
    Corrections - Other: $250,000
    Sewerage: $153,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $6,574,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - Regular Highways: $188,000
    Parks and Recreation: $186,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Correctional Institutions: $1,535,000
    Regular Highways: $756,000
    Sewerage: $39,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $41,006,000

Mesa County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - All Other: $5,925,000
    Solid Waste Management: $3,520,000
    Sewerage: $34,000
    Regular Highways: $22,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $21,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $5,425,000
    Health and Hospitals: $2,657,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Health and Hospitals: $664,000
    General Local Government Support: $503,000
    All Other: $1,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $6,938,000
    General Revenue, NEC: $361,000
    Rents: $245,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $213,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $16,212,000
    Highways: $7,071,000
    General Local Government Support: $2,752,000
    All Other: $1,098,000
    Sewerage: $663,000
    Health and Hospitals: $369,000
  • Tax - General Sales and Gross Receipts: $27,275,000
    Property: $26,442,000
    Occupation and Business License, NEC: $1,475,000
    Other License: $458,000

Mesa County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $82,690,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $78,247,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $18,965,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $16,575,000
    Issue, Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $6,648,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,390,000
    Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $2,205,000

Mesa County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $4,235,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $32,674,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $83,246,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 2,103
  • Number of aged recipients: 208
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 1,895
  • Number of recipients under 18: 261
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 1,455
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 387
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 824
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 879
Mesa County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Mesa County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 28 full tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED1,189$194,146708$213,4076,541$201,857305$87,2729$377,556439$173,264282$128,532
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED43$180,04773$178,904432$199,81032$106,9690$034$148,61839$86,872
APPLICATIONS DENIED139$188,317203$160,2071,595$218,604215$51,1772$226,500157$157,541225$98,271
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN116$189,87979$258,2661,160$206,35999$104,7681$26,559,00084$186,83364$140,891
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS11$227,90913$178,692181$213,12710$159,3000$019$202,1589$97,000
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 28 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED93$242,452166$246,2774$177,750
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED40$250,77544$244,5235$170,000
APPLICATIONS DENIED23$236,30436$226,5004$209,750
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN5$241,0009$255,5560$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS9$262,44412$297,2503$191,667

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

Most common first names in Mesa County, CO among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John65375.2 years
Mary58379.5 years
William57376.3 years
Robert50872.4 years
James46172.9 years
Charles39575.4 years
George33775.0 years
Dorothy24478.5 years
Frank23077.8 years
Ruth22081.7 years
Most common last names in Mesa County, CO among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith26776.8 years
Johnson17576.2 years
Brown16575.6 years
Jones15676.4 years
Williams14376.7 years
Miller13677.6 years
Anderson10678.6 years
Wilson10474.9 years
Moore10377.6 years
Davis10177.4 years
Businesses in Mesa County, CO
NameCountNameCount
AT&T4Kroger6
Ace Hardware5La Quinta2
Aeropostale1La-Z-Boy1
Albertsons2Lane Bryant1
American Eagle Outfitters1Lane Furniture1
Applebee's1Little Caesars Pizza2
Arby's1Lowe's1
Ashley Furniture1Marriott2
AutoZone4MasterBrand Cabinets18
Barnes & Noble1Maurices1
Bath & Body Works1McDonald's6
Bed Bath & Beyond1Men's Wearhouse1
Best Western2Motherhood Maternity1
Big O Tires2New Balance3
Blockbuster3Nike10
Budget Car Rental1Nissan1
Burger King7Office Depot1
Carl\s Jr.2OfficeMax1
Carson Pirie Scott1Old Navy1
Chevrolet1Olive Garden1
Chick-Fil-A1Outback1
Chuck E. Cheese's1Outback Steakhouse1
Clarion1Pac Sun1
Cold Stone Creamery1Papa John's Pizza2
Comfort Inn2Payless2
Curves2Penske1
Dairy Queen4PetSmart1
Deb1Pier 1 Imports1
Decora Cabinetry1Pizza Hut4
Dennys1Qdoba Mexican Grill2
Discount Tire1Quality1
Domino's Pizza3RadioShack2
DressBarn1Ramada1
Dressbarn1Red Lobster1
Econo Lodge1Red Robin1
Famous Footwear1Rite Aid3
FedEx25Rodeway Inn1
Finish Line1SAS Shoes1
Firestone Complete Auto Care1SONIC Drive-In3
Foot Locker1Safeway3
Ford1Sam's Club1
GNC4Sears4
GameStop2Shoe Carnival1
Gap1Spencer Gifts1
Goodwill2Sprint Nextel1
Gymboree1Starbucks10
H&R Block7Subaru1
Hilton2Subway1
Hobby Lobby1Super 82
Holiday Inn3T-Mobile2
Hollister Co.1Taco Bell5
Home Depot1Target1
Honda1Toyota1
Hot Topic1True Value3
IHOP1U-Haul12
JCPenney1UPS23
Jimmy John's2Vans3
Jones New York1Verizon Wireless2
Journeys1Village Inn2
Justice1Vons3
KFC2Walgreens2
Kincaid1Walmart2
Kmart1Wendy's5
Kohl's1Wet Seal1

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  • #5 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Ozone (1-hour) air pollution readings in 2012 (ppm)"
  • #33 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest increase in the number of births per 1000 residents 2000-2006 to 2007-2013 (pop 50,000+)"
  • #75 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #81 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest ground withdrawal of fresh water for public supply (pop. 50,000+)"