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Mesa County, Colorado (CO)

County population in 2019: 154,210 (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: 46 people per square mile   (average).

March 2019 cost of living index in Mesa County: 93.5 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

Industries providing employment: Educational, health and social services (25.0%), Retail trade (11.5%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (10.5%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 77%
  • Government: 15%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 7%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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  • Races in Mesa County, CO (2019)
    • 124,84081.0%White Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 22,84614.8%Hispanic or Latino
    • 3,2182.1%Two or more races
    • 1,6341.1%Asian alone
    • 9140.6%American Indian and Alaska Native alone
    • 6930.4%Black Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 650.04%Some other race alone
Median resident age:

39.9 years
Colorado median age:

37.1 years
Males: 75,242  (48.8%)
Females: 78,968  (51.2%)
Average household size:
Mesa County:

2.0 people
Colorado:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2019: $60,500 ($35,864 in 1999)
This county:

$60,500
Colorado:

$77,127

Median contract rent in 2019 for apartments: $868 (lower quartile is $672, upper quartile is $1,214)
This county:

$868
State:

$1258


Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $262,300 (it was $113,800 in 2000)
Mesa:

$262,300
Colorado:

$394,600
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $190,300 - $370,200

Mean price in 2019:

Detached houses: $344,454
Here:

$344,454
State:

$487,835

Townhouses or other attached units: $268,264
Here:

$268,264
State:

$416,827

In 2-unit structures: $317,995
Here:

$317,995
State:

$483,371

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $181,861
Here:

$181,861
State:

$319,497

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $193,291
Here:

$193,291
State:

$375,475

Mobile homes: $148,651
Here:

$148,651
State:

$102,984

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $60,950
Here:

$60,950
State:

$62,581

Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,338
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $352

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
Mesa County, CO map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 965 buildings, average cost: $86,100
  • 1998: 1105 buildings, average cost: $91,900
  • 1999: 1232 buildings, average cost: $97,100
  • 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
  • 2015: 446 buildings, average cost: $248,100
  • 2016: 498 buildings, average cost: $231,500
  • 2017: 665 buildings, average cost: $199,800
  • 2018: 822 buildings, average cost: $156,300
  • 2019: 678 buildings, average cost: $188,800
Number of permits per 10,000 Mesa, CO residents
Average permit cost in Mesa, CO
Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $1,145 (0.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $992 (0.4%)

Distribution of median household income in Mesa, CO in 2019
Distribution of house value in Mesa, CO in 2019
Distribution of rent paid by renters in Mesa, CO in 2019
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 10.7%
Mesa County:

10.7%
Colorado:

9.3%
(8.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 24.4% for Black residents, 23.6% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 44.9% for American Indian residents, 52.3% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 14.3% for other race residents, 17.2% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2019: 39.9 years old
(Males: 38.5 years old, Females: 40.8 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 43.6 years old, Black residents: 33.8 years old, American Indian residents: 47.3 years old, Asian residents: 36.7 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 28.6 years old, Other race residents: 37.9 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

2018 air pollution in Mesa County:

Ozone (1-hour): 0.038 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Above U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 5.9 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 November 2020:
Here:

6.0%
Colorado:

6.2%

Unemployment by year in Mesa, CO
County total employment by year in Mesa, CO
County average yearly wages by year in Mesa, CO

Current college students: 5,836
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 91.1%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 29.8%

Number of foreign born residents: 6,628 (34.5% naturalized citizens)

Mesa County:

4.3%
Whole state:

9.5%
Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • 1,5922010 or later
  • 1,2762000 to 2009
  • 1,7401990 to 1999
  • 6681980 to 1989
  • 4491970 to 1979
  • 857Before 1970

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: 48,973
  • One, attached: 2,202
  • Two: 1,048
  • 3 or 4: 3,545
  • 5 to 9: 2,117
  • 10 to 19: 1,093
  • 20 to 49: 1,257
  • 50 or more: 1,116
  • Mobile homes: 6,767

Housing units in Mesa County with a mortgage: 30,250 (1,234 second mortgage, 2,101 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 15,083

Here:

66.7% with mortgage
State:

70.8% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Mesa County

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
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 significantly above Colorado state average. It is 1451% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/18/1959 at 06:37:13, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 394.2 miles away from Mesa County center, causing $26,000,000 total damage
On 10/3/1915 at 06:52:48, a magnitude 7.6 (7.6 UK) earthquake occurred 487.3 miles away from the 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 3/18/2020 at 13:09:31, a magnitude 5.7 (5.7 MW, Depth: 7.4 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 221.2 miles away from Mesa 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
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • Colorado Covid-19 Pandemic, Incident Period: January 20, 2020, FEMA Id: 4498, Natural disaster type: Other
  • 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 (6) is a lot smaller than the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 2
Emergencies Declared: 2
Means of transportation to work in 2019 - Mesa

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 53,463 (79.1%)
  • Carpooled: 5,364 (7.9%)
  • Bus: 208 (0.3%)
  • Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means: 1,158 (1.7%)
  • Bicycle: 521 (0.8%)
  • Walked: 1,907 (2.8%)
  • Worked at home: 4,962 (7.3%)
Class of Workers in 2019
Most common industries in 2019 (%)
Males Females
Most common industries for males in 2019


  • Health care and social assistance (23%)
  • Retail trade (11%)
  • Educational services (11%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)
  • Public administration (4%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (4%)

Most common industries for females in 2019


  • Health care and social assistance (27%)
  • Retail trade (12%)
  • Educational services (12%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (7%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (4%)

Most common occupations in 2019 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations for males in 2019


  • Management occupations (13%)
  • Sales and related occupations (10%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (9%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (9%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (7%)
  • Transportation occupations (6%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (6%)

Most common occupations for females in 2019


  • Office and administrative support occupations (15%)
  • Management occupations (11%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (10%)
  • Sales and related occupations (8%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (8%)
  • Educational instruction, and library occupations (8%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (7%)

Most common places of birth for foreign-born residents


  • Mexico (47%)
  • Philippines (4%)
  • Dominican Republic (4%)
  • China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan (4%)
  • England (3%)
  • Venezuela (3%)
  • Canada (2%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Mesa County


  • German (14%)
  • American (11%)
  • English (7%)
  • Irish (6%)
  • European (5%)
  • Italian (3%)
  • Scottish (2%)

Owners and renters by unit type
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 $62,340.

6.58% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($50,618 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.58%
Colorado average:

10.99%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
2.92% relocated from other counties in Colorado ($21,758 average AGI)
3.67% relocated from other states ($28,861 average AGI)
Mesa County:

3.67%
Colorado average:

4.99%

Residents relocating <b>from</b> other counties or countries

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Garfield County, CO  0.37% ($46,281 average AGI)
from Jefferson County, CO  0.25% ($57,972)
from Delta County, CO  0.23% ($40,710)
from Montrose County, CO  0.22% ($31,315)
from Denver County, CO  0.19% ($52,019)
from Arapahoe County, CO  0.18% ($47,466)
from Adams County, CO  0.15% ($51,353)


5.98% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($46,512 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.98%
Colorado average:

9.96%


0.04% of residents moved to foreign countries ($225 average AGI)
Mesa County:

0.04%
Colorado average:

0.10%

2.66% relocated to other counties in Colorado ($20,139 average AGI)
3.29% relocated to other states ($26,148 average AGI)
Mesa County:

3.29%
Colorado average:

3.89%

Residents relocating <b>to</b> other counties or countries

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Garfield County, CO  0.25% ($37,115 average AGI)
to Delta County, CO  0.25% ($37,540)
to Denver County, CO  0.23% ($59,803)
to Jefferson County, CO  0.19% ($44,296)
to Montrose County, CO  0.18% ($36,573)
to Weld County, CO  0.18% ($64,838)
to Arapahoe County, CO  0.17% ($46,667)

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 2019: 12.4

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 2019: 9.5

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 population in Mesa County
Population without health insurance coverage in 2018: 10.2%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2018: 5.1%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Mesa County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19
Population without health insurance coverage in Mesa County
18-64 population without health insurance coverage in Mesa County
40-64 population without health insurance coverage in Mesa County
50-64 population without health insurance coverage in Mesa County
Population under 19 years 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 Medicare
Aged persons enrolled in Medicare
Disabled persons enrolled in Medicare

Most common underlying causes of death in Mesa County, Colorado in 1999 - 2019:

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (1,807)
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (1,634)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (1,573)
  • Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, so described (1,403)
  • Alzheimer disease, unspecified (1,191)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (895)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (875)
  • Unspecified dementia (819)
  • Congestive heart failure (531)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (426)

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: 154,210
  • Male householders: 31,232 (7,290 living alone), Female householders: 32,412 (9,693 living alone)
  • 34,082 spouses (33,879 opposite-sex spouses), 1,975 unmarried partners, (1,949 opposite-sex unmarried partners), 37,131 children (33,078 natural, 901 adopted, 3,152 stepchildren), 3,462 grandchildren, 1,095 brothers or sisters, 1,678 parents, 0 foster children, 1,601 other relatives, 6,455 non-relatives
  • In group quarters: 3,087

Size of family households: 19,614 2-persons, 8,697 3-persons, 8,131 4-persons, 3,069 5-persons, 1,712 6-persons, 899 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 16,983 1-person, 4,053 2-persons, 175 3-persons, 311 4-persons.

22,965 married couples with children.
6,145 single-parent households (2,212 men, 3,933 women).

92.9% of residents of Mesa speak English at home.
5.6% of residents speak Spanish at home (72% speak English very well, 15% speak English well, 11% speak English not well, 3% don't speak English at all).
0.9% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (82% speak English very well, 11% speak English well, 7% speak English not well).
0.4% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (59% speak English very well, 20% speak English well, 19% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (86% speak English very well, 14% 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:

5.9
State:

6.8

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.6
State:

4.0

Year house built in Mesa County, Colorado
  • Year house built in Mesa County, Colorado
  • 4,2272014 or later
  • 2,2532010 to 2013
  • 13,1532000 to 2009
  • 11,5311990 to 1999
  • 7,2501980 to 1989
  • 14,9761970 to 1979
  • 4,1071960 to 1969
  • 4,2171950 to 1959
  • 1,8301940 to 1949
  • 4,5741939 or earlier
Rooms in houses/apartments in Mesa County, Colorado
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Mesa County, Colorado
  • Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Mesa County, Colorado
  • 01 room
  • 3132 rooms
  • 6583 rooms
  • 7,0844 rooms
  • 10,9225 rooms
  • 9,6556 rooms
  • 6,4087 rooms
  • 3,6858 rooms
  • 6,6089+ rooms
Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Mesa County, Colorado
  • Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Mesa County, Colorado
  • 1,2201 room
  • 6312 rooms
  • 2,3313 rooms
  • 4,4884 rooms
  • 5,9205 rooms
  • 1,8356 rooms
  • 1,0937 rooms
  • 4608 rooms
  • 3339+ rooms
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Mesa County, Colorado
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Mesa County, Colorado
  • Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Mesa County, Colorado
  • 0no bedroom
  • 6171 bedroom
  • 6,9002 bedrooms
  • 26,2253 bedrooms
  • 9,0494 bedrooms
  • 2,5425+ bedrooms
Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Mesa County, Colorado
  • Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Mesa County, Colorado
  • 1,329no bedroom
  • 1,5431 bedroom
  • 6,1312 bedrooms
  • 8,2903 bedrooms
  • 7964 bedrooms
  • 2225+ bedrooms
Cars and other vehicles available in Mesa County, Colorado in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Cars and other vehicles available in Mesa County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Mesa County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • 876no vehicle
  • 9,0131 vehicle
  • 21,0952 vehicles
  • 9,3113 vehicles
  • 2,8354 vehicles
  • 2,2035+ vehicles
Cars and other vehicles available in Mesa County in renter-occupied apartments
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Mesa County in renter-occupied apartments
  • 1,817no vehicle
  • 7,9441 vehicle
  • 5,2792 vehicles
  • 2,7433 vehicles
  • 4774 vehicles
  • 515+ vehicles

80.9% of Mesa County residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 38% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 51% lived in Colorado.

Mesa County:

80.9%
State average:

82.0%

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

  • This state: 75,138
  • Other state: 71,135
  • Northeast: 8,303
  • Midwest: 20,456
  • South: 12,938
  • West: 29,438
Year householders moved into unit in Mesa County, CO
Most commonly used house heating fuel in Mesa County
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos
  • 79.2%Utility gas
  • 11.0%Electricity
  • 4.6%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 3.6%Wood
  • 0.9%Other fuel
  • 0.6%Solar energy
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments
  • 68.3%Utility gas
  • 27.0%Electricity
  • 1.7%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 1.2%Wood
  • 0.7%Other fuel
  • 0.7%No fuel used
  • 0.2%Coal or coke

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 1,502
Here:

9.6%
Colorado:

8.4%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 461
Here:

6.4%
Colorado:

8.6%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 536
Here:

6.6%
Colorado:

13.1%

Educational Attainment
School Enrollment by Level of School
Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Noninstitutionalized Residents with Employment Disability

Mesa County government finances - Expenditure in 2018:

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $17,745,000
  • Charges - Other: $9,679,000
    Solid Waste Management: $4,895,000
    Parks and Recreation: $146,000
    Sewerage: $69,000
  • Construction - Regular Highways: $24,132,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $2,849,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,418,000
    Police Protection: $1,293,000
  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $44,422,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $27,445,000
    Central Staff Services: $17,739,000
    Regular Highways: $10,027,000
    Health - Other: $7,250,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $5,668,000
    Solid Waste Management: $4,303,000
    Financial Administration: $2,474,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,990,000
    Corrections - Other: $400,000
    Housing and Community Development: $350,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $209,000
    Transit Utilities: $175,000
    Sewerage: $141,000
    General - Other: $127,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $638,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $4,700,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $15,823,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $14,996,000
    Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $7,515,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $7,515,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $827,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $6,486,000
    General Revenue - Other: $4,463,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $921,000
    Sale of Property: $11,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $10,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $37,449,000
  • Revenue - Transit Utilities: $150,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $55,981,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $19,961,000
    General Local Government Support: $13,287,000
    Highways: $9,086,000
    Other: $6,700,000
    Health and Hospitals: $3,094,000
    Housing and Community Development: $133,000
  • Tax - Property: $40,995,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $39,675,000
    Other License: $1,204,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $119,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $176,555,000

Mesa County government finances - Revenue in 2018:

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $17,745,000
  • Charges - Other: $9,679,000
    Solid Waste Management: $4,895,000
    Parks and Recreation: $146,000
    Sewerage: $69,000
  • Construction - Regular Highways: $24,132,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $2,849,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,418,000
    Police Protection: $1,293,000
  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $44,422,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $27,445,000
    Central Staff Services: $17,739,000
    Regular Highways: $10,027,000
    Health - Other: $7,250,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $5,668,000
    Solid Waste Management: $4,303,000
    Financial Administration: $2,474,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,990,000
    Corrections - Other: $400,000
    Housing and Community Development: $350,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $209,000
    Transit Utilities: $175,000
    Sewerage: $141,000
    General - Other: $127,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $638,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $4,700,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $15,823,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $14,996,000
    Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $7,515,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $7,515,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $827,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $6,486,000
    General Revenue - Other: $4,463,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $921,000
    Sale of Property: $11,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $10,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $37,449,000
  • Revenue - Transit Utilities: $150,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $55,981,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $19,961,000
    General Local Government Support: $13,287,000
    Highways: $9,086,000
    Other: $6,700,000
    Health and Hospitals: $3,094,000
    Housing and Community Development: $133,000
  • Tax - Property: $40,995,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $39,675,000
    Other License: $1,204,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $119,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $176,555,000

Mesa County government finances - Debt in 2018:

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $17,745,000
  • Charges - Other: $9,679,000
    Solid Waste Management: $4,895,000
    Parks and Recreation: $146,000
    Sewerage: $69,000
  • Construction - Regular Highways: $24,132,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $2,849,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,418,000
    Police Protection: $1,293,000
  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $44,422,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $27,445,000
    Central Staff Services: $17,739,000
    Regular Highways: $10,027,000
    Health - Other: $7,250,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $5,668,000
    Solid Waste Management: $4,303,000
    Financial Administration: $2,474,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,990,000
    Corrections - Other: $400,000
    Housing and Community Development: $350,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $209,000
    Transit Utilities: $175,000
    Sewerage: $141,000
    General - Other: $127,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $638,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $4,700,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $15,823,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $14,996,000
    Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $7,515,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $7,515,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $827,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $6,486,000
    General Revenue - Other: $4,463,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $921,000
    Sale of Property: $11,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $10,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $37,449,000
  • Revenue - Transit Utilities: $150,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $55,981,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $19,961,000
    General Local Government Support: $13,287,000
    Highways: $9,086,000
    Other: $6,700,000
    Health and Hospitals: $3,094,000
    Housing and Community Development: $133,000
  • Tax - Property: $40,995,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $39,675,000
    Other License: $1,204,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $119,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $176,555,000

Mesa County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2018:

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $17,745,000
  • Charges - Other: $9,679,000
    Solid Waste Management: $4,895,000
    Parks and Recreation: $146,000
    Sewerage: $69,000
  • Construction - Regular Highways: $24,132,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $2,849,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,418,000
    Police Protection: $1,293,000
  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $44,422,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $27,445,000
    Central Staff Services: $17,739,000
    Regular Highways: $10,027,000
    Health - Other: $7,250,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $5,668,000
    Solid Waste Management: $4,303,000
    Financial Administration: $2,474,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,990,000
    Corrections - Other: $400,000
    Housing and Community Development: $350,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $209,000
    Transit Utilities: $175,000
    Sewerage: $141,000
    General - Other: $127,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $638,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $4,700,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $15,823,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $14,996,000
    Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $7,515,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $7,515,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $827,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $6,486,000
    General Revenue - Other: $4,463,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $921,000
    Sale of Property: $11,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $10,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $37,449,000
  • Revenue - Transit Utilities: $150,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $55,981,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $19,961,000
    General Local Government Support: $13,287,000
    Highways: $9,086,000
    Other: $6,700,000
    Health and Hospitals: $3,094,000
    Housing and Community Development: $133,000
  • Tax - Property: $40,995,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $39,675,000
    Other License: $1,204,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $119,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $176,555,000

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
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 in Mesa, CO
Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Mesa, CO - 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

Mesa County on our top lists:

  • #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+)"