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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 U.S. 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
 - Land
 - Water

3,341 sq mi (8,653 km²)
3,329 sq mi (8,622 km²)
12 sq mi (31 km²), 0.4%
Population
 - (2020)
 - Density

155,703
47/sq mi (18/km²)
Congressional district 3rd
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website www.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[]

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.

Adjacent counties[]

Major highways[]

  • I-70 (CO).svg Interstate 70
  • I-70 Bus.
  • I-70 Bus.
  • US 6.svg U.S. Highway 6
  • US 50.svg U.S. Highway 50
  • Colorado 65.svg State Highway 65
  • Colorado 139.svg State Highway 139
  • Colorado 141.svg State Highway 141
  • Colorado 330.svg State Highway 330
  • Colorado 340.svg State Highway 340
  • 45 1/2 Rd

National protected areas[]

  • Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness
  • Colorado National Monument
  • Dominguez Canyon Wilderness
  • Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area (part)
  • Grand Mesa National Forest
  • Manti-La Sal National Forest
  • McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area (part)
  • Uncompahgre National Forest
  • White River National Forest

State protected areas[]

  • Highline Lake State Park
  • James M. Robb – Colorado River State Park
  • Vega State Park

Trails and byways[]

  • American Discovery Trail
  • Dinosaur Diamond Prehistoric Highway National Scenic Byway
  • Grand Mesa National Scenic and Historic Byway
  • Kokopelli Trail
  • Old Spanish National Historic Trail
  • Unaweep/Tabeguache Scenic and Historic Byway
  • Colorado Riverfront Trail

Demographics[]

Historical populations
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%
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[]

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]


United States presidential election results for Mesa County, Colorado[13]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 56,894 62.78% 31,536 34.80% 2,193 2.42%
2016 49,779 64.10% 21,729 27.98% 6,146 7.91%
2012 47,472 65.08% 23,846 32.69% 1,629 2.23%
2008 44,578 64.02% 24,008 34.48% 1,045 1.50%
2004 41,539 67.12% 19,564 31.61% 782 1.26%
2000 32,396 63.45% 15,465 30.29% 3,193 6.25%
1996 24,761 53.12% 17,114 36.72% 4,737 10.16%
1992 18,169 41.23% 15,162 34.41% 10,736 24.36%
1988 22,150 59.62% 14,372 38.68% 633 1.70%
1984 23,736 69.66% 9,938 29.17% 400 1.17%
1980 22,686 68.92% 7,549 22.93% 2,681 8.14%
1976 17,924 65.44% 8,807 32.15% 659 2.41%
1972 15,527 68.66% 6,358 28.12% 728 3.22%
1968 10,745 49.58% 8,775 40.49% 2,151 9.93%
1964 8,317 39.45% 12,716 60.32% 49 0.23%
1960 13,015 58.81% 9,072 40.99% 45 0.20%
1956 12,869 62.79% 7,567 36.92% 60 0.29%
1952 11,883 63.06% 6,883 36.52% 79 0.42%
1948 6,586 43.37% 8,401 55.32% 198 1.30%
1944 6,653 48.93% 6,870 50.52% 75 0.55%
1940 7,049 47.27% 7,694 51.60% 169 1.13%
1936 3,654 29.47% 7,824 63.10% 921 7.43%
1932 4,388 37.16% 6,682 56.59% 737 6.24%
1928 6,446 65.76% 3,223 32.88% 133 1.36%
1924 4,053 45.53% 2,388 26.83% 2,461 27.65%
1920 3,621 49.80% 3,138 43.16% 512 7.04%
1916 2,223 30.06% 4,394 59.42% 778 10.52%
1912 976 12.47% 2,733 34.93% 4,115 52.59%
1908 3,049 44.87% 2,824 41.56% 922 13.57%
1904 2,783 58.45% 1,555 32.66% 423 8.88%
1900 1,317 37.27% 1,968 55.69% 249 7.05%
1896 469 15.81% 2,374 80.04% 123 4.15%
1892 529 42.76% 0 0.00% 708 57.24%
1888 440 49.49% 388 43.64% 61 6.86%
1884 353 51.38% 329 47.89% 5 0.73%



Communities[]

Cities[]

  • Fruita
  • Grand Junction

Towns[]

  • Collbran
  • De Beque
  • Palisade

Census-designated places[]

  • Clifton
  • Fruitvale
  • Loma
  • Orchard Mesa
  • Redlands

Other unincorporated places[]

  • Carpenter
  • Gateway
  • Mack
  • Mesa
  • Molina
  • Plateau City
  • Whitewater

Transportation[]

Major Highways[]

Air[]

  • Grand Junction Regional Airport is located 4.6 miles from downtown Grand Junction.
  • Mack Mesa Airport is located 25 miles from downtown Grand Junction.
  • Pinyon Airport is located 12.6 miles from downtown Grand Junction.

Train[]

  • There is an Amtrak Station located in downtown Grand Junction. The California Zephyr makes daily stops at the station on its way between San Francisco and Chicago.

Bus[]

  • 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[]

Geography
North America
Colorado
Mountains
  • Outline of Colorado
  • Index of Colorado-related articles
  • Colorado census statistical areas
  • Grand Valley AVA
  • Grand Junction Metropolitan Statistical Area
  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Mesa County, Colorado
  • Mesa County Public Library District

References[]

  1. ^ a b c "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/mesacountycolorado/PST045219. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Counties/Pages/FindACounty.aspx. 
  3. ^ "OMB Bulletin No. 10-02: Update of Statistical Area Definitions and Guidance on Their Uses". Office of Management and Budget. December 1, 2009. https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/sites/default/files/omb/assets/bulletins/b10-02.pdf. 
  4. ^ See the Colorado census statistical areas.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. https://www.census.gov/geographies/reference-files/time-series/geo/gazetteer-files.html. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/decennial-census.html. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. http://mapserver.lib.virginia.edu. 
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/population/cencounts/co190090.txt. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/population/www/cen2000/briefs/phc-t4/tables/tab02.pdf. 
  10. ^ "U.S. Census website". https://www.census.gov. 
  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". http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS/. 

External links[]

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

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