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Mesa County, Colorado

Mesa County, Colorado
Mesa County Courthouse
Map of Colorado highlighting Mesa County
Location in the state of Colorado
Map of the United States highlighting Colorado
Colorado's location in the U.S.
Founded February 14, 1883
Named for mesas in the area
Seat Grand Junction
Largest city Grand Junction
Area
 • Total 3,341 sq mi (8,653 km2)
 • Land 3,329 sq mi (8,622 km2)
 • Water 12 sq mi (31 km2), 0.4%
Population (est.)
 • (2014) 148,255
 • Density 44/sq mi (17/km²)
Congressional district 3rd
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website .us.mesacountywww

Mesa County is one of the 64 counties of the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 146,723.[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]

Contents

  • Geography 1
    • Adjacent counties 1.1
    • National protected areas 1.2
    • State protected areas 1.3
    • Trails and byways 1.4
  • Demographics 2
  • Communities 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

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

National protected areas

State protected areas

Trails and byways

Demographics

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 116,255 people, 45,823 households, and 31,572 families residing in the county. The population density was 35 people per square mile (13/km²). There were 48,427 housing units at an average density of 15 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 92.34% White, 0.46% Black or African American, 0.91% Native American, 0.53% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 3.67% from other races, and 1.99% from two or more races. 10.02% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 45,823 households out of which 31.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.30% were married couples living together, 9.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.10% were non-families. 25.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.00% under the age of 18, 9.40% from 18 to 24, 26.70% from 25 to 44, 23.70% from 45 to 64, and 15.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 96.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,864, and the median income for a family was $43,009. Males had a median income of $32,316 versus $22,374 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,715. About 7.00% of families and 10.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.50% of those under age 18 and 8.10% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 8, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "OMB Bulletin No. 10-02: Update of Statistical Area Definitions and Guidance on Their Uses" (PDF).  
  4. ^ See the Colorado census statistical areas.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 8, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved June 8, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 8, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 8, 2014. 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder".  

External links

  • Mesa County official website
  • Colorado County Evolution by Don Stanwyck
  • Colorado Historical Society

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