Mesa County, CO

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Population

148,798

0.427% growth

Poverty Rate

16%


Median Age

38.9


Median Household Income

$51,971

3.8% growth

Number of Employees

68,918

0.967% growth

Median Property Value

$207,900

3.18% growth

About

In 2017, Mesa County, CO had a population of 149k people with a median age of 38.9 and a median household income of $51,971. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Mesa County, CO grew from 148,166 to 148,798, a 0.427% increase and its median household income grew from $50,070 to $51,971, a 3.8% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Mesa County, CO are White (Non-Hispanic) (81.8%), White (Hispanic) (12.3%), Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic) (1.77%), Some Other Race (Hispanic) (1.08%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (0.71%). N/A% of the people in Mesa County, CO speak a non-English language, and 98.1% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Mesa County, CO are Colorado Mesa University (1,878 degrees awarded in 2017), Intellitec College-Grand Junction (442 degrees), and The Salon Professional Academy-Grand Junction (47 degrees).

The median property value in Mesa County, CO is $207,900, and the homeownership rate is 67%. Most people in Mesa County, CO commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 18.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Mesa County, CO is 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Total Confirmed Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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Community Mobility

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Economy

The economy of Mesa County, CO employs 68.9k people. The largest industries in Mesa County, CO are Health Care & Social Assistance (10,771 people), Retail Trade (8,159 people), and Construction (5,782 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($63,672), Utilities ($60,364), and Public Administration ($55,298).

Median household income in Mesa County, CO is $51,971. Males in Mesa County, CO have an average income that is 1.33 times higher than the average income of females, which is $51,692. The income inequality in Mesa County, CO (measured using the Gini index) is 0.471, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$51,971

2017 value

± $1,350

3.8%

1 Year Growth

± 4.1%

Households in Mesa County, CO have a median annual income of $51,971, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $50,070 in 2016, which represents a 3.8% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$68,531

Average Male Salary

± $1,541

$51,692

Average Female Salary

± $1,226

In 2017, full-time male employees in Colorado made 1.33 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Colorado by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $54,772 ± $5,354

  2. White

    $54,520 ± $998

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $47,825 ± $27,111

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Colorado workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Mesa County, CO is from Colorado.

0.471

2017 Wage GINI

0.471

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Colorado was 0.471 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0949% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for Colorado was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Colorado in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Colorado across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 14.04

  2. Census Tract 16

  3. Census Tract 12

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Mesa County, CO was Census Tract 14.04 with a value of $100,094, followed by Census Tract 16 and Census Tract 12, with respective values of $83,906 and $82,143.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Mesa County, CO colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

16% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Mesa County, CO (23.2k out of 145k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    21,177 ± 1,182

  2. Hispanic

    5,792 ± 621

  3. Two Or More

    758 ± 228

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Mesa County, CO is White, followed by Hispanic and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

68.9k

2017 Value

± 1,997

0.967%

1 Year growth

± 3.98%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Mesa County, CO grew at a rate of 0.967%, from 68.3k employees to 68.9k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Mesa County, CO, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (8,758 people), Management Occupations (7,966 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (7,547 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Mesa County, CO.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Mesa County, CO, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (8,758 people), Management Occupations (7,966 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (7,547 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Mesa County, CO has an unusually high number of residents working as Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.68 times higher than expected), Transportation Occupations (1.23 times), and Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.19 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Mesa County, CO, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($67,946), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($66,875), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($61,517).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

68.9k

2017 Value

± 1,997

0.967%

1 Year growth

± 3.98%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Mesa County, CO grew at a rate of 0.967%, from 68.3k employees to 68.9k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Mesa County, CO, are Health Care & Social Assistance (10,771 people), Retail Trade (8,159 people), and Construction (5,782 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Mesa County, CO, though some of these residents may live in Mesa County, CO and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Mesa County, CO, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (10,771 people), Retail Trade (8,159 people), and Construction (5,782 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Mesa County, CO has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (9.81 times higher than expected), Construction (1.34 times), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (1.16 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Mesa County, CO, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($63,672), Utilities ($60,364), and Public Administration ($55,298).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Colorado to other states, or from other states to Colorado.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $35B

  2. $24.9B

  3. $18.5B

In 2015, the top outbound Colorado product (by dollars) was Coal-n.e.c. with $35B, followed by Mixed freight ($24.9B) and Electronics ($18.5B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Colorado products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$229B

2020 Value

$314B

Projected 2045 Value

37.2% growth

In 2020, total outbound Colorado trade was $229B. This is expected to increase 37.2% to $314B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Colorado trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Colorado to other states, or from other states to Colorado.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $13.9B

  2. $10.6B

  3. $8.3B

In 2015, the top outbound Colorado domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Wyoming with $13.9B, followed by Nebraska with $10.6B and California and $8.3B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Colorado shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

88.4% of the population of Mesa County, CO has health coverage, with 39.8% on employee plans, 20.2% on Medicaid, 12.4% on Medicare, 13.3% on non-group plans, and 2.65% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Mesa County, CO was $6,804 in 2014. This is a 5.13% increase from the previous year ($6,472).

Primary care physicians in Mesa County, CO see 940 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.213% increase from the previous year (938 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1390 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 362 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Fremont County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (8.8%). Additionally, Logan County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (28.9%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

940 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Mesa County, CO see an average of 940 patients per year. This represents a 0.213% increase from the previous year (938 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$6,804

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,623

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,143

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,287

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Colorado (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.13%, from $6,472 to $6,804.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

11.6%

Uninsured

39.8%

Employer Coverage

20.2%

Medicaid

12.4%

Medicare

13.3%

Non-Group

2.65%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Mesa County, CO declined by 9.13% from 12.7% to 11.6%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Mesa County, CO changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 8.8% prevalence

  2. 8.7% prevalence

  3. 8.4% prevalence

Fremont County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Colorado, at 8.8%.

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Diversity

Mesa County, CO is home to a population of 149k people, from which 98.1% are citizens. As of 2017, 3.66% of Mesa County, CO residents were born outside of the country (5.45k people).

In 2017, there were 6.66 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (122k people) in Mesa County, CO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 18.3k White (Hispanic) and 2.63k Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Age

Age by Nativity

39

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

43

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 3.4

In 2017, the median age of all people in Mesa County, CO was 38.9. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 39, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 43. But people in Mesa County, CO are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Mesa County, CO residents was 39.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.66%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

5.45k people

3.58%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

5.3k people

As of 2017, 3.66% of Mesa County, CO residents (5.45k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Mesa County, CO was 3.58%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    230,780 ± 11,541 people

  2. India

    19,019 ± 3,380 people

  3. Vietnam

    17,347 ± 3,228 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Colorado was Mexico, the natal country of 230,780 Colorado residents, followed by India with 19,019 and Vietnam with 17,347.

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Citizenship

98.1%

2017 Citizenship

98%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.1% of Mesa County, CO residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Mesa County, CO was 98%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Mesa County, CO

  1. White (Non-Hispanic)

    122k ± 183

  2. White (Hispanic)

    18.3k ± 586

  3. Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic)

    2.63k ± 335

In 2017, there were 6.66 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (122k people) in Mesa County, CO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 18.3k White (Hispanic) and 2.63k Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 7 races represented in Mesa County, CO as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    4,389 ± 351

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    1,664 ± 324

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    1,638 ± 297

Mesa County, CO has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.64 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Mesa County, CO awarded 2,367 degrees. The student population of Mesa County, CO is skewed towards women, with 4,827 male students and 5,668 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Mesa County, CO are White (1,680 and 71.2%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (456 and 19.3%), Two or More Races (60 and 2.54%), and Unknown (57 and 2.41%).

The largest universities in Mesa County, CO by number of degrees awarded are Colorado Mesa University (1,878 and 79.3%), Intellitec College-Grand Junction (442 and 18.7%), and The Salon Professional Academy-Grand Junction (47 and 1.99%).

The most popular majors in Mesa County, CO are General Business (197 and 8.32%), Medical Assistant (173 and 7.31%), and Registered Nursing (170 and 7.18%).

The median tuition costs in Mesa County, CO are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $7,560 and $19,516 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 185 degrees awarded

  2. 132 degrees awarded

  3. 106 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Mesa County, CO was General Business with 185 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Mesa County, CO according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 1,878 degrees awarded

  2. 442 degrees awarded

  3. 47 degrees awarded

$7,560

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2017, the Mesa County, CO institution with the largest number of graduating students was Colorado Mesa University with 1,878 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

959

Degrees Awarded to Men

1,408

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 959 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Mesa County, CO, which is 0.681 times less than the 1,408 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    1,680 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    456 degrees awarded

  3. Two or More Races

    60 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Mesa County, CO were to White students. These 1,680 degrees mean that there were 3.68 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 456 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Mesa County, CO was $207,900 in 2017, which is 0.905 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $201,500 to $207,900, a 3.18% increase. The homeownership rate in Mesa County, CO is 67%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Mesa County, CO have an average commute time of 18.9 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Mesa County, CO is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$207,900

2017 Median

± $4,135

$201,500

2016 Median

± $4,493

In 2017, the median property value in Mesa County, CO grew to to $207,900 from the previous year's value of $201,500.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Mesa County, CO compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Mesa County, CO the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Household Income

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$51,971

Median Household Income

± $1,350

60.6k

Number of Households

± 1,803

In 2017, the median household income of the 60.6k households in Mesa County, CO grew to $51,971 from the previous year's value of $50,070.

The following chart displays the households in Mesa County, CO distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Mesa County, CO distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Mesa County, CO the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

67%

2017 Homeownership

68%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 67% of the housing units in Mesa County, CO were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 68%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Mesa County, CO compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

18.9 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Mesa County, CO have a shorter commute time (18.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.94% of the workforce in Mesa County, CO have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    77.9%

  2. Carpooled

    9.2%

  3. Worked At Home

    6.21%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Mesa County, CO was Drove Alone (77.9%), followed by those who Carpooled (9.2%) and those who Worked At Home (6.21%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Mesa County, CO distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Mesa County, CO have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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