Introduction to Grand Junction, Colorado

Grand Junction, Colorado, in Mesa county, is 183 miles SE of Provo, Utah and 196 miles W of Denver, Colorado.

Grand Junction History

The Ute Native American tribe were the original inhabitants of this area. European farmers first settled in this region in the 1880s. The city is located at the confluence of the Colorado and Gunnison rivers. The Colorado River was originally known as ‘Grand,’ until it was changed in 1921.

Grand Junction and nearby Attractions

  • Cross Orchards Historic Site
  • Dinosaur Valley Museum
  • Western Colorado Center for the Arts
  • Hanging Lake
  • Rifle Gap Falls
  • Western Colorado Botanical Gardens

Things To Do In Grand Junction

One can visit a number of museums while in the city of Grand Junction. The Dinosaur Journey Museum, the Museum of Western Colorado, the Western Colorado Center for the Arts and Rimrocker Western Museum have some interesting and educational exhibits. The city itself has quite a few notable attractions like the Bookcliff Country Club, the Teller Arms Center, the Eastgate Center and the Grand Speedway. In addition, the city hosts the Country Jam USA Music Festival and the Downtown Art & Jazz Festival every year.

Grand Junction Transportation

Walker Field Airport provides facilities for air transportation.

Grand Junction Higher Education

For higher studies, one can enroll at any of the local institutes like Mesa State College, Intellitec College-Grand Junction or the Academy of Beauty Culture.


Total Population 59,945
Male Share of the Population 48.8%
Female Share of the Population 51.2%
Senior Citizens 16.2%
Employed Population 16+ 26,294
Age of the Population 35


% of people married 46.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 30.9%
Median Earnings25+ $32,192
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,476
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,068


Median Family Income $59,650
% Above Poverty Level 81.1%
% Below Poverty Level 18.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 4.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 6.1%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%


People Living Alone 32.1%
Median Gross Rent $844
Median House Value $205,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 27.7%
US/American 0%
English 12.1%
Irish 12.2%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Grand Junction Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 183 miles SE of Provo, Utah (center to center)
Nearest Large City 196 miles W of Denver, Colorado
County Mesa
Metro Area Grand Junction
Standard Zip Codes 81501, 81503, 81504, 81505, 81506
P.O. Box Zip Codes 81502
Phone Area Codes 970
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.063
Longitude -108.561

Grand Junction Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 5 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 37 F
Apr Temp 38 to 64 F
Jul Temp 61 to 92 F
Oct Temp 39 to 67 F
Annual Precip 8.9 inches
Distance 5.2 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 38 F
Apr Temp 39 to 65 F
Jul Temp 63 to 92 F
Oct Temp 41 to 68 F
Annual Precip 9 inches
Distance 11.9 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 39 F
Apr Temp 39 to 67 F
Jul Temp 63 to 94 F
Oct Temp 41 to 70 F
Annual Precip 10.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Grand Junction, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Appleton (81505)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Fruita 12,750 $63,607
Palisade 2,654 $51,544

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Grand Junction Public Libraries

Mesa County Public Library District
Grand Junction, Colorado
(970) 243-4783
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Grand Junction Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
2021 N 12TH ST
(970) 256-6201
Emergency Service: Yes

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(970) 244-2273
Emergency Service: Yes

Grand Junction VA Medical Center
2121 North Avenue
(970) 242-0731 Toll Free:(866) 206-6415
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Grand Junction High Schools

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Serves 1,641 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.2

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Serves 1,624 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.9

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Serves 303 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.3

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Serves 93 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16

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