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Overview

Introduction to Fruita, Colorado

Located in Mesa county, the city of Fruita, Colorado, is 172 miles SE of Provo, Utah (center to center) and 204 miles W of Denver, Colorado. The city benefits from easy access to the many nearby cities and towns, with which it shares the Grand Junction metropolitan area.

Fruita History

Fruita is a municipality located in the Mesa county, which forms a part of the Grand Junction Metropolitan Statistical Area. The first permanent settlers to the area were Mr. and Mrs. Albert Lapham; the city community was organized in the year 1884, by William Pabo. Fruita was officially incorporated into the state into the state the year 1894. The city was given its name because it was situated in a major fruit-growing region. In all of Western Colorado, Fruita is one of the most active, progressive, and diverse communities.

Fruita and nearby Attractions

  • Dinosaur Journey Museum
  • Colorado National Monument
  • MCPLD-Fruita Branch Library
  • Sunlight Mountain

Things To Do In Fruita

Fruita offers a wide variety of opportunities for visitors. The Dinosaur Journey Museum provides information on a variety of dinosaur-related subjects such as archeology, paleontology, and geology. The city also houses the Colorado National Monument which covers approximately 20,500 acres of land and rises to a height of 2,000 feet; native wildlife can also be view in this area. In addition, Fruita has several local celebrations such as the the Fat Tire Festival, Mike The Headless Chicken Festival, and the Fruita Fall Festival.

Fruita Transportation

The closest airport to the city is the Montrose Regional Airport.

Fruita Higher Education

Mesa State College is the closest college. Students can also enroll at the Colorado Mountain College, and Western State College Colorado.

Demographics

People

Total Population12,790
Male Share of the Population47.8%
Female Share of the Population52.2%
Senior Citizens14.2%
Employed Population 16+5,602
Age of the Population36

Families

% of people married50%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher24.4%
Median Earnings25+$30,705
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$31,272
Median Earnings With High School Degree$28,981

Wealth

Median Family Income$63,757
% Above Poverty Level82.3%
% Below Poverty Level17.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time22 minutes
% Working from Home6.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.9%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone26.8%
Median Gross Rent$1,088
Median House Value$201,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)25.2%
German19%
Irish13.6%
English12.2%
Italian7.6%
French Except Basque3%
Norwegian2.6%
Polish2.6%
Welsh1.9%
Swedish1.3%
Canadian1.2%
Russian1%
Scottish1%
Lithuanian0.9%
Basque0.7%
Danishn0.6%
Finnish0.6%
Greek0.5%
Albanian0.5%
Hungarian0.3%
Swiss0.2%
Arab0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Slovene0.2%
Syrian0.2%
Dutch0.2%
Czech0.2%
Luxemburger0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
African0.1%
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Fruita Almanac

CategoryValue
County Mesa County
Standard Zip Codes81521
Phone Area Codes970
Time ZoneAmerica/Denver
Approximate Latitude39.15
Approximate Longitude-108.72

Fruita Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationFRUITA 1 W
Distance1.3 miles
Jan Temp12 to 37 F
Apr Temp33 to 65 F
Jul Temp57 to 93 F
Oct Temp33 to 69 F
Annual Precip9.1 inches
StationGRAND JUNCTION 6 ESE
Distance15.9 miles
Jan Temp17 to 38 F
Apr Temp39 to 65 F
Jul Temp63 to 92 F
Oct Temp41 to 68 F
Annual Precip9 inches
StationPALISADE
Distance20.5 miles
Jan Temp17 to 39 F
Apr Temp39 to 67 F
Jul Temp63 to 94 F
Oct Temp41 to 70 F
Annual Precip10.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Grand Junction60,630$60,858
Palisade2,630$51,050

Fruita Hospitals

Colorado Canyons Hospital And Medical Center
(Non-profit)
300 West Ottley Avenue
(970) 858-9871

Fruita Public Schools

Fruita 8/9 School
1835 J Road
ZIP: 81521
Other
Total Enrollment 721
Fruita Middle School
239 N Maple
ZIP: 81521
Middle
Total Enrollment 546
Fruita Monument High School
1102 Wildcat Ave
ZIP: 81521
High
Total Enrollment 1253
Rim Rock Elementary School
1810 J 6 Road
ZIP: 81521
Primary
Total Enrollment 624
Shelledy Elementary School
353 North Mesa
ZIP: 81521
Primary
Total Enrollment 518
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