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The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. The city has a council–manager form of government, and is the most populous municipality in all of western Colorado. Grand Junction is situated 247 miles (398 km) west-southwest of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city was 58,566. Grand Junction is the 15th most populous city in the state of Colorado and the most populous city on the Colorado Western Slope. Grand Junction serves as a major commercial and transportation hub within the large area between the Green River and the Continental Divide. It is the principal city of the Grand Junction Metropolitan Statistical Area which had a population of 146,723 in 2010 census. The city is located along the Colorado River, at its confluence with the Gunnison River which comes in from the south. The name "Grand" refers to the historical Grand River; it was renamed as the Upper Colorado River in 1921. The word "Junction" refers to the confluence of the Colorado and Gunnison rivers. Grand Junction has been nicknamed "River City". The city is located near the midpoint of a 30-mile (48 km) arcing valley, known as the Grand Valley; since the late 19th century it has been a major fruit-growing region. Historically the valley was long occupied by the Ute people and by earlier indigenous cultures. It was not settled by white European-American farmers until the 1880s. Since the late 20th century, several wineries have been established in the area. The Colorado National Monument, a unique series of canyons and mesas, overlooks the city on the west. Most of the area is surrounded by federal public lands managed by the US Bureau of Land Management. The Book Cliffs are a prominent series of cliffs that define the northern side of the Grand Valley. Interstate 70 connects the city eastward to Glenwood Springs and Denver and westward to Green River, Utah; Salt Lake City is reached to the west via Interstate 70 and U.S Route 6; and Las Vegas (via Interstate 70 and Interstate 15). The Country Jam Ranch is located near Grand Junction just north of I-70 at the Mack exit. This is a permanent festival site built for music festivals, including Country Jam. This event has been held annually since 1992, drawing thousands of country music fans to the area. The Grand Junction area has developed as a major mountain biking destination, with many bikers coming from the Front Range of Colorado, the Salt Lake City area, and as far away as California to enjoy the area's abundant single-track trails. Two prominent trails are the Tabeguache and Kokopelli trails, the latter running from near Loma to Moab, Utah. Fruita, Colorado, with its 18-Road trail system, is within 10 miles of the city and has become a major mountain biking destination.

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Facts and Stats for Grand Junction*

  • Pollution Statistics in Grand Junction

    Know the pollution level of Grand Junction before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 3.57 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 75 (High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 50 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 6.25 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 25 (Low)
  • Grand Junction: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Grand Junction for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Grand Junction.

    • Burglary and Theft 37.5 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 25 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 41.67 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 20.83 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 29.17 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 37.5 (Low)
    • Attacks 29.17 (Low)
    • Drug offense 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 75 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 54.17 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 20.83 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 45.83 (Moderate)
  • Living in Grand Junction - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Grand Junction is 184.58 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 62.76 (High)
    • Climate Index 54.04 (Moderate)
    • Pollution Index 19.83 (Very Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 42.5 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 68.57 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 97.22 (Very High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 3.06 (Very Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 101.7 (High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Grand Junction

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Grand Junction

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.1 USD
    • International Movie per seat 8.5 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 36.67 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 66.5 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 40 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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