Grand Junction (Colorado)

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Coordinates 39°04′N 108°34′W
Country United States
State Colorado
County Mesa County seat
Incorporated July 22, 1882
Named for Confluence of Grand River and Gunnison River
Elevation 4,593 ft (1,397 m)
Time zone UTC−07:00 (MST)
ZIP Codes 81501–81507
Area code(s) 970
FIPS code 08-31660
GNIS feature ID 0204662
Highways I-70, U.S. Highway 6, U.S. Highway 50, CO SH 340, CO SH 141, CO SH 139
Government (Type) Home Rule Municipality
Government (Mayor) Chuck McDaniel
Government (City Manager) Greg Caton
Government (Total) 40.077 sq mi (103.799 km2)
Government (Land) 39.634 sq mi (102.652 km2)
Government (Water) 0.443 sq mi (1.147 km2)
Area (Total) 40.077 sq mi (103.799 km2)
Area (Land) 39.634 sq mi (102.652 km2)
Area (Water) 0.443 sq mi (1.147 km2)
Population (2020) (Total) 65,560
Population (2020) (Density) 1,654/sq mi (639/km2)
Population (2020) (Metro) 155,703

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Grand Junction is a home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. The city population was 65,560 at the 2020 United States Census, making Grand Junction the 17th most populous Colorado municipality and the most populous city in western Colorado. Grand Junction is 247 miles (398 km) west-southwest of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver. The city has a council–manager form of government. It is a major commercial and transportation hub within the large area between the Green River and the Continental Divide, and the largest city in Colorado outside of the Front Range Corridor. The city is along the Colorado River, at its confluence with the Gunnison River, which comes in from the south. "Grand" refers to the historical Grand River; it was renamed the Upper Colorado River in 1921. "Junction" refers to the confluence of the Colorado and Gunnison rivers. Grand Junction has been nicknamed "River City". It is 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. The valley was long occupied by the Ute people and earlier indigenous cultures. It was not settled by European-American farmers until the 1880s. Since the late 20th century, several wineries have been established in the area.

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