Grand County

Countywide Planning Issues

Grand County’s population (9,360) is lower than many other counties in the Coalition.  The County is seeing slow growth, but not in young families.  The Tribal component of Grand’s population is significantly lower than the Coalition average.

Socio-Economic Data: Grand County
Socio-Economic Data: Grand County
Socio-Economic Data: Grand County

Land Issues

Grand County has very little privately-controlled land as compared to the average for the Coalition counties.

Socio-Economic Data: Grand County

Grand has almost exclusively received PILT as its federal land payments over the last decade.

Socio-Economic Data: Grand County

Economic Issues

The strength of the tourism-related industries in Grand County indicate growth that is different than many other counties in the Coalition.  This creates a significant affordable housing problem.

Socio-Economic Data: Grand County
Socio-Economic Data: Grand County
Socio-Economic Data: Grand County

When compared to the rest of the Coalition area, Grand County has lower labor earnings (likely because of the dependence on recreation and tourism).  The amount of investment income is significantly higher.

Socio-Economic Data: Grand County
Socio-Economic Data: Grand County
Socio-Economic Data: Grand County

The poverty rate in Grand County is higher for both individuals and families than it is for other areas of the Coalition.

Socio-Economic Data: Grand County

Tourism plays a greater role in the Grand County economy that it does in most Coalition counties.  The seasonal nature of the industry makes Grand County particularly sensitive to recession.

Socio-Economic Data: Grand County
Socio-Economic Data: Grand County
Socio-Economic Data: Grand County

Agriculture and Mining

The presence of mining and agriculture in Grand is less significant than the average for the other counties in the Coalition.  The economic impact of agriculture is just over 1% of the Grand economy.  Livestock activity is gradually decreasing, while crop receipts slowly increase.  The mining industry has fluctuated over the last decade. 

Socio-Economic Data: Grand County
Socio-Economic Data: Grand County
Socio-Economic Data: Grand County
 

The impact of tourism creates more volatility in the Grand County economy than in many of the economies of other Coalition counties that have a greater presence of mining (i.e. coal).  The Coalition can support Grand County with projects that create new ways to move their commodities to market more efficiently.