Mesa County, CO

Countywide Planning Issues

Mesa County’s population (146,723) is significantly higher than other counties in the Coalition, and has grown faster than those counties in recent years. The Tribal component of Mesa’s population is significantly lower than the coalition average. 

Socio-Economic Data: Mesa County, CO
Socio-Economic Data: Mesa County, CO
Socio-Economic Data: Mesa County, CO

Land Issues

Mesa County has very little tribal or state lands, and has more privately-controlled land than the average for the Coalition counties.

Socio-Economic Data: Mesa County, CO

While Mesa has received positive PILT payments, they have seen a slow decline in Forest Service land payments in recent years.

Socio-Economic Data: Mesa County, CO

Economic Issues

The primary industries in Mesa County are similar to other counties in the Coalition (retail trade, healthcare, and government). However, the significant inflow of earnings indicates that many residents in Mesa commute to employment outside of the County. 

Socio-Economic Data: Mesa County, CO
Socio-Economic Data: Mesa County, CO

When compared to the rest of the Coalition area, Mesa County seems to have a similar proportion of retirees in its economy, though the amount of labor earnings is lower. 

Socio-Economic Data: Mesa County, CO

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

Socio-Economic Data: Mesa County, CO

Tourism plays a similar role in the Mesa County economy that it does in most Coalition counties. However, the impact of Grand Junction can be seen in some of the make-up of Mesa’s tourism-related industries. 

Socio-Economic Data: Mesa County, CO
Socio-Economic Data: Mesa County, CO

Agriculture and Mining

The presence of mining and agriculture in Mesa is less, but at a similar proportion to the Coalition. The mining industry is growing in Mesa. The impact of agriculture on the Mesa economy has been steady for decades.

Socio-Economic Data: Mesa County, CO
Socio-Economic Data: Mesa County, CO
Socio-Economic Data: Mesa County, CO
Socio-Economic Data: Mesa County, CO
 

The unincorporated areas of Mesa County are very similar to those of the Coalition. The Coalition can support Mesa County with projects that create new ways to move their commodities to market more efficiently.