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Pros

-Attractive setting
-Year-round climate
-Air quality

Cons

-Isolation
-Growth and sprawl
-Arts & culture


What Bert Has To Say About Grand Junction Metro Area


Grand Junction is a small but rapidly growing town on the western desert slopes of the Rockies. It has become “discovered,” first as a pleasant alternative to Colorado Front Range hustle and bustle, particularly for retirees, more recently from migrants from all over the West. The climate is sunnier, drier, and generally more pleasant than other Colorado metropolitan areas and it has a well-preserved, western-town flavor.

Growth has pushed some suburbs north and west into the agricultural valleys toward the aptly named Fruita, with some high end individual homes and developments. That the area now touts itself as “Colorado’s Wine Country” says something about the climate and setting. The air-quality score is good, and healthcare services are above average.

Employment has been bolstered by the oil industry mainly east and construction and other services serving new arrivals. Cost of living has risen and is now about on par with local and national averages. The main downside is isolation—good air service or cultural amenities are located 250 miles east in Denver or 280 miles west in Salt Lake City, Utah. Grand Junction does not excel in any category but does consistently well in all of them.

The town is located at the junction of the Colorado and Gunnison rivers in a large mountain valley on the west slope of the Rockies. Distant mountains on all sides reach heights of 9,000 feet to 12,000 feet from the valley floor while low red-rock bluffs dominate the landscape closer in. Dry conditions lead to desert-fringe vegetation and an arid landscape. The area has a semiarid climate marked by the wide seasonal range typical of interior localities at this latitude.

The surrounding mountains block severe weather changes. Summer days are warm, usually in the 90s, but with very low humidity and an occasional thundershower. Long periods of winter cold can occur when cold air gets trapped in the valley. Sudden winter storms are infrequent and winter snows are light. First freeze is mid-September, last is late May


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Quick Facts About Grand Junction


    ECONOMY
    The unemployment rate in Grand Junction is 7.90 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Negative. Grand Junction jobs have Decreased by 0.55 percent.
    COST OF LIVING
    Compared to the rest of the country, Grand Junction's cost of living is 1.30% Higher than the U.S. average.
    POPULATION
    As of 2014, Grand Junction's population is 58,867 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 9.98 percent.
    TRANSPORTATION
    Average Commute time is 17 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    REAL ESTATE
    The median home cost in Grand Junction is $173,900. Home appreciation the last year has been 5.60 percent.
    SCHOOLS
    Grand Junction public schools spend $8,953 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 18.7 students per teacher in Grand Junction.

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re: Grand Junction - Pros/Cons - 4/6/2008
GJ has a nice climate and is a paradise for the outdoor oriented. If you have kids avoid central GJ public schools - not so good. As a rule the natives are creeps but... (read more)
A nice place to live
I lived in Grand Junction for 4 years until 2010. It was a great place to be raising my small children since there is a huge amount of things for a family to do. The... (read more)
Great place for those retired
I have lived in the Grand Valley for over 26 years. I have family and friends, great friends that live here. People that visit here, are astounded by the beauty of the... (read more)
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