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See additional data and information on the Grand Junction Economic Partnership website or on the Business Incubator Center website.

  MAJOR EMPLOYERS

Spring 2010

Company: 

Number of Employees: 

 Mesa County School District #51 

3,000 

 St. Mary’s Hospital & Medical Center 

2,068

 State of Colorado 

995

 Mesa County - All Departments 

980

 Wal-Mart 

859

 Halliburton Energy

700 

 Mesa State College 

699

 City of Grand Junction     

672

 Star Tek USA, Inc. 

600 

 City Markets, Inc 

565

 Community Hospital

555 

 Hilltop Community Resources, Inc. 

526

 Family Health West 

447 

 Rocky Mountain Health Plans 

355

 Mesa Developmental Services 

300 

 West Star Aviation 

290 

 Choice Hotels 

251 

 McDonald's

224 

 The Daily Sentinel 

220

 United Companies 

202 

 Cabela's

200

 Union Pacific Railroad

187

 Home Depot 

145

 GJ Pipe and Supply 

124

 Leitner-Poma of America 

106

 Source: Grand Junction Economic Partnership 

(Retrieved Dec. 30, 2010) 

COST OF LIVING 

 Compared to the national average of 100, the average cost of living was 100.0 according to the ACCRA 2009 3rd Quarter Cost of Living Index for the Grand Junction Metropolitan Statistical Area.  

 Miscellaneous Goods and Services  

 97.3  

 Transportation  

 100.1  

 Housing   

 101.3  

 Health Care  

 104.9  

 Utilities  

 88.3  

 Grocery Items  

 105.2  

 TOTAL (AVERAGE):  

 100.0 

LABOR FORCE 

Total Labor Force 

81,125 

Employed Persons 

74,640 

Unemployed Persons 

6,485 

Unemployement Rate 

8.0% 

2009 BUILDING PERMITS 

 

CITY: 

COUNTY: 

Residential 

240 

296 

Industrial/Commercial 

42 

20 

Total Permits 

1,481 

1,511 

Total Value 

$95,137,786 

$75,200,185 

Source: Mesa County Building Dept. 

MESA COUNTY REAL ESTATE AVERAGES 

 

2007 

2008 

2009* 

Total Sold 

3,759 

2,883 

1,862 

Total Value 

$934 million 

$725 million 

$426 million 

All Residential (median price) 

$220,000 

$226,700 

$204,000 

3-Bedroom (median price) 

$218,000 

$219,950 

$208,000 

Condo/Townhome 

$167,691 

$172,000 

$167,250 

All Commercial 

$324,000 

$412,500 

$307,500 

Vacant Land 

$92,500 

$96,000 

$69,900 

*Annualized based on data through November 2009 

Source: Bob Reece, President of Advance Title Company 


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