Population boom across the state

Published: Mar. 25, 2016 at 10:16 PM MDT
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More people are moving to the Colorado. Mesa County saw a growth of 623 people in 2015.

"Work brought me here," Steve Shuey said

"When I was here I fell in love with it," Marcie Murdock said.

"I came down here because it's a great location sandwiched between the canyons and the mountains," Nolan McDonald said.

More people are moving to the Grand Valley.

"A lot of new houses, a little more traffic," Shuey said.

Since 2011 more than 1032 people have moved to the area.

Mark Wingerter works as a broker associate at Bray Real Estate. He has helped people from all over find homes in Grand Junction.

"People moving in from California, from the Front Range, I’ve got one client from Oklahoma that just moved in here," Wingerter said.

People are moving here for jobs even with the recent decline in the oil and gas industry.

"The younger crowd is certainly moving here for jobs," Wingerter said

Jobs in the medical field are bringing people to Grand Junction and keeping them here.

"I’m seeing a lot of 20s, like late 20s, 30s, early 40s moving in,” Wingerter said. “Those people are typically moving in for jobs, a lot of them, nurses, doctors, stuff like that.”

Most of Colorado’s 100,000 new residents are on the Front Range. The increase has allowed housing prices to soar in Denver. Prices on the Western Slope are still much lower.

"In the Denver market right now you've got really really low inventory and a ton of people moving in," Wingerter said.

It's a good time to sell your house, but difficult to buy. Another reason adventurous people are coming to Grand Junction.

"A lot of people that want to get out and play more want to not be strapped with a huge house payment," Wingerter said.

"I love the weather, I love that it's Colorado, but its not the craziness that Denver, fort Collins and boulder is today,” McDonald said.