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The economy in Grand Junction is diverse. Tourism, agriculture, health care, livestock and energy mining account for much of the employment in the area. Retail and service-based businesses also employ many residents. Families in Grand Junction have access to reputable schools and Mesa State College offers both two year and four year degree programs. Grand Junctions' location in the Grand Valley gives it both a pleasant climate and fertile soil. People come from all over the area to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables in the summer. The soil is also well suited to growing grapes and with more than 20 wineries and vineyards in the Grand Valley area, it is quickly becoming known as "Colorado's Wine Country."



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Grand Junction, western Colorado's largest town, sits at the junction of the Colorado and Gunnison Rivers, thus its nickname "River City." The cost of living in Grand Junction is low compared to the extremely high quality of life it offers. The housing market in Grand Junction is relatively stable and has even seen some small growth in recent years. Lot sizes are larger in Grand Junction than in other places and are perfect for gardens or small orchards, so homeowners do get a lot for their money.
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