When you stop to think about it, you realize that everybody has a story.

The more people I meet, the more I realize the Grand Junction community is a blend of transplants and natives. I think it's safe to say that most of the people I know personally are not originally from Grand Junction and many of them came here from other states. I'm always curious to know what brought them here.

People Are Moving In and Out of Colorado

Here is an interesting factoid. According to move.org, Colorado is one of the top states people moved to in 2021 - and it's also one of the top states people moved away from. Colorado ranked #5 in the nation of states people moved to and #7 on the list of states people moved away from.

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Why Do People Move To Another State?

There are four primary reasons why people make a move. According to move.org, 34% of people who moved in 2021 did so for family reasons, 26% made a move because of their career, 20% wanted a lifestyle change, and 20% moved for economic reasons.

When asked about secondary reasons for moving, 45% of people who moved in 2021 said they were looking for a lower cost of living. Another 43% wanted to live somewhere with a better culture, while 39% moved for political reasons. Other leading factors that contributed to Americans moving to a new location included lower taxes, better weather, and climate change.

I can think of a lot of reasons why some people want to come to Colorado including recreational opportunities in the mountains, professional sports teams, recreational marijuana, and great western Colorado weather. Of course, sometimes it truly does have to do with things like jobs and family.

Where People From Grand Junction Came From

Recently, I asked our listeners to tell us where they lived before coming to Grand Junction - and what it was that brought them here. Scroll on to see some of the responses we received.

Top 30 Things to Do in Grand Junction in 2022

According to TripAdvisor.com, these are the top 30 things to do in Grand Junction in 2022:

You Know You're From Colorado When...

We all remember the Jeff Foxworthy jokes back in the day "you might be a redneck". What made those ridiculous stereotypes so funny is because they had just a tiny bit of truth to them. Well along those same lines I wanted to highlight a few ways of thinking that everyone from Colorado has. They are not bad things, just the way we do things and go about our business around here.

So here is a list of ways 'You Know You're From Colorado':