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The word "Junction" refers to the confluence of the Colorado and Gunnison rivers. The city is located near the midpoint of a 30-mile (48 km) arcing valley, known as the Grand Valley; since the late 19th century it has been a major fruit-growing region.
Snowfall is low compared to much of the rest of the state, averaging 19.1 inches (49 cm) per season; only once in the entire period of record dating to 1893, has observed 10 inches (25 cm) in a calendar day, though the median is 6.3 inches (16.0 cm), and moreover, snow cover is intermittent. Spring warming is gradual but quickens when nearing June; the average last freeze date is April 24.
Grand Junction serves as a major commercial and transportation hub within the large area between the Green River and the Continental Divide.
It is the principal city of the Grand Junction Metropolitan Statistical Area which had a population of 146,723 in 2010 census.
The city is located along the Colorado River, at its confluence with the Gunnison River which comes in from the south.
The name "Grand" refers to the historical Grand River; it was renamed as the Upper Colorado River in 1921.