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Overview of St. George, Utah, United States

St. George is a city in Utah's southwestern region. The city is the county seat of Washington County, Utah, USA. St. George is the main city of the St. George, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city is only 119 miles away from Las Vegas, Nevada. St. George was the fastest-growing metropolitan area in the U.S. from 1990-2000. It only surpassed Las Vegas by 0.6%. The trademark of the city is its geology. St. George's northern area is made up of red bluffs, while the city's center is two peaks covered in lava rocks. Recently, St. George has become a retirement destination.

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  • Population: 75,602
  • Population Density: 1,016.5/mi²
  • Area: 64.9/mi²
  • Latitude: 37.095279
  • Longitude: -113.578151
  • Weather: See Forecast
  • Elevation: 2,860 ft
  • Time Zone: Mountain Standard Time Zone
  • Language: English
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History of St. George, Utah

St. George was settled in the year 1861 and a year later it was incorporated. Brigham Young, a Mormon leader, sent settlers to Utah's far southwest corner to grow cotton and wine grapes. These were to be exported to the Civil War torn northern states. It has been suggested that the city was named after George A. Smith, an apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 1877 the construction of the St. George Utah Temple was completed. It wasn't until the mid 1980s that St. George experienced modern business boom. The farming community of St. George transformed into a prosperous business area. From 1990-1995, the city grew by 61%. In recent years, St. George was rated as one of the best retirement destinations of the nation. The city also has one of the most stable and reliable workforces of the country.

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St. George's Demographics

As of 2000, it was determined that the City of St. George held about 49,663 people, 17,367 households, and 13,042 families. The racial demographics of the city was 92.27% White, 0.24% African-American, 1.64% Native American, 0.57% Asian, 0.59% Pacific Islander, 2.87% from other races, and 1.83% from two or more races. 6.27% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race. The median income for a household then was $36,505, and the median income for a family was $41,788. The city's per capita income then was $17,022.

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St. George's Climate

St. George is the hottest region of the entire state of Utah. July's maximum daily temperatures reach 102 degrees Fahrenheit. The night time temperatures of St. George in the winter are usually below freezing. However, daytime winter temperatures warm up to the 50s degrees Fahrenheit. Because St. George is situated in a desert it experiences a dry season from late April through to June. However, overall precipitation is distributed fairly evenly throughout the year. Snow in St. George is very rare, however it is not unheard of. In fact, the city averages 3.2 inches of snow annually.

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Education in St. George, Utah

Schools within St. George are under the leadership of the Washington County School District. There are more than 18,277 students attending the 19 elementary schools, 4 middle schools and 6 high schools that are part of this school district. St. George is also home to a four year institution, Dixie State College of Utah.

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Transportation around St. George, Utah

The City of St. George is served by a general aviation airport (St. George Municipal Airport) which is located two minutes from the city's downtown. However, there has been a proposal to replace the existing airport with the construction of a new one. This new airport is to be located on the southeast side of the city. SunTran is the public transit system serving the City of St. George. The bus system offers four routes that depart from the transit centre every 40 minutes. In total St. George has 60 bus stops all over the city.

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Tourism and Attractions of St. George

St. George is a picturesque city that attracts many visitors worldwide. There are various sites of attraction throughout the city. These include: state parks, ghost towns, canyons, bays, deserts, streams, golf courses, mineral pools, tennis courts, swimming pools, pioneer building, horse back riding, bicycling, hiking and much more. There are also indoor and outdoor theatre productions, historical sites, art museums, Tours and Family Centres and shopping malls that not only tourists enjoy, but also the residents of St. George.

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Surrounding Communities

  • St. George
  • Saint George
  • Central
  • Gunlock
  • Hurricane
  • Ivins
  • La Veerkin
  • Leeds
  • Pine Valley
  • Pintura
  • Santa Clara
  • Shivwits
  • Toquerville
  • Washington
  • Virgin
  • Veyo

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Geography of St. George, Utah

The city has a total area of 64.9 square miles. Of this 64.4 square miles is land, while 0.5 square miles is water. St. George is situated at the northeastern edge of the Mojave Desert. The Santa Clara River flows through the east side of the city and merges with the Virgin River to the south. St. George is surrounded by the towns of Santa Clara, Ivins and Washington. The City of St. George is quite a picturesque city with breath taking views of mountains, red sandstone buttes, rivers, low lava and sandstone bluffs.

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St. George's Government

The municipal government of St. George is made up of a mayor, 5 city council members, and a city manager. The city's current mayor is Daniel McArthur and the city manager is Gary Esplin.

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St. George's Economy and Industry

In recent years, St. George has experienced a boom in its economy. SkyWest Airlines is a major corporation that has its headquarters in the city. In 2003, a $100 million hospital building was opened in the city by Intermountain Health Care. Tourism plays a major role for the city's economy. The city is in close proximity to various state parks (Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park) and recreational centers.

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St. George's Culture and Significant Events

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Sports in St. George, Utah

St. George was once home to two minor league baseball teams. The first team played only three seasons before folding. They were the St. George Pioneerz and played for Western Baseball League. Now, the city is home to a new team called, St. George Roadrunners. They play in the Golden Baseball League. All of the city's three high schools play in 4A state competition. St. George is also the host of two nationally known events. These are: St. George Marathon and Huntsman World Senior Games.

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Media of St. George

St. George is served by several media outlets. The Spectrum, The Dixie Weekly News, Salt Lake Tribune, Desert Morning News and Las Vegas Review-Journal / Las Vegas Sun are the newspapers that are distributed to residents of St. George. KDXU 890 is the main news radio station of St. George. There are also several other radio stations broadcasting from the city.

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