Washington : Utah

Follow Me on Pinterest

What it's Like to Retire in Washington

Washington is a growing town of almost 19,000 in extreme soutwestern Utah. The popular retirement destination of St. George is nearby.   Washington itself is not a particularly interesting town. There is a downtown with a Historical Museum and impressive church (Latter Day Saints), but not much else. The population grew 129% in the last 10 years, much of that from retirees moving here. This is a very dry area with a warmer winter climate than much of Utah. The Red Cliffs National Conservation Area and Red Cliffs Desert Reserve is north of Washington, as is Zion National Park.


Where to Retire in Washington and Home Prices

The median home sold for just under $250,000 in early 2014, which probably reflects many new homes built for active adults, rather than existing housing. There are at least one big active communities in Washington, with many more in nearby St. George. See our Utah Directory for listings. Golf is a popular feature of many of these communities.


What is special about Washington

The concentration of active communities makes this an appealing area for retirement. So does the climate, which is dry and offers low humidity. The desert scenery and nearby national parks are a big draw for outdoor oriented folks. The city has at least 10 parks as well as a public golf course, the Green Spring Golf Course. There is a 110,000 sq.ft. Community Center with indoor acquatic center that is a big draw.


What is not special about Washington

Many people will find the area too remote. Las Vegas is 114 miles away, while Phoenix is more than 200. 


Who will like retirement in Washington

People who like the outdoors, golf, and living in a dry environment might like it here. The area is very Republican.


Local economy is driven by

Retirement and construction are big contributors to the economy.


Climate and Physical Environment

Washington has a hot, desert environment in summer. Winters are relatively mild for Utah. Humidity is low. Average January temperatures are in the low 40s and average July temperature in high 80s.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

There is not too much going on in Washington except for recreation and a few festivals. The Washington Historical Museum is downtown. St. George will provide more options.



The crime rate is much lower than the national average for both property and violent crime categories.


Medical facilities

Dixie Regional Medical Center in nearby St. George provides acute care and emergency services. Other hospitals are in Mesquite, NV.



Interstate 15 runs through town. St. George has a good new airport.


Valuable Links

City of Washington


What people are saying about Washington

Dear Log Cabin Lady, Good to hear from you, thanks for taking the time. We'll heed your suggestion and give Duchesne a look, as well as your MLS listing. Since you are sad to leave, if I may ask, why are you?
Posted by New Chapter on September 13, 2012
Utah retirement
Try Duchesne , Utah , weather less extreme and small town living , close to other towns with more to do and good health facilities in Roosevelt. Great place to retire. Have lovely log home we have to sell there mls1086831 , but hate having to leave!
Posted by logcabinlady on September 12, 2012
Washington in General
Here is the place to ask a question or post an opinion about retirement living in this state. Or start a new thread on a specific topic.
Posted by admin on December 01, 2006

Leave a Comment

To comment you must be a registered member of Topretirements.com

Login Here


Create Your Free Membership Account

Suggest a community we want to know about your top retirement spots
Please note that all contributions to Topretirements may be edited, altered, or removed by other contributors. If you don't want your writing to be edited mercilessly, then don't submit it here. By submitting content and/or photographs here you agree to give Topretirements.com the rights to use them in any manner without cost or attribution.You are also promising us that you wrote this yourself, or copied it from a public domain or similar free resource (see Project:Copyrights for details). DO NOT SUBMIT COPYRIGHTED WORK WITHOUT PERMISSION!
Facts about WASHINGTON
  • State: UT
  • Environment: Suburban,Desert,
  • City Population: 10,000-25,000
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 41-60
  • Avg July Temperature: 81+
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $200,001-$300,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 81-90 (low)
  • Cost of Living Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • Culture Index: 81-90 (low)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: boomer1

Can you add to or correct these Facts? Or do you have a photo of this community we could use? If so, please click on Edit these facts

Washington retirement communities
Vote on the Ratings for Washington
Update Your Ratings
1. Overall Retirement Ratings Discuss

1. Rating: 5.0/5 ( 1 vote cast)

2. Expense:
Inexpensive to Luxury Discuss

2. Rating: 5.0/5 ( 1 vote cast)

3. Taxes:
Inexpensive to Expensive Discuss

3. Rating: 4.5/5 ( 2 votes cast)

4. Culture:
None to Cosmopolitan Discuss

4. Rating: 5.0/5 ( 1 vote cast)

None to Summer camp Discuss

5. Rating: 2.0/5 ( 1 vote cast)

6. Transportation:
Boondocks to World Hub Discuss

6. Rating: 5.0/5 ( 1 vote cast)

7. Security:
Dangerous to Ft. Knox Discuss

7. Rating: 2.0/5 ( 1 vote cast)

8. Medical Facilities:
None to Excellent Discuss

8. Rating: 5.0/5 ( 1 vote cast)

9. Political Situation:
Conservative to Liberal Discuss

9. Rating: 5.0/5 ( 1 vote cast)

10. Environmental:
Oblivious to Ultra-Green Discuss

10. Rating: 3.0/5 ( 1 vote cast)


Copyright © 2006-2016 Topretirements.com. All Rights Reserved.