Cedar City : Utah

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What it's Like to Retire in Cedar City

Cedar City, Utah, with a population of just under 30,000, is located in southwestern Utah's Great Basin. Fourteen parks and plenty of yearly festivals provide for Cedar City's entertainment. The historical downtown is lovely and has some good offerings. Southern Utah University (SUU) makes Cedar City a college town. With nearby Dixie National Forest nearby the community has a healthy mix of outdoor opportunities with nearby  - hiking and skiing being the best - and cultural ones.
Photo of historic downtown courtesy of Cory Maylett and Wikipedia.

Where to Retire in Cedar City and Home Prices

We are not aware of any active adult communities in Cedar City.  According to Zillow, the median listing price of a home in mid-2016, was $209,000.


What is special about Cedar City

Cedar City hosts no less than 17 festivals a year including the Skyfest, with hot air balloons.  Its access to the outdoors is definitely a top attraction.

What is not special about Cedar City

The area has a high earthquake risk factor, and there isn't a lot of ethnic diversity.  For non Mormons, the concentration of people with that religion (70%) might be a negative.  Social security income is taxed.

Who will like retirement in Cedar City

Retirees who like a small college town with lots of outdoor activities would enjoy living here.


Local economy is driven by

tourism, education, and health care.

Climate and Physical Environment

Winters are very cold and the summers get quite warm. The elevation is high at 5,800'.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The University  University (SUU) contributes to the cultural scene. Some of its attractions include the American Folk Ballet, Halverson String Quartet and Orchestra of Southern Utah. The Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery and the Cedar City Arts Council also add to local culture. The restaurants are good, but not a huge draw. There is a local library.


Crime in Cedar City is a little over half the national average.

Medical facilities

Valley View Medical Center was named a national top 100 hospital for three consecutive years.


There is a Cedar City Regional Airport ; the city is serviced by Cedar Area public transportation.

Valuable Links

Cedar City on Wikipedia

Town of Cedar City


What people are saying about Cedar City

Seems like a nice city
We are seriously considering retiring in Cedar city. I look forward to inputs from residents.
Posted by Twostory on August 13, 2014

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Facts about CEDAR CITY
  • State: UT
  • Environment: College Town,Small Town,Outdoor Oriented,
  • City Population: 25,001-50,000
  • Median age of Population: 0-24
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 21-40
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $100,000-$200,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 81-90 (low)
  • Cost of Living Index: 81-90 (low)
  • Culture Index: 111-120 (high)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide:

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