Saint George, Utah is the 7th largest city in Utah. It has become one of the more popular retirement communities in this state. Located in extreme southwestern Utah, it has spectacular red rock bluffs overlooking the town, a mild climate in winter, and terrific recreational opportunities such as hiking in the nearby Zion National Park and many golf courses. The population of the city almost doubled from the year 2000 to over 75,000 people - the area now has about 110,000. The Metro area is one of the fastest growing areas in the U.S.
Our innkeeper at a recent stay was a transplant from Los Angeles. Though in her 40s she raved about St. George as a place to live, both for younger people and retirees. The vital downtown, pleasant streets, plentiful restaurants, many active communities with their golf courses, low crime rate, and bustling new airport were just some of the reasons why she chose to live here. One reason why St. George has attracted retirees is that religiously it is more diverse than most other locations in Utah, except for Park City. Although there is strong Mormon presence, people of other faiths are also here in significant numbers. St. George is called Utah's Dixie because of its southern location and the cotton traditionally grown here. For more information about how to retire in Utah or towns like Park City
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Where to Retire in ST GEORGE and Home Prices
Developers of active adult communities are targeting Saint George. According to Zillow, the Home Value Index was $271,219 in early 2018. The market is recovering and new construction starts have increased substantially. See link at left for information about St. George Active Communities.
What is special about ST GEORGE
Brigham Young spent the summers in the last few years of his life here. Mount Zion National Park; 8 nearby golf courses; miles of hiking and biking trails; Tuachan outdoor ampitheater presents 3 broadway productions each summer and concert series which bring big names in music; tree-lined streets; St. George is the regional health care center; Red cliffs provide outstanding scenery and beautiful blue skies with occasional puffy white clouds and clean air. The downtown has some good restaurants and shopping areas.
What is not special about ST GEORGE
This area is growing so fast that not all of it has been attractive. Although winters are mild, summers can be very hot. If you are not LDS, it might be off-putting that more than half of the population is of that faith however it helps make a very safe and pleasant place to live! St. George is almost perfect but it is downwind from Nevada atomic bomb test site which caused problems in the past (Google downwinders for info). The approval of a gypsum mine near St. George caused controversy in mid-2012 but does not impact everyday life in the residential areas.
Who will like retirement in ST GEORGE
Retirees from all over the country are moving to Saint George for its warm climate and beautiful scenery. Although the majority of residents are LDS, there are least 24 other churches present in the area and many faiths are now represented. Active planned communities like Entrada and Sunriver do not have a majority of practicing Mormons. Residents are of all faiths. Use this reference for profiles of state retirement guides
St. George is located at 2,840 feet above sea level in an area of spectacular red cliffs and bluffs. Mt. Zion National Park is nearby. Winters are mild and summers very hot. However, it usually cools off at night and the mornings are beautiful. St. George Google Map
Restaurants & Cultural Scene
There is a local 4 year college. St George has an outstanding Professional Theater in the Tuachan theater. There is a celebrity concert series in the Spring and fall. The St George Musical Theater is a civic theater with major productions each year. There is an Opera House although we couldn't tell how active it is. St. George is home to Dixie State College of Utah, a four-year institution with some cultural events. And there is always Vegas, just 2 hours away for every imaginable entertainment and Mesquite Nevada is only 30 minutes away with 3 nice casinos. Virtually every chain restaurant franchise you can think of is represented in town. Downtown some interesting local eateries include George's Restaurant, the Painted Pony, and the Pizza Factory.
The crime rate in St. George is about 200 vs. a national average just over 300.
Dixie Medical Center is the main hospital for this part of southern Utah.
I 15 runs through town. The nearest airport of any size is Las Vegas, 115 miles to the south. 3 Shuttle services run multiple trips to and from the Vegas airport. The brand new St George airport is very convenient and services LAX with United Express and SLC with Delta Express. Las Vegas Airport is 2 hours away.
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