Learn about St. George, Utah. Below you can find community information, including vital statistics, information on local schools as well as resources for finding real estate listings and homes for sale in St George.
The Utah Population Estimates Committee stated in 2005 that 65,968 people lived in the city, while the U.S. Census Bureau has estimated that its 2005 population was 64,201. Both of these estimates place it as the 8th-largest city in Utah, up from 10th-largest in 2000.
St. George lies along interstate 15 with a host of smaller communities that make up Utah’s Dixie. The advantages of St. George’s position along one of the nation’s key north-south routes between California and places such as Salt Lake City, Denver and Albuquerque is making St. George one of the nation’s fastest growing communities. The scenic area not only provides easy access to major markets of the western United States, it has become a destination point for countless people and businesses looking for a better way of life and more fruitful atmosphere for growth and prosperity.
By the end of the decade, the St. George – Zion National Park areas of Washington County were rated among the best communities in the country to retire by Rand McNalley, Prentice Hall, Money and the American Association of Retired People. As a result there was a large amount of construction of new homes in the St. George area.
The unprecedented growth experienced in the county has not been limited to retirees, however. Young working families joined the migration to Utah’s Dixie to establish one of the most stable and reliable work forces in the nation. They came for the climate, the scenic beauty, the family atmosphere and explosive job opportunities. Much of the growth is due to the area’s competitive construction rates and low crime.
Along with its increasing population, the economy of St. George and surrounding areas has boomed in recent years.
Some of St. George’s larger corporations include SkyWest Airlines, which has its corporate headquarters in St. George. Wal-Mart has a large distribution center located near St. George. Intermountain Health Care opened a new $100 million hospital in 2003. The hospital, Dixie Regional Medical Center, is a 420,000 square foot, 196 bed facility.
St. George is home to Dixie State College of Utah, a four-year institution. It is also home to three high schools, Pine View High School, Dixie High School and Snow Canyon High School, as well as a number of elementary and intermediate schools. New high schools are in the planning stages to meet the area’s rapidly growing student population. Nearby Ivins is home to Utah’s first charter high school, Tuacahn High School for the Performing Arts, which provides an alternative education with no tuition costs to any Utah resident. Due to the recent population explosion in St. George, several plans are being made for new schools to be constructed in the very near future, including a new high school.
Because of the city’s low elevation and southerly location, St. George is the hottest part of the state, with maximum daily July temperatures averaging about 102°F (39°C). The hottest temperature ever recorded in Utah, 117°F (47°C), was recorded in St. George on July 5, 1985. The record high minimum temperature is 89°F (32°C), set on July 15, 1970. In winter, temperatures frequently drop below freezing overnight (due to radiational cooling resulting from low humidity), but temperatures warm into the 50s°F (low 10s°C) during the day. Both the record low temperature of -11°F (-24°C) and record low maximum temperature of 17°F (-8°C) were set on January 22, 1937.
St. George lies in a desert and averages 8.27 in (210 mm) of precipitation annually. Precipitation is fairly evenly distributed throughout the year, except for late April-June. Precipitation mostly comes from the Pineapple Express during late fall, winter, and early spring. The summer monsoon from the Gulf of California can bring localized but often intense thunderstorms from mid-July through mid-September. One such storm dropped the record single day precipitation in the city, with 2.39 in (61 mm) on August 31, 1909. Snow is rare, but not unheard of, averaging 3.2 in (8.1 cm) annually. It has been recorded as early as October 29 (in 1971) and as late as April 11 (in 1927). The record single day snowfall is 10.0 in (25.4 cm), set on January 5, 1974.