St. George, Utah

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Saint George, Utah
St. George
City
Dtn st george.jpg
Nickname(s): Utah's Dixie
Location of St. George, Utah
Location of St. George, Utah
Coordinates: 37°5′43″N 113°34′41″W / 37.09528°N 113.57806°W / 37.09528; -113.57806Coordinates: 37°5′43″N 113°34′41″W / 37.09528°N 113.57806°W / 37.09528; -113.57806
CountryUnited States
StateUtah
CountyWashington
Settled1861
Incorporated1862
Named forGeorge A. Smith
Government
 • MayorJohn Pike
 • City ManagerGary Esplin
Area
 • City64.9 sq mi (168.0 km2)
 • Land64.4 sq mi (162.2 km2)
 • Water0.5 sq mi (1.2 km2)  0.72%
Elevation2,860 ft (872 m)
Population (2012)
 • City75,561
 • Density1,132.2/sq mi (433.9/km2)
 • Metro144,809
 • Metro density52/sq mi (20/km2)
DemonymSt. Georgian
Time zoneMountain (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST)Mountain (UTC-6)
ZIP Code84770, 84771, 84790, 84791
Area code(s)435
FIPS code49-65330[1]
GNIS feature ID1455098[2]
Websitewww.sgcity.org
 
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Saint George, Utah
St. George
City
Dtn st george.jpg
Nickname(s): Utah's Dixie
Location of St. George, Utah
Location of St. George, Utah
Coordinates: 37°5′43″N 113°34′41″W / 37.09528°N 113.57806°W / 37.09528; -113.57806Coordinates: 37°5′43″N 113°34′41″W / 37.09528°N 113.57806°W / 37.09528; -113.57806
CountryUnited States
StateUtah
CountyWashington
Settled1861
Incorporated1862
Named forGeorge A. Smith
Government
 • MayorJohn Pike
 • City ManagerGary Esplin
Area
 • City64.9 sq mi (168.0 km2)
 • Land64.4 sq mi (162.2 km2)
 • Water0.5 sq mi (1.2 km2)  0.72%
Elevation2,860 ft (872 m)
Population (2012)
 • City75,561
 • Density1,132.2/sq mi (433.9/km2)
 • Metro144,809
 • Metro density52/sq mi (20/km2)
DemonymSt. Georgian
Time zoneMountain (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST)Mountain (UTC-6)
ZIP Code84770, 84771, 84790, 84791
Area code(s)435
FIPS code49-65330[1]
GNIS feature ID1455098[2]
Websitewww.sgcity.org

St. George is a city located in the southwestern part of the U.S. state of Utah on the Utah-Arizona border, and the county seat of Washington County, Utah.[3] It is the principal city of and is included in the St. George Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city is 117 miles (188 km) northeast of Las Vegas, Nevada, and 303 miles (488 km) south-southwest of Salt Lake City on Interstate 15.

As of 2012, the US Census Bureau estimated St. George had a population of 75,561. St. George was the second fastest-growing metropolitan area in the United States, only after Greeley, Colorado, in 2005. This trend continued through 2007, when growth slowed substantially.[4] In 2012, the metropolitan area (defined as Washington County) had an estimated 144,809 residents.[5]

The hub of southern Utah and Utah's Dixie (a nickname given to the area when Mormon pioneers grew cotton in the warm climate), St. George is the seventh-largest city in Utah and the most populous city in the state outside of the Wasatch Front.[6] According to the U.S. Census Bureau, it had the distinction in the late 2000s of having the fastest white population growth in the nation.[7] It has been observed that the conservative social culture of the region shows, on the one hand, friction between "business-driven conservatives" and "anti-illegal immigration social conservatives," and on the other, some tensions between Mormons (by far a majority of the population) and non-Mormons.[8]

History[edit]

St. George was founded as a cotton mission in 1861 under the direction of Brigham Young, the President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church)—part of a greater church effort to become self-sufficient. While the early settlers did manage to grow cotton, it was never produced at competitive market rates; consequently, cotton farming was eventually abandoned.

At the outbreak of the American Civil War in 1861, Brigham Young organized the settlement of what is now Washington County, Utah.

Fearing that the war would take away the cotton supply, he began plans for raising enough in this western country to supply the needs of his people. Enough favorable reports had come to him from this warm country below the rim of the Great Basin, that he was convinced cotton could be raised successfully here. At the general church conference in Salt Lake City on October 6th, 1861, about three hundred families were “called" to the Dixie mission to promote the cotton industry. Most of the people knew nothing of this expedition until their names were read from the pulpit; but in nearly every case, they responded with good will, and made ready to leave within the month’s time allotted to them. The families were selected so as to ensure the communities the right number of farmers, masons, blacksmiths, businessmen, educators, carpenters, as needed.[9]

The settlement was named after George A. Smith, an apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[10]

Notable events[edit]

In April 1877, the LDS Church completed the St. George Utah Temple. It is the Church's third temple, and, currently, its longest continually operating temple.[11]

St. George was the location of the 1997 United States Academic Decathlon national finals.[12]

In January 2005, severe flooding, dubbed a 100 year flood occurred throughout the region due to prolonged heavy rainfall overflowing the Virgin River and Santa Clara River. One person was killed and 28 homes were destroyed by the raging Santa Clara River.[13] [14]

Nuclear contamination[edit]

On May 19, 1953, the United States government detonated the 32-kiloton (130 TJ) atomic bomb (nicknamed "Harry") at the Nevada Test Site. The bomb later gained the name "Dirty Harry" because of the tremendous amount of off-site fallout generated by the bomb.[15] Winds carried fallout 135 miles (217 km) to St. George, where residents reported "an oddly metallic sort of taste in the air."[16]

The Howard Hughes motion picture, The Conqueror, was being filmed in the area of St. George at the time of the detonation. The fallout is often blamed for the unusually high percentage of cancer deaths among the cast and crew.

St. George received the brunt of the fallout of above-ground nuclear testing in the Yucca Flats/Nevada Test Site northwest of Las Vegas. Winds routinely carried the fallout of these tests directly through St. George and southern Utah. Marked increases in cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma, thyroid cancer, breast cancer, melanoma, bone cancer, brain tumors, and gastrointestinal tract cancers were reported from the mid-1950s through 1980.[17][18]

A 1962 United States Atomic Energy Commission report found that "children living in St. George, Utah may have received doses to the thyroid of radioiodine as high as 120 to 440 rads" (1.2 to 4.4 Gy).[19]

Geography[edit]

The Santa Clara River Reserve is home to several hundred petroglyphs on the Tempi'po'op Trail
The red hills/Red Cliffs National Conservation Area north of St. George.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 64.9 square miles (168.0 km²), of which, 64.4 square miles (166.8 km²) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.2 km²) of it (0.72%) is water.

St. George lies in a dry desert valley of typical desert vegetation in the northeastern stretch of the Mojave Desert, with most of the city lying below 3,000 feet (900 m). Situated in a geological transition zone where the Colorado Plateau, Great Basin and Mojave Desert all converge. The Beaver Dam Mountains/Utah Hill lie to the west, Pine Valley Mountains to the north, the Colorado Plateau/Zion National Park to the east and the Arizona Strip to the south. The Virgin and Santa Clara Rivers flow through the city and confluence south of downtown near Webb Hill, beneath what is now the Dixie Drive interchange of I-15.

Prehistoric lava covered plateaus in the center of the valley naturally divide downtown from the east and west sides of the city, which created a challenge for the city's expanding grid, particularly the east-west corridors as the city's growth expanded outward from its center. The cityscape sprawls around numerous hills, mesas and natural habitat reserves throughout the St. George valley. The Red Cliffs Desert Reserve sits atop a red sandstone bluff which naturally makes up the northern boundary of the downtown or central valley section. Snow Canyon State Park borders the northwest quadrant of the city. The city is located between its suburbs of Santa Clara and Ivins to the west-northwest and Washington and Hurricane to the east.

Geology[edit]

Much of the land in and around St. George is naturally a vivid red.

In Southwestern Utah, soil and rock formations are red in appearance due to the presence of iron oxide.[20] Although portions of the older section of the city (particularly the southern part near the Virgin River) lie on floodplain alluvium, much of St. George is built directly upon Jurassic, Triassic, and Permian period sedimentary bedrock. The following formations—listed in chronological order—can be found within the city limits.

Kaibab Limestone (Permian): Grey fossiliferious limestone, exposed at the center of the Virgin River anticline along Horseman Park Drive and in the low hills to the south of South Bloomington Hills.

Moenkopi Formation (Triassic): Chocolatey-red and white banded mudstone, shale, limestone, and siltstone containing thick layers of gypsum, exposed at Bloomington, South Bloomington Hills, and the south side of Webb Hill.

Shinarump Conglomerate (Triassic): Yellow to brown cliff-forming sandstone and conglomerate containing fossilized oyster shells and petrified wood. Forms the cliff faces north of Bloomington, on Webb Hill, and along the Virgin River south of 1450 South Street. This is actually the lowest member of the Chinle formation.

Chinle Formation (Triassic): Purple, white, grey and locally green bentonitic shale weathering to clay. Because of the softness of the strata, structures built on this formation run a higher risk of settling or slippage. The Chinle formation underlies large portions of St. George, including North Bloomington Hills, much of Green Valley, and much of the east part of the city around Riverside Drive and Pine View High School.

Eubrontes, a dinosaur footprint in the Lower Jurassic Moenave Formation at the St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm, southwestern Utah.

Moenave Formation (Jurassic): Red and orange sandstone, siltstone, and mudstone. There is some confusion about distinguishing between the Springdale sandstone member of the Moenave formation and the overlying Navajo sandstone, which is similar in appearance, in the St. George area. It is now generally assumed that the red cliffs to the north of the old part of the city (north of Red Hills Parkway) and at the Dixie Red Hills golf course are part of the Moenave formation. Other exposures include cuts into the east and west Black Hills and the southern part of Dixie Downs.

Kayenta Formation (Jurassic): Red, orange, and purple sandstone, shale, and mudstone. Forms slopes below the massive Navajo sandstone in the northern part of the city including northern Dixie Downs and along Snow Canyon Parkway.

Navajo Sandstone (Jurassic): Grey to brown, red, and (in its upper layers) white massive sandstone. Forms cliff faces above Snow Canyon Parkway and white outcrops at Winchester Hills.

Basaltic lava flows from the Quaternary period form the black ridges to the east and west of the old part of St. George city. The volcanic eruptions producing these flows are thought to date back 1.2 million years.

Other points of geologic interest include the Virgin River anticline; the rock has eroded away in the center leaving sheer walls surrounding the "Purgatory Flats" area to the east of St. George. Another geologic feature is Pine Valley Mountain, composed of one solid piece of granite, it is one of the largest laccoliths in the world.

Climate[edit]

The low elevation and southwest desert location of the city of Saint George set it apart from the rest of Utah and make this city the warmest part of the state with a subtropical arid climate (Köppen BWk or BWh), featuring long, hot summers and brief, cool winters. The monthly daily average temperature ranges from 41.3 °F (5.2 °C) in December to 87.9 °F (31.1 °C) in July, while there are 60 days with 100 °F (38 °C)+ highs, 122 days with 90 °F (32 °C)+ highs (the average window is April 27 thru October 5), and 61 days where the low reaches freezing (the average window is November 12 thru March 14).[21] The highest temperature statewide, 118 °F (48 °C), was recorded in a remote area south of Saint George proper, near the Arizona border, on July 4, 2007, breaking the previous record-holder, in Saint George itself, at 117 °F (47 °C) on July 5, 1985.[21] The record high minimum temperature is 89 °F (32 °C), set on July 15, 1970, and July 3, 2013. Nighttime freezes are common during the winter due to radiative cooling. 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; the record low temperature occurred again on January 26, 1937.[21]

The city averages 8.80 inches (224 mm) of precipitation annually.[21] Precipitation is fairly evenly distributed throughout the year, except a dry period from late April through June (after the Pacific storm season but before the monsoon). Precipitation mostly comes from the Pacific Ocean from late fall through early spring. The storm track usually lifts north of the city by mid-April. The summer monsoon from the Gulf of California can bring localized but often intense thunderstorms from mid-July through mid-September. The greatest rainfall in 24 hours was 2.40 in (61.0 mm) on August 31, 1909.[21] Snow occurs uncommonly, with many seasons recording no measurable (≥0.1 in or 0.25 cm) snowfall; the normal seasonal snowfall is 1.4 in (3.6 cm).[21] It has been recorded as early as October 29 (in 1971) and as late as April 11 (in 1927).[21] The record single day snowfall is 10.0 in (25 cm), set on January 5, 1974.[21]

Climate data for Saint George, Utah (1981–2010 normals)
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Record high °F (°C)72
(22)
84
(29)
91
(33)
100
(38)
108
(42)
115
(46)
117
(47)
113
(45)
109
(43)
107
(42)
88
(31)
75
(24)
117
(47)
Average high °F (°C)53.7
(12.1)
58.8
(14.9)
67.3
(19.6)
75.2
(24)
85.8
(29.9)
95.7
(35.4)
101.4
(38.6)
99.1
(37.3)
91.7
(33.2)
77.7
(25.4)
62.9
(17.2)
51.9
(11.1)
76.8
(24.9)
Average low °F (°C)31.0
(−0.6)
35.3
(1.8)
41.6
(5.3)
48.7
(9.3)
58.7
(14.8)
67.3
(19.6)
74.5
(23.6)
72.8
(22.7)
63.2
(17.3)
49.7
(9.8)
38.0
(3.3)
30.6
(−0.8)
51.0
(10.6)
Record low °F (°C)−11
(−24)
1
(−17)
12
(−11)
18
(−8)
20
(−7)
35
(2)
41
(5)
43
(6)
25
(−4)
20
(−7)
4
(−16)
−4
(−20)
−11
(−24)
Precipitation inches (mm)1.38
(35.1)
1.26
(32)
1.18
(30)
.55
(14)
.21
(5.3)
.17
(4.3)
.48
(12.2)
.76
(19.3)
.57
(14.5)
.68
(17.3)
.71
(18)
.85
(21.6)
8.8
(223.6)
Snowfall inches (cm)0.7
(1.8)
0.3
(0.8)
0.2
(0.5)
trace0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
trace0.1
(0.3)
0.1
(0.3)
1.4
(3.6)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in)5.26.15.33.62.21.52.93.52.63.73.54.544.6
Avg. snowy days (≥ 0.1 in)0.20.20.10.10.00.00.00.00.00.00.10.20.9
Source: NOAA (extremes 1893–present)[21]

Government and infrastructure[edit]

The St. George city government is organized under a council-manager form of government. As of January, 2014, the mayor of St. George is Jon Pike. The city manager of 37 years is Gary Esplin, Assistant City Manager is Marc M. Mortensen, and council members are Gil Almquist, Jimmy Hughes, Michele Randall, Joe Bowcutt, and Bette Arial, who was appointed on Jan. 23 by the other four members to fill the seat that Jon Pike vacated when he was sworn in as mayor. City Council meetings are held on the first and third Thursdays of each month at the City Council Chambers.[22]

The U.S. Federal Courthouse, Washington County Justice Court, Juvenile Court and the Fifth District Courthouse are located downtown.

5th District Courthouse on Tabernacle St.

Healthcare[edit]

Dixie Regional Medical Center is an Intermountain Health Care hospital offering basic emergency services for the tri-state region of southern Utah, northwest Arizona and southeastern Nevada.[23] Nearest major trauma center is University Medical Center of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas, known locally as UMC.

Utilities[edit]

St. George is served by City of St. George Utilities, which serves most of the city, and Dixie Power, which serves southern suburbs of the city. Rocky Mountain Power serves parts of the greater St. George area.

Arts and culture[edit]

St. George is home to several museums and art galleries, some notable ones include the St. George Art Museum, St. George Children's Museum[24] the Rosenbruch Wildlife Museum,[25] and the St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site.[26] Coyote Gulch Art Village is in nearby Ivins.

The city is home to the Southwest Symphony Orchestra and Southern Utah Heritage Choir.[27] The St. George Arts Festival occurs each Spring, and the city sponsors an Art in the Park and a Concerts in the Park series offering a variety of music and bands at Vernon Worthen Park each summer season.

Dixie State University features the Celebrity Concert Series and annual Spring Break concert fest.

The Huntsman World Senior Games and the Boston-qualifying St. George Marathon, the 13th largest marathon in the country, attracts thousands of participants and tourists in October. Other notable events include the St. George Ironman Triathlon and the Fall Fuel Fest featuring Nitro Circus. The Washington County Fair is held each August in the County Regional Park just east of the city in Hurricane. The week-long St. George Parade of Homes showcases the area's high-end homes and architectural features each February.[28]

Notable venues include the St. George Opera House, Dixie State University is home to Burns Arena, Cox Auditorium and O.C. Tanner Amphitheater. The Dixie Convention Center, the city's largest venue, hosts concerts, meetings, and major events such as UFC Cage Fighting, The Spring Home and Garden Expo, What Women Want Expo and the Dixie Regional Transportation Expo.[29] An older historic venue offering a local music scene is The Electric Theater located on historic Tabernacle Street. Tuacahn Amphitheater features shows and concerts throughout the season in an outdoor setting amidst the red cliff walls of Snow Canyon.[30]

Economy[edit]

SkyWest Airlines is headquartered in St. George, and is the primary airline provider at the city's municipal airport.[31] Walmart has a large distribution center just outside the city and Family Dollar recently opened a distribution center in the Fort Pierce Industrial Park to better serve the southwest region of the U.S.

The Washington County School District main offices are based in the city.[32]

The Cafe Rio restaurant chain was started in St. George in 1997.[33]

A large part of the local economy comes from tourism, since St. George is in proximity to Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Grand Canyon National Park as well as several state parks and recreational areas. Year-round golf and other world-recognized annual events are also large contributors to the city's economy.

Transportation[edit]

A small section of downtown St. George and its LDS Temple, with Zion National Park/Colorado Plateau in the distance.

St. George Municipal Airport, remotely located southeast of downtown on Southern Parkway, opened in January 2011 at a cost of approximately $175 million. Currently, the city is served with daily jet service to Salt Lake City and Denver (as of June 6, 2013).[34][dated info]

St. George currently has no rail service. The Union Pacific line between Salt Lake City and Las Vegas is about 60 miles (97 km) north and west of the city.

SunTran is the city's public transportation system and operates four main routes with over sixty bus stops citywide. SunTran in conjunction with area municipalities are currently in the planning stages of expanding outside St. George city limits.[35]

Major highways[edit]

Access to Interstate 10 and Interstate 40 via U.S. Route 93, 120 miles (190 km) to the southwest, connects St. George to Phoenix.

Religion[edit]

[36]

Sports[edit]

The St. George community has been the home to two minor-league independent baseball teams. The first, the St. George Pioneerzz (originally the Zion Pioneerzz), played in the independent Western Baseball League from 1999 to 2001, winning the league championship in 2000.[citation needed] A new franchise, managed by former major league player Darell Evans, was awarded to Utah's Dixie in 2007. The team, the St. George Roadrunners, played in the independent Golden Baseball League before being taken over by the league and moved to Henderson, Nevada in 2010.[citation needed]

The city's four high schools (Dixie, Desert Hills, Pine View, and Snow Canyon) play in 3A state competition. Dixie State University, formerly Dixie State College, participates in the NCAA Division II Pacific West Conference. Some famous DSU athletes are Corey Dillon, Anton Palepoi, Reno Mahe, and Scott Brumfield, who all played in the NFL. Marcus Banks, Lionel Hollins, Keon Clark, and Mo Baker are Dixie players who played in the NBA, and former Rebels Bradley Thompson and Brandon Lyon currently play in the major leagues. Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Bruce Hurst played at Dixie High School, and later managed the now defunct Zion Pioneerzz in its inaugural season (1999).[citation needed]

Parks and recreation[edit]

St. George is home to many parks, several award-winning golf courses and recreation areas, as well as over 65 miles of urban trails.[37] Notable parks and sites include the Canyons Softball Complex; Little Valley Softball Complex; Tonaquint Nature Center featuring the Washington County Water Conservancy District Demonstration Garden; St. George Motocross Park a.k.a. SGMX, a motocross track for regional motocross races and derbys.[38] The Washington County Regional Park and fairgrounds is east of the city. The St. George area has several recreation centers; the St. George Rec Center; Washington City Rec Center in neighboring Washington, and the Sand Hollow Aquatics Center, an indoor swimming facility.[39][40] The city also has several dog parks, splash pads, urban fishing ponds and two skateparks.

Media[edit]

Radio[edit]

Call signFrequencyCity of LicenseOwnerFormatNotes
KAER089.5 FMSt. GeorgeEducational Media FoundationContemporary Christian musicAir 1
KSGU090.3 FMSt. GeorgeNevada Public RadioPublic radio
KXBN092.1 FMSt. GeorgeCherry Creek RadioTop 40/Contemporary Hit Radio
KXLI094.5 FMMoapa, NevadaRadio Activo BroadcastingSpanish
KCIN094.9 FMSt. GeorgeCherry Creek RadioCountry music
KZHK095.9 FMSt. GeorgeCanyon MediaClassic rock
KYLI096.7 FMBunkerville, NevadaAurora MediaDance Top 40Jelli-programmed; focused on Las Vegas, Nevada
KRQX098.9 FMHurricane /St. GeorgeSimmons MediaAlternative rock
KONY099.9 FMCedar CityCanyon MediaCountry music
KFUR-LP0101.1 FMSt. GeorgeLatinos Unidos BroadcastingRegional Mexican
K272AQ0102.3 FMSt. GeorgeCherry Creek RadioOldiesRepeater of KXFF, Colorado City, Arizona
KURR0103.1 FMHurricane /St. GeorgeSimmons MediaTop 40
KPLD0105.1 FMKanabCanyon MediaHot adult contemporary
KWBR-LP0105.7 FMSt. GeorgeAssociation of Community Resources and NewsSmooth Jazz
KIYK0107.3 FMSt. GeorgeCherry Creek RadioHot adult contemporary
KDXU0890 AMSt. GeorgeCherry Creek RadioTalk radio
KHKR01210 AMSt. GeorgeCherry Creek RadioSports radio
KZNU01450 AMSt. GeorgeCanyon MediaTalk radio

Newspapers[edit]

The Spectrum, which is owned by Gannett, is the local, daily newspaper; The Independent newspaper offers a monthly print edition featuring local news, arts, entertainment & events coverage. "The Independent" also provides free online daily news and an online community events calendar. St. George News (stgnews.com) is a free-access online newspaper focusing on local and regional news. The Salt Lake Tribune, Deseret Morning News, and Las Vegas Review-Journal / Las Vegas Sun are also heavily distributed in St. George and offer home delivery.

Television[edit]

St. George has only one television station licensed to the city, KMYU Channel 12, a MyNetworkTV/ThisTV affiliate.[41] The station carries the second half of CBS This Morning and CBS Face the Nation, as well as Family Feud, and has its own newscast at 7:00 p.m. each weeknight. It is carried in HD on Dish Network and DirecTV, as well as on Comcast Ch. 643 in Salt Lake City, and on Ch. 20 on local Baja Cable. KMYU (known as My Utah TV[42]) is sister station to KUTV-DT, and is operated out of KUTV's offices in Salt Lake City, although the station has a news bureau with a reporter and photographer based in St. George.

Also in St. George are the offices of Cedar City, UT-licensed[43] KCSG Channel 14, a MeTV affiliate, which broadcasts local news at 7:00PM and 9:00PM. The city also receives local TV channels from Salt Lake City with broadcast translators in the St. George area.

The Las Vegas NBC affiliate, KSNV-DT, has a local translator owned by Cherry Creek Radio, KVBT-LP channel 41, on which some of its programming airs two hours later than the same programming broadcast on Salt Lake City NBC affiliate KSL-TV.

Education[edit]

St. George is home to Dixie State University,[44] a four-year institution, of about 9,000 students (as of 2012), and Dixie Applied Technology College. In addition to the colleges, the city is also home to the College Education Centers of University of Phoenix and lesser known Stevens-Henager College.

The city of St. George is a part of the Washington County School District. St. George has four public high schools: Dixie High School, Pine View High School, Desert Hills High School, and Snow Canyon High School, as well as Millcreek Alternative High School. The city has four middle schools, three intermediate schools and numerous elementary schools.

Neighboring 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.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
CensusPop.
18701,142
18801,38421.2%
18901,377−0.5%
19001,69022.7%
19101,7694.7%
19202,27128.4%
19302,4347.2%
19403,59147.5%
19504,56227.0%
19605,13012.5%
19707,09738.3%
198011,35059.9%
199028,502151.1%
200049,72874.5%
201072,89746.6%
Est. 2012[45]75,5613.7%

In 2012, the city's population was estimated at 75,561. In September 2005, St. George was declared the second fastest-growing metropolitan area in the United States.[46][47]

As of 2011 [1], there were 27,552 households. The population density was 1,135 people per square mile. As of 2010, there were 32,089 housing units at an average density of per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 87.2% White, 0.7% African-American, 1.5% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 1.0% Pacific Islander, and 8.9% from other races. 12.8% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race.

As of the 2000 census, there were 17,367 households out of which 34.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.6% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.9% were non-families. 19.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.2% have someone living alone who is 65 years old or older. The average household size was 2.81 individuals and the average family size was 3.21.

In the city the age distribution of the population shows 28.4% under the age of 18, 13.7% from 18 to 24, 22.0% from 25 to 44, 16.8% from 45 to 64, and 19.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 94.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $36,505, and the median income for a family was $41,788. Males had a median income of $31,106 versus $20,861 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,022. About 7.4% of families and 11.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.4% of those under age 18 and 4.4% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people[edit]

Popular culture[edit]

Some movies that were filmed in St. George:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
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