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St George
Washington County, Utah


Utah's Dixie
Where the summer sun spends the winter

Page Contents for St George, Utah

Statistics & Facts


Weather & Climate

History & History-related items

City Attractions



Chamber of Commerce.

Community news

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Statistics & Facts

The Utah state capital is Salt Lake City.
The population of St George is approximately 72,555 (2009).
The approximate number of families is 21,083 (2000).
The amount of land area in St George is 162.2 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in St George is 64.9 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 1.2 sq kilometers.
The distance from St George to Washington DC is 2077 miles.
The distance to the Utah state capital is 275 miles. (as the crow flies)
St George is positioned 37.07 degrees north of the equator and 113.57 degrees west of the prime meridian.
St George elevation is 2,800 feet above sea level.
St George per capita income is $ 20,733 (2008).
St George median income is $ 48,952 (2008).
The St George median home price is $ 257,500 (2008).
St George average annual rainfall is 8.8 inches per year
The average high temperature is 95-100 degrees F.
The average winter temperature is 41.7 degrees F.
The average spring temperature is 61.4 degrees F.
The average summer temperature is 86.2 degrees F.
The average fall temperature is 63.7 degrees F.


six miles from the Arizona border in southern Utah. It is about 129 miles from Las Vegas, Nevada. Nearby communities include Washington, Santa Clara, Ivins, Leeds, Hurricane, Toquerville and La Verkin
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semi-arid with two separate rainfall seasons in the early spring and late summer. Low humidity makes higher summer temperatures bearable. The Southern Utah climate features bright sunshine, low annual precipitation, clean air and a wide daily temperature range. Another attractive feature is mild winters and infrequent traces of snowfall which rarely stay on the ground more than a day. There are usually over 300 days of sunshine each year.

Here is a climate summary page for St. George. Also, try this climate page for St. George.
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moderate. Learn all about St. George weather on this weather page
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History & History Related Items

Mormon Church leader, Brigham Young, visited the area in May of 1861. He looked out onto the bare valley and said, "There will yet be built between those volcanic ridges a city with spires, towers...and homes with many inhabitants." In October, 1861, Brigham Young called 309 Mormon families from the northern Utah area to settle in the St. George area. President Young challenged these settlers to make this new territory the best it could be and to have it become self-sufficient. He hoped this could be done by growing and harvesting cotton.

By 1852, the first community was established in the area. It was named New Harmony. President Young gave his personal attention to the growth of this area, having named it before the area was even settled for Elder George A. Smith, then presiding over the Iron Mission in the Parowan and Cedar City areas. The first Mormon temple in the west was built in St. George in 1877. Brigham Young also established a winter home in St. George from which he administered the affairs of the Church.

There is much history in St. George with many historical sites and buildings. Among these are: The old Washington County Courthouse, completed in 1876. St. George was named the County Seat for Washington County on January 14, 1863. The St. George Social Hall or Opera House opened in 1875. Cultural Arts were very important to the early settlers. The Woodward School was completed in 1901. It was built of lava rock. It was named after George Woodward, a childless benefactor of the school. A historical walking tour of St. George is available. This tour takes you to all of the local historical sites in St. George. The area is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy year-round recreation and relaxation. There are over 8 golf courses with more in the planning stages. There are many facilities which cater to the snowbirds who come to escape the cold northern winters.

History of the Bloomington area of St. George
The area was first used for farming by the Mormon Pioneers south of their settlements in St. George. The many years of flooding discouraged those farming and they abandoned the site. Only a few people remained to raise sheep and cattle. A planned community was begun around 1960 with homes, a golf course, country club and other amenities, but financial problems struck causing the new community to cease its efforts to incorporate. It was later annexed into the city of St. George.

The Bloomington Plaque tells about the early history of the Bloomington area. The plaque is next to the Man of War Bridge where it crosses the Virgin River.

Here is a History page for the city. Also try this history page for the area. Another history page for St. George.

This page is an excerpt from a newspaper article on how St. George was named.
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The settling of St George


The incorporation of St George



Brigham Young Winter Home
67 W. 200 North
St. George, UT 84770
Phone: 435-673-5181
Built around 1873, the home is restored and is furnished with period antiques. Guided tours are available

George Utah Temple and Visitors Center
490 South 300 East
St. George, UT 84770
Phone: 435-673-5181
built in 1877

Daughters of Pioneers Museum
143 N. 100 East
St. George, Utah 84770
Phone: 435-628-7274
Pioneer memorabilia from the years 1847-1870. See clothing, photographs, tools and more.

Jacob Hamblin Home
On US Hwy 91 about 3 miles west of town.
Phone: 435-673-2161
This home was built in 1863. Jacob Hamblin was well-known for his peace making with the local indians. Both the furnishings and other items on display are from the 1880's.

See photos of St. George and the area.

Bryce Canyon National Park and Zion National Park. The Grand Canyon National Park may also be reached from here.

The Dixie National Forest

The Dixie Center
1835 Convention Center Dr.
St. George, UT 84790
Phone: 435-628-7003
Toll-free: 800-748-5011

The Rosenbruch Wildlife Museum and Gift Shop
1835 Convention Center Drive, Suite B
St. George, UT 84790
Phone: 435-656-0033

Tuacahn Amphitheatre
1100 Tuacahn Drive
Ivins, Utah 84738
Box Office: 800-746-9882
Northwest of St. George

Dinosaur Discovery at Johnson Farm
A Jurassic pre-history attraction in St. George, Utah

DinosaurAH!torium, a 5019c)3 for the benefit of the public has been working to save dinosaur evidence of life in southern Utah 204 million years ago. Since Dr. Sheldon Johnson discovered this amazing scientific site, over 800,000 visitors from every state and from 86 nations have visited this Jurassic home to flora and fauna. New animals and plants are constantly being discovered as science goes on. 1.2 million dollars are in place for the first phase of a building to house some of these amazing fossils, including detailed casts of dinosaurfeet, and dinosaur teeth with serrated edges. A 65 foot long rock panel shows proof that dinosaurs swam. Corprolite shows evidence that fish (some four feet long) were consumed as part of their diet. Visitors are welcome. Donations are needed to continue construction of what will be one of the outstanding attractions in America for those who are intrigued with the science of dinosaurs and other animals that once lived on earth.
2180 E. Riverside Drive
St. George, UT
Phone: 435-574-3466 (DINO)

St George Art Museum
200 North 47 East
St George, Utah 84770
Phone: 435-627-4525
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Economy & Industry

diverse. Much of the economy is now based on Tourism and outdoor recreation. Many businesses are found here and in neighboring areas. Skywest Airlines has it's large center in St. George employing a large number of people.

Washington County Economic Development Council
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St George City Government

City of St. George, Utah

City Hall
175 E. 200 North
St. George, UT 84770-5800
Phone: (435)-627-4000


St George is the county seat for Washington County.
County Offices
197 East Tabernacle
St. George, UT 84770

St George Chamber

St. George Area Chamber of Commerce
Historic Pioneer Courthouse
97 East St. George Boulevard
St. George, UT 84770
Phone: (435) 628-1658

St George Community News

The Spectrum online news

St George Community Events

Annual St. George Art Festival
held each year with over 100 booths from fine artists. Live entertainment, food and festivities.

October each year
St. George Marathon
One of the largest marathons in the intermountain West, starting in the Pine Valley Mountains. The course goes by the red cliffs of Snow Canyon State Park and finishes up at Worthen Park in St. George.

St George Organizations

St. George Area Chamber of Commerce
Historic Pioneer Courthouse
97 East St. George Boulevard
St. George, UT 84770
Phone: (435) 628-1658

St George Libraries

Washington County Library
50 S. Main
St. George, UT 84770
Phone: 435-634-5737

St George Schools

Washington County School District
121 West Tabernacle
St. George, UT 84770
Phone: (435) 673-3553

Schools in St. George with websites listed for some.

Dixie State College of Utah
225 South 700 East
St. George, Utah 84770
Phone: 435-652-7500
Dixie College, founded in 1911. St George


The populaton of St. George was:
1870 - 1,142
1880 - 1,384
1890 - 1,377
1900 - 1,690
1910 - 1,769
1920 - 2,271
1930 - 2,434
1940 - 3,591
1950 - 4,562
1960 - 5,130
1970 - 7,097
1980 - 11,350
1990 - 28,502
2000 - 49,728
2007 - 72,718
2009 - 72,555

Population Density:
2000 - 1,016 persons per square mile

Median age:
2000 - 31.4 years Number of Housing Units:
2000 - 21,083

Median Household Income:
2000 - $ 36,505
2008 - $ 48,952

Per Capita Income:
2000 - $ 17,022 2008 - $ 20,733

Median house value:
2000 - $ 135,100
2008 - $ 257,500

St George is located in the Mountain Time Zone and does participate in daylight savings time during a portion of the year.

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