St. George is a city in and the county seat of Washington County, Utah, United States. Located in southwestern Utah on the Arizona border, it is the principal city of the St. George Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). The city lies in the northeasternmost part of the Mojave Desert, immediately south of the Pine Valley Mountains, which mark the southern boundary of the Great Basin. St. George lies slightly northwest of the Colorado Plateau, which ends at the Hurricane Fault.[6] The city is 118 miles (190 km) northeast of Las Vegas, Nevada, and 300 miles (480 km) south-southwest of Salt Lake City, Utah, on Interstate 15.

St. George, Utah
Overlook of downtown St. George and adjacent Pine Valley Mountains
Overlook of downtown St. George and adjacent Pine Valley Mountains
Flag of St. George, Utah
Official seal of St. George, Utah
Nickname(s): 
Utah's Dixie, (the) STG
Motto: 
It's The Brighter Side
Location within Washington County
Location within Washington County
Coordinates: 37°06′15″N 113°35′03″W / 37.10417°N 113.58417°W / 37.10417; -113.58417
CountryUnited States
StateUtah
CountyWashington
Founded1861
IncorporatedJanuary 17, 1862
Named forGeorge A. Smith
Government
 • TypeMayor – Council
 • MayorMichelle Randall
 • City ManagerJohn Willis
Area
 • City77.151 sq mi (199.820 km2)
 • Land77.148 sq mi (199.811 km2)
 • Water0.003 sq mi (0.076 km2)  0.72%
Elevation2,697 ft (822 m)
Population
 • City95,342
 • Estimate 
(2022)[4]
102,519
 • RankUS: 320th
UT: 5th
 • Density1,329.0/sq mi (513.1/km2)
 • Urban
134,109 (US: 255th)
 • Urban density2,198.0/sq mi (848.5/km2)
 • Metro
197,680 (US: 234th)
 • Metro density81.40/sq mi (31.44/km2)
DemonymSt. Georgian
Time zoneUTC–7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC–6 (MDT)
ZIP Codes
84770, 84771, 84790, 84791
Area code435
FIPS code49-65330
GNIS feature ID1455098[2]
Sales tax6.75%[5]
Websitesgcity.org

The population was 95,342 at the 2020 census,[3] with the overall MSA having an estimated population of 180,279. St. George is the fifth-largest city in Utah and most populous city in the state outside of the Wasatch Front.

The city was settled in 1861 as a cotton mission, earning it the nickname "Dixie". While the crop never became a successful commodity, the area steadily grew in population. Between 2000 and 2005, St. George emerged as the fastest growing metropolitan area in the United States.[7] Today, the St. George region is well known for its year-round outdoor recreation and proximity to several state parks, Zion National Park and The Grand Canyon. Utah Tech University is located in St. George and is an NCAA Division I institution.

History edit

 
Brigham Young Winter Home and Office in St. George

St. George was founded as part of the cotton mission in 1861 under the direction of Latter Day Saint apostle Erastus Snow. At the outbreak of the American Civil War, Brigham Young accelerated the colonization effort:

Fearing that the war would take away the cotton supply, he began plans for raising enough in this southwestern country to supply the needs of his people. Enough favorable reports had come to him from this warm region 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.[8]

The settlement was named after George A. Smith, an LDS Church apostle.[9]

In April 1877, the LDS Church completed the St. George Utah Temple. It was the church's third temple and is the oldest still in active use. [10]

The 1992 St. George earthquake destroyed three houses as well as above- and below-ground utilities, causing about US$1 million in damage.[11][12]

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

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

Nuclear contamination edit

In the early 1950s, St. George received the brunt of the fallout of above-ground nuclear testing at the Yucca Flats/Nevada Test Site northwest of Las Vegas. Winds routinely carried the fallout of these tests directly through the St. George and southern Utah area. Marked increases in the frequency of cancer in the population, not limited to leukemia, lymphoma, thyroid cancer, breast cancer, melanoma, bone cancer, brain tumors, and gastrointestinal tract cancers, were reported from the mid-1950s until the early 1980s.[15][16]

In 1980, American popular weekly magazine People reported that from about 220 cast and crew who filmed in a 1956 movie, The Conqueror, on location near St. George, 91 had come down with cancer, and 50 had died of cancer.[17] Of these, 46 had died of cancer by 1980. Among the cancer deaths were John Wayne, Pedro Armendáriz and Susan Hayward, the stars of the film.[17] However, the lifetime odds of developing cancer for men in the U.S. population are 43 percent and the odds of dying of cancer are 23 percent (38 percent and 19 percent, respectively, for women).[18] This places the cancer mortality rate for the 220 primary cast and crew quite near the expected average.[19]

A 1962 United States Atomic Energy Commission report found children living in St. George, Utah, at the time of the fallout may have received doses to the thyroid of radioiodine as high as 120 to 440 rads" (1.2 to 4.4 Gy).[20]

Geography edit

 
The red hills of the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve north of St. George

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 77.151 square miles (199.82 km2), of which 77.148 square miles (199.81 km2) is land and 0.003 square miles (0.0078 km2) (0.72%) is water.[1] St. George lies in a desert valley, with most of the city lying below 3,000 feet (900 m). It is situated near a geological transition zone where the Colorado Plateau and Great Basin converge. The Beaver Dam Mountains/Utah Hill lie to the west, the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area and Pine Valley Mountains to the north, the western edge of the Colorado Plateau and Zion National Park to the east, and the Arizona Strip to the south. The Virgin River and Santa Clara River flow through the St. George valley and converge near the western base of Webb Hill near the city center.

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

The city uses street numbers rather than names, such as "East 100 South". Exceptions have been made for streets with curves or those not fitting into the traditional grid system. Some roads have names along with numerals, such as "400 East" which is also known as "Flood Street".[21]

Neighborhoods edit

Some neighborhoods are large housing developments created during the city's rapid modern expansion; others carry the names of geographical features or unincorporated communities which have been annexed by St. George.

  • Atkinville (annexed)
  • Bloomington (annexed)
  • Bloomington Hills
  • Bloomington Ranches
  • Desert Hills / Hidden Valley
  • Dixie Downs
  • Downtown
  • Entrada
  • Foremaster
  • Green Valley
  • Price City (formerly Heberville, annexed)
  • The Ledges (golf neighborhood)
  • Little Valley
  • Middleton (annexed, includes Cottonwood)
  • Red Cliffs
  • Snow Canyon
  • Southgate
  • Stone Cliff
  • Sunbrook
  • Sunriver
  • Tonaquint (annexed)

Climate edit

St. George's arid climate is significantly warmer on average than the rest of the state, and more closely resembles nearby Las Vegas. The climate is cold arid (BWk). St. George has hot summers and cool to relatively mild winters. The monthly average temperature ranges from 42.1 °F (5.6 °C) in December to 87.8 °F (31.0 °C) in July. On average, there are 60 afternoons with high temperatures over 100 °F (38 °C), with an average window of June 29 through August 13, and 122 days with high temperatures over 90 °F (32 °C) with the average window fluctuating between late April and early October. There are approximately 60 mornings where the low temperature drops to the freezing mark, with the historical average window between November 12 and March 14.

The highest temperature statewide was 118 °F (48 °C), which was recorded in south St. George, near the Arizona border on July 4, 2007, breaking the previous record-holder, at 117 °F (47 °C), also set in St. George on July 5, 1985.[22] 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 radiational 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, both during the record cold month of January 1937 across the Western United States.[22]

The city has abundant sunshine year-round and averages about 300 sunny days per year, with an average 8.80 inches (224 mm) of precipitation annually.[22] The wettest "rain year" has been from July 2004 to June 2005 with at least 15.66 inches (398 mm) (some days were missing) and the driest from July 1973 to June 1974 with 3.89 inches (98.8 mm). Record breaking widespread flooding occurred during January 2005 when area creeks and rivers far exceeded their banks and washed out homes and some neighborhoods. The wettest month has been January 1993, when 4.74 inches (120 mm) fell. Precipitation is fairly evenly distributed throughout the year, except for a markedly drier period from April through June, which occurs after the Pacific storm season ends, but before the southwest monsoon begins, usually in mid-July. 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 monsoon brings localized and often intense thunderstorms from early July through mid-September. The greatest rainfall in 24 hours was 2.40 inches (61 mm) on August 31, 1909.[22]

The St. George valley occasionally receives wet or slushy snowfall in the winter, but what accumulates usually melts off by the mid-to-late morning; the normal seasonal snowfall is 1.4 inches (3.6 cm).[22] The earliest snowfall was measured on October 29, 1971, and the latest on April 11, 1927.[22] The record single-day snowfall is 10.0 inches (25 cm) which was set on January 5, 1974. With the city having elevations ranging from 2,500 to about 3,500 feet (760 to about 1,070 m), some areas such as Diamond Valley and Winchester Hills will typically receive more snowfall and colder temperatures than the rest of the lower valley. The most recent major snow event was on December 8, 2013, when between 6.0 and 8.0 inches (15 and 20 cm) virtually shut down the city, making it the third heaviest snowfall in the city's history. Also significant about the storm was how low temperatures dropped and remained that way for several days with daytime highs failing to reach the freezing mark, and one night time low temperature of 1 °F (−17 °C), recorded at the airport, was the coldest in the city in over 100 years. The cold spell killed or severely damaged much of the area's non-native vegetation, such as the Mexican fan palm trees.

Climate data for St. George, Utah, 1991–2020 normals, extremes 1893–present
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 72
(22)
84
(29)
91
(33)
100
(38)
108
(42)
115
(46)
117
(47)
113
(45)
112
(44)
107
(42)
88
(31)
75
(24)
117
(47)
Mean maximum °F (°C) 64.7
(18.2)
70.4
(21.3)
81.0
(27.2)
90.0
(32.2)
98.3
(36.8)
105.6
(40.9)
110.0
(43.3)
107.5
(41.9)
102.9
(39.4)
92.3
(33.5)
76.0
(24.4)
63.9
(17.7)
110.5
(43.6)
Mean daily maximum °F (°C) 54.0
(12.2)
59.3
(15.2)
67.8
(19.9)
75.0
(23.9)
85.4
(29.7)
96.4
(35.8)
101.9
(38.8)
99.9
(37.7)
92.4
(33.6)
78.8
(26.0)
63.8
(17.7)
53.0
(11.7)
77.3
(25.2)
Daily mean °F (°C) 41.2
(5.1)
45.8
(7.7)
53.4
(11.9)
60.4
(15.8)
70.5
(21.4)
80.4
(26.9)
86.8
(30.4)
85.1
(29.5)
76.5
(24.7)
63.0
(17.2)
49.2
(9.6)
40.4
(4.7)
62.7
(17.1)
Mean daily minimum °F (°C) 28.4
(−2.0)
32.4
(0.2)
39.0
(3.9)
45.7
(7.6)
55.5
(13.1)
64.5
(18.1)
71.7
(22.1)
70.3
(21.3)
60.7
(15.9)
47.3
(8.5)
34.7
(1.5)
27.9
(−2.3)
48.2
(9.0)
Mean minimum °F (°C) 20.7
(−6.3)
25.1
(−3.8)
31.3
(−0.4)
37.8
(3.2)
44.9
(7.2)
55.2
(12.9)
66.4
(19.1)
64.3
(17.9)
52.4
(11.3)
38.0
(3.3)
27.3
(−2.6)
20.7
(−6.3)
18.9
(−7.3)
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)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 1.22
(31)
1.38
(35)
1.02
(26)
0.66
(17)
0.33
(8.4)
0.16
(4.1)
0.50
(13)
1.07
(27)
0.67
(17)
0.77
(20)
0.67
(17)
0.86
(22)
9.31
(237.5)
Average snowfall inches (cm) 0.5
(1.3)
0.5
(1.3)
0.2
(0.51)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
1.2
(3.11)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 5.4 5.7 4.5 3.2 2.9 1.2 2.8 2.9 2.3 3.4 3.0 4.5 41.8
Average snowy days (≥ 0.1 in) 0.1 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.6
Source: NOAA (extremes 1893–present)[22][23]

Demographics edit

Historical population
CensusPop.Note
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%
202095,34230.8%
2022 (est.)102,519[4]7.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[24]
2020 Census[3]

As of the 2015, the largest self-reported ancestry groups in St. George are:[25]

Largest ancestries (2015) Percentage
English 28.2%
German 11.3%
Irish 8.5%
Danish 4.6%
Swedish 4.0%
Italian 3.8%
Scottish 3.7%
Dutch 2.4%
Norwegian 1.8%
French (except Basque) 1.8%
Swiss 1.4%
Welsh 1.2%
Polish 1.2%
Scots-Irish 1.0%

2020 census edit

St. George, Utah – Racial and ethnic composition
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos may be of any race.
Race / Ethnicity Pop 2000[26] Pop 2010[27] Pop 2020[28] % 2000 % 2010 % 2020
White alone (NH) 44,215 59,722 74,860 89.03% 81.93% 78.52%
Black or African American alone (NH) 110 406 634 0.22% 0.56% 0.66%
Native American or Alaska Native alone (NH) 758 856 956 1.53% 1.17% 1.00%
Asian alone (NH) 270 562 1,127 0.54% 0.77% 1.18%
Pacific Islander alone (NH) 292 703 1,088 0.59% 0.96% 1.14%
Other race alone (NH) 44 55 328 0.09% 0.08% 0.34%
Mixed race or Multiracial (NH) 637 1,291 3,257 1.28% 1.77% 3.42%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 3,337 9,302 13,092 6.72% 12.76% 13.73%
Total 49,663 72,897 95,342 100.00% 100.00% 100.00%

As of the 2020 census, there were 95,342 people, 37,515 households, and _ families residing in the city. The population density was _ people per square mile. There were 39,933 housing units at an average density of _ per square mile.

2010 census edit

As of the 2010 census, there were 72,897 people, 27,552 households, and 13,042 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,135 people per square mile. There were 32,089 housing units at an average density of _ per square mile. The city's racial makeup 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.

2000 census edit

As of the 2000 census, there were 49,728 people, 17,367 households, and 13,042 families residing in the city. The population density was 771.2 people per square mile (297.7/km²). There were 21,083 housing units at an average density of 327.4 per square mile (126.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.27% White, 0.24% African-American, 1.64% Native American, 0.57% Asian, 0.59% Pacific Islander, 2.87% from other races, and 1.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.72% of the population.

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 showed 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.

Religion edit

 
St. George Utah Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was completed in 1877.

Approximately 78.0% of St. George's residents identify as religious; below are statistics as of 2014:[29]

Whilst specific data for irreligion is difficult to source for St. George the following applies for Utah as a whole[30]

Economy edit

SkyWest Airlines is headquartered in St. George, and is the primary airline provider at the city's regional airport.[31]Walmart has a distribution center just outside the city and Family Dollar recently opened a distribution center in the Fort Pierce Industrial Park for the southwest region of the United States.

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] though is now headquartered in Salt Lake City.

The local economy is largely based on tourism, manufacturing, and new home construction.[citation needed] Over a dozen golf courses offering year-round golfing, and various world-recognized events also make for large contributors to the city's economy. The city is a popular retirement destination[34] and also hosts a significant number of vacation homes for people who primarily live in colder areas.

Arts and culture edit

The City of St. George sponsors art shows and concerts at Vernon Worthen Park. The Southwest Symphony Orchestra and Southern Utah Heritage Choir are located in St. George. The up-and-coming Downtown Arts District features "Art Around the Corner" offering outdoor sculptures and statues depicting cultural themes from around the world, and hosts the annual St. George Arts Festival each spring. Other major events include the St. George Parade of Homes; the Dixie Roundup Rodeo; St. George Marathon; St. George Ironman triathlon; and the Huntsman World Senior Games.

Venues, museums and sites edit

Shopping edit

The Red Cliffs Mall is an indoor shopping mall, built in 1990. There are additional commercial districts on River Road, St. George Boulevard, and Bluff Street.

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) who played in the independent Western Baseball League from 1999 to 2001, winning the league championship in 2000. A new franchise, managed by former major league player Darell Evans, was awarded to St. George 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.

St. George area high schools—Crimson Cliffs, Dixie, Desert Hills, Pine View, and Snow Canyon—all play in 4A state competition as part of 4A Region 10 with nearby Hurricane High School in Hurricane and Cedar high school in Cedar City.[35] Utah Tech University participates in the NCAA Division I Western Athletic Conference. In January 2019, Dixie State announced they were reclassifying to NCAA Division I and joining the Western Athletic Conference.[36] Former DSU athletes include Corey Dillon, Anton Palepoi, Reno Mahe, and Scott Brumfield, who all later played in the NFL and Marcus Banks, Lionel Hollins, Keon Clark, and Mo Baker were Dixie players who later played in the NBA. Utah Tech athletes are called Trailblazers (formerly The Rebels and Red Storm), and former Trailblazers Bradley Thompson and Brandon Lyon later played in major league baseball while Bruce Hurst of Dixie High School later played for the Boston Red Sox a pitcher, and then ended up managing the now retired Zion Pioneerzz for its inaugural 1999 season (1999).

St. George has hosted Ironman and Ironman 70.3 events including the 2021 Ironman 70.3 World Championships. In May 2021, the Ironman World Championship hosted by the city due to the COVID-19 and the original venue, Kona, being unable to host. This was the first time that the Ironman World Championship has been hosted outside of Hawai'i.

Parks and recreation edit

The St. George parks division manages over 20 city parks and nearly 60 miles of paved urban trails interlinking neighborhoods, communities, parks and open space. The city also has over a dozen award-winning golf courses making the area a Southwestern golfing mecca.[37] Major parks and sites include the Canyons Softball Complex; Little Valley Softball Complex; Pioneer Park; Tonaquint Nature Center; nationally-recognized Snake Hollow bike park; Thunder Junction All Abilities dinosaur theme park; Red Hills Desert Garden - a public water-conservation garden displaying both native and exotic flora suited for the local climate; three local skate parks; Legacy Regional Park and fairgrounds is just east of the city in Hurricane. The St. George area has several public recreation centers; the St. George Rec Center; Washington City Rec Center and the Sand Hollow Aquatics Center.[38][39] St. George is fast-becoming a popular rock climbing and mountain biking destination.[40]

Government edit

 
5th District Courthouse

The city of St. George has a council-manager form of government, with five representatives elected at-large. The mayor, also elected at-large, also serves as a member on the City Council. The Council hires a city manager to deal with regular operations.[41] As of January 2021, the mayor of St. George is Michele Randall. The city manager is John Willis.

Council members are Jimmy Hughes, Dannielle Larkin, Gregg McArthur, Natalie Larsen, and Michelle Tanner. City Council meetings are held on the first and third Thursdays of each month at the City Council Chambers.[42]

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

Education edit

Primary and secondary education edit

The city of St. George is a part of the Washington County School District. The city's middle schools are located near or adjacent to the like-named high schools.

Intermediate (6th-7th grade) and middle schools (8th-9th grade) edit

  • Dixie Middle School
  • Pine View Middle School
  • Desert Hills Middle School
  • Snow Canyon Middle School
  • Crimson Cliffs Middle School in Washington City
  • Washington Fields Intermediate in Washington City
  • Tonaquint Intermediate
  • Sunrise Ridge Intermediate
  • Fossil Ridge Intermediate
  • Lava Ridge Intermediate in Santa Clara (western suburb)

High schools edit

St. George public high schools (10th-12th grade):

Higher education edit

Media edit

Radio edit

Call sign Frequency Format Notes
KDXU 0890 AM & 94.9 FM Talk radio
KLGU 090.3 FM Christian contemporary
KUTU 091.3 & 94.9 FM Variety (radio)
KZHK 095.9 FM Classic rock
KCLS 096.3 FM Active Rock
KRQX 098.9 FM Classic Hits
KONY 099.9 FM Country music
KFUR-LP 0101.1 FM Regional Mexican
K272AQ 0102.3 FM Oldies Repeater of KXFF, Colorado City, Arizona
K279BN 0103.7 FM Oldies Repeater of KJUL, Las Vegas, Nevada
KURR 0103.1 FM Top 40
KUTQ 0102.3 FM Country music
KZYN 0104.1 FM Adult Alternative
KPLD 094.1 & 105.1 Hot adult contemporary
KWBR-LP 0105.7 FM Smooth Jazz
KIYK 0107.3 FM Hot adult contemporary
KHKR 01210 AM Sports radio
KSGO 01450 AM-93.1 FM Conservative talk 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. It also provides free online daily news and an online community events calendar.
  • St. George News (stgnews.com) is free-access online news.
  • Southern Utah Weekly is a weekly newspaper

The Salt Lake Tribune, Deseret News, Las Vegas Review-Journal and Las Vegas Sun are also widely distributed in St. George and offer home delivery.

Other publications include St. George Magazine, a monthly magazine covering a variety of local content, and View on Southern Utah is a magazine offering a variety of content for the southern Utah, southern Nevada and northwestern Arizona area.

Television edit

Like other major cities in Utah, St. George is in the Salt Lake City market, so it has only one television station licensed to the city, KMYU, a MyNetworkTV affiliate.[46] 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 cable, TDS Communications, formerly Baja Broadband. KMYU (known as My Utah TV)[47] 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, Utah–licensed[46] KCSG Channel 14, a MeTV affiliate, which broadcasts local news. 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.

Infrastructure edit

Healthcare edit

St. George Regional Hospital is an Intermountain Health Care hospital and is the only 24-hour trauma center between Las Vegas and the Wasatch Front, serving the tri-state region of southern Utah, northwest Arizona and southeastern Nevada.[48]

Utilities edit

St. George is served by City of St. George Power, which serves most of the city, and Dixie Power, which serves southern areas of the city. Rocky Mountain Power serves parts of the greater St. George area. The municipal water department obtains its own water from wells located near Gunlock and in Snow Canyon State Park, Mountain Springs on Pine Valley Mountain. It also purchases wholesale water from the Washington County Water Conservancy District which is sourced from the Virgin River and purified at the Quail Creek Water Treatment Plant.[49]

St. George Telecommunications such as Internet, are provided by TDS Telecom (Cable/Fiber), CenturyLink (DSL/Fiber), Quantum(Fiber) and InfoWest (WISP/Fiber)

Transportation edit

 
Central St. George, looking east with Zion National Park in the distance

St. George Regional Airport is located in southeast St. George on Airport Parkway. The airport is served by American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines. All flights are operated by SkyWest Airlines. As of 2023, two-way flights to Salt Lake City, Denver, Phoenix, with seasonal flights to Dallas–Fort Worth were available.[50][51]

Local and regional transportation edit

SunTran is the local public transit system and operates seven fixed-routes serving most areas of St. George, Washington and Ivins.[52] Rent-A-Bike and Spin scooters are available for rated use in numerous locations city-wide. Greyhound serves St. George on its Denver-Las Vegas and Salt Lake City-Las Vegas routes.[53][54] Greyhound connects with Amtrak's California Zephyr in Salt Lake City.[55] St. George is also served by the bus company Tufesa and the shuttle companies Salt Lake Express and St. George Shuttle.[56][57]

Major highways edit

 Interstate 15 runs northeast-southwest through St. George.

  • SR-7 (Southern Parkway) runs east-west through the southern periphery of the city.
  • SR-8 (Sunset Boulevard) runs east-west through west St. George
  • SR-34 (St. George Boulevard) runs east-west through central St. George
  • SR-18 (Bluff Street) runs north-south through St. George

Notable people edit

See also edit

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