It is an exciting time to be in St George and the rest of the nation is taking notice. From the growth of Dixie State University to the widening on Bluff Street, the atmosphere in St George is lively. However, it was just this past year in 2017, but in 2016, St George was the 6th fastest growing city.
While it is hard to pinpoint the specific reason to the growth, there are several things to be noted. Dixie State University broke records this year as they opened the fall semester with 9,673 students. It was an 7.5% increase in total headcount. It was also the largest freshman intake the school has seen. The school has also added 7 new majors and will also feature 3 new masters degree program in accountancy, genetic counseling and software development. Dixie State University is shedding its junior college reputation and is making very exciting changes.
St George is also becoming recognized as an ideal second home option for snowbirds because of its mild winter. Sun River is a popular retirement community which features a year round active golf course community. When the golf course is literally a golf cart ride away, then you know you’re in the perfect place. But maybe you’re looking to spend your retirement on the finer things in life? Stone Cliff is a beautiful gated luxury community where everyone is mindful of one another. It is here where you’ll want to see and visit. It is minutes from downtown St George, the airport, the hospital, and the freeway. We recently sold our last home at $2.5M as it was featured in the annual Southern Utah Parade of Homes.
Another reason to the growth of St George is due to the increase of tourism. Many tourist stay in St George while they visit the surrounding national parks. Yes, that is national parks with an “s”. From St George, tourists can visit Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Grand Canyon National Park. It is also here is St George where the Huntsman World Senior Games and the Ironman race is held. So much is happening here is St George that you’d almost be missing out if you weren’t here.
Is the cost of living in California killing your budget? Are you questioning if the beach and avocados are really worth the high cost of living? We have a solution for you – how about Southern Utah!
More and more people are making the move to Southern Utah – families and retirees alike are being drawn to St. George and its stunning red rock desert. St. George is unique because you get the best of Utah without the snow or air pollution found further north. You don’t have to worry about getting cabin fever during the winter because St. George averages over 300 sunny days a year! Also, air pollution is nonexistent in Southern Utah – perfect for asthma sufferers and people who just enjoy breathing clean air. Another selling point for St. George is location, location, location. Short road trips will land you in Nevada, Colorado, Arizona, or even back to California whenever you like so there’s no chance for homesickness.
Living in Southern Utah means living outdoors! Whatever your favourite way is to see the outdoors, Southern Utah has it all – hikes, bikes, horses, ATVs, even ziplines! Southern Utah is also home to some of the most beautiful canyons including Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon. And if you get sick of the red rock and the desert heat, Pine Valley is a short 45 minute drive north with beautiful mountains covered in – you guessed it – pine trees and oak trees where guests enjoy camping, fishing and hiking in mild temperatures. For water lovers there are also several reservoirs – Sand Hollow, Quail Lake, and Gunlock – to enjoy boating, fishing, camping, and water sports. There really is something for everyone!
Are you convinced yet? Are the great outdoors calling your name? You must be wondering how much it costs to live in a place where the quality of life seems great, right? It actually costs a lot less than you think! Let’s look at how much it is to rent in California, across Utah, and in St. George specifically (Sperling’s BestPlaces website) as well as the median home cost. I think you’d be surprised to see that while Utah is quite affordable, St. George is notably more affordable than the rest of the state.
|Rental Size||California||Utah||St. George, UT|
|Median Home Cost||$450,200||$227,400||$204,500|
Jaw-dropping, right? According to this data, you can cut your housing costs in half just by moving to Utah! Here is a comparison of a couple of other living costs – gas and utilities. According to Gas Buddy, current gas prices in California are at an average of 3.398, whereas in St. George it is currently 2.386. Utilities (cents per kWh) average at 18.48 across California and 10.32 across Utah. In St. George, the current rate is even lower at 8.13.
So, you’re convinced. Southern Utah is the place to be if I want to save my hard-earned coins. But what else is there to do if I don’t want to hike everyday? Here are some popular activities and attractions that locals of all ages enjoy:
Families love St. George because of all the family friendly environment. Below are a few local favourites for entertaining children and teenagers alike:
Here are the links to St. George and surrounding cities for more information about the recreation centers and city parks:
Retirees are able to enjoy all of those activities and more, including:
I am so excited that 2018 St. George Area Parade of Homes kicked off yesterday and it is my pleasure to present The Liberty, built by K.H. Traveller. Sitting high above St George, The Liberty is located in the beautiful Stone Cliff community which features a magnificent view of St George and the Pine Valley Mountains, manicured landscaping and 24 hour gated, guarded security.
K.H. Traveller has submitted an entry to this year’s Southern Utah Parade of Homes. Below is an introduction their home and certain features. I don’t know about you, but I am definitely excited to see what the finished product looks like!
Perched on the top of the Ridge in the Center of St George, Stone Cliff, a premier gated community. Custom Luxury Homes & Home Sites with elevated views.
Stone Cliff is in the heart of St. George, just 7 minutes away from the Hospital, Dixie Regional Medical Center – DRMC, also known as Intermountain Healthcare Center – IHC along with
and other medical facilities, shopping, dining, banks and grocery stores under 10 minutes to theaters, & three I-15 freeway entrances. About 16 minutes to great hiking, RV trails, Golf and the St George airport – SGU.