Washington County boasts the most aggressive growth in the State and has been among the top five fastest growth areas in the nation for many years due to its temperate climate, wonderful people and beautiful location. The largest city in the County, St. George, is snow-free and typically sees over sunny 300 days each year.
St. George visitors can take a short drive from St. George to several of the most visited national parks including Bryce Canyon, Zion Canyon and the north rim of the Grand Canyon. In addition, St. George offers great golfing, grand dining, and theater entertainment. Other activities include water recreation, biking, rock climbing or just walking along one of the many paved trails in the area.
St. George’s climate is an attraction to its residents and visitors alike. It is a green oasis in the desert, and the combination of the warm, dry winter climate and natural beauty of the setting draws both new residents and tourists to the area.
The area is a desert climate with characteristic mild winters and hot summers. The elevation of 2,760 feet, promotes year round recreation and leisure activities.
Over the past several years the area has experienced some dramatic industrial growth, with service and trade as the employment opportunities in the area. Washington County School District is the largest employer in the county. Intermountain Health Care comes in next with Wal-Mart coming in third.
St. George is the home of Dixie State University, which offers 4-year degree options to students. Currently, bachelor degrees are offered in 15+ different subjects. Dixie State began offering bachelor degrees in the year 2000 and continues to expand those programs every year. Dixie State University also continues to offer Associate Degrees, Certificate Programs and Adult Education classes. Southern Utah University is located in Cedar City, UT, just 50 miles north via I-15.
St. George is home to the largest/newest hospital in the region. Dixie Regional Medical Center River Road (DRMC) became an additional DRMC campus in November of 2003 and offers several state-of-the-art medical treatments. Together DRMC’s River Road and 400 East Campuses are licensed for 228 patient beds. Patients needing surgery, emergency attention, cardiology/heart services and much, much more find compassionate, skilled care here.
The City of St. George Utah offers the perfect mixture of big city appeal with a small town feel. Washington County’s population is over 140,000 with over 2 million visitors yearly. In 2015, St. George city’s population was estimated to be 80,202 and was the fifth fastest-growing metro area in the country in 2015.
- St. George ranked most secure place to live in the United States in 2006.
- Top 10 Best Small Places for Business and Careers by Forbes
- Ranked fifth fastest-growing metro area in the country in 2015.
- Top 10 safest metro areas in the West
Distance to Other Major Cities
Las Vegas, NV – 118 miles
Salt Lake City, UT – 303 miles
Los Angeles, CA – 387 miles
Phoenix, AZ – 406 miles
Mesquite, NV – 38 miles
With our mild climate, beautiful scenic areas, a progressive business atmosphere, an educated and work-orientated workforce, plus great “quality of life” incentives, the St. George/Washington County area can fulfill your business needs. It is possible to live in areas free from heavy traffic, crime and crowded conditions.
The St. George and surrounding area features exceptional landscape and views found nowhere else in the world which makes the area a travel destination for over 2.5 million travelers a year. St. George is home to many parks, nearby tourist attractions and features award-winning golf courses and recreation areas, as well as over 65 miles of urban trail system. Some of the notable tourist locations are:
- Zion National Park is located 40 miles East of St. George and attracted 3.65 million travelers in 2015.
- Grand Canyon National Park is just 2.5 hours southeast of St. George and attracted 4.56 million travelers in 2013.
- Bryce Canyon National Park is located 2 hours northeast of St. George and attracted 1.5 million travelers.
- Snow Canyon State Park is located just 9 miles northwest of St. George.