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i The AreaVibes Livability Score evaluates 9 different categories and creates an overall score out of 100. The higher the score, the better the area.

amenities D-

There are not many amenities close to this location.
Coffee (22) F
Dutch Bros. Coffee
Coffee Shop
U.S. Snow
Coffee Shop
Starbucks
Coffee Shop
The Orange Peel
Coffee Shop
Everbowl
Coffee Shop
Cafe allure
Coffee Shop
Perks!
Coffee Shop
Kneaders
Coffee Shop
Beans & Brews Coffee House
Coffee Shop
The Orange Peel
Coffee Shop
Great Harvest Bakery - Cafe
Coffee Shop
Starbucks
Coffee Shop
Starbucks
Coffee Shop
Twentyfive Main Cafe & Cake
Coffee Shop
Starbucks
Coffee Shop
Starbucks
Coffee Shop
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Kneaders Bakery & Cafe
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Starbucks
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Zion Blues Cafe
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Starbucks
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Perks!
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Entertainment (26) F
Rosenbruch Wildlife Museum
Museum
Walt Brooks Staduim
Stadium
Greater Zion Stadium
Stadium
Cinema 6
Cinema
Burns Arena
Stadium
LDS Family History Center
Attraction
Cox Auditorium / Avenna Center
Theatre Arts
Amphitheater
Theatre Arts
Sears Art Museum Gallery
Art Gallery
Sun Bowl
Stadium
St. George Childrens Museum
Museum
Dixie Bowling
Bowling Alley
Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm
Museum
Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum
Museum
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McQuarrie Memorial Pioneer DUP Museum
Museum
St. George Art Museum
Museum
Roene B. DiFiore Center for Arts and Education
Theatre Arts
St. George Narrows
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Red Cliffs Cinema
Cinema
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Stadium 10
Cinema
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The Corn Maize
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Staheli Farm
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Food and Drink (122) D-
Popeyes
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Culver's
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Subway
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Jack in the Box
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Sno Shack
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Little Caesars
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Subway
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Zeppe's Italian Ice
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Papa Murphy's
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Burger King
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Dairy Queen
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Crumbl Cookies
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Jersey Mike's Subs
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Mo' Bettahs
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McDonald's
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Domino's
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Jamba
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Jimmy John's
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Tom's Deli
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Stacks
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Subway
Fast Food
Trailblazers Cafe
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Fitness (9) F
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Summit Athletic Club
Gym
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Summit Athletic Club
Gym
Anytime Fitness
Gym
Orangetheory Fitness
Gym
VASA Fitness
Gym
Elevation Fitness
Gym
Groceries (16) F
Harmon's
Grocery Store
Boomers Discount Markets
Grocery Store
Croshaw's Gourmet Pies
Bakery
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Health Food
Walmart Supercenter
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Bakery
Smith's Marketplace
Grocery Store
Farmstead
Bakery
Smith's
Grocery Store
Lin's Market Place
Grocery Store
Great Harvest Bread Co.
Bakery
3 Amigos Market
Grocery Store
Crumbl Cookies
Bakery
The French Bakery
Bakery
Albertsons
Grocery Store
Parks (94) A+
St. James Park
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Playground
Boots Cox Family Park
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Larkspur Park
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Bloomington Hills North Park
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JC Snow Park
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1100 East Park
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Confluence Park
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Temple View RV Resort
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College Park
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Playground
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Bloomington Hills Park
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Springs Park
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Vernon Worthen Park
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Playground
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Park
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Playground
Shops (201) D-
Maverik
Convenience Store
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Convenience Store
Furniture Row
Furniture
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Convenience Store
Heritage Home & Garden
Furniture
Minute Market
Convenience Store
Sprint
Electronics
Southwest Vision
Optician
Unknown Name
Convenience Store
JK Jewelers
Fashion
About Face Salon & Day Spa
Beauty
Maverik
Convenience Store
Unknown Name
Mall
Verizon
Electronics
Dixie Optical
Optician
Shell
Convenience Store
Sky Nails & Spa
Beauty
PC Innovation Computers
Electronics
Dollar Cuts
Hairdresser
Merle Norman
Beauty
Simply Mac
Electronics
Unknown Name
Mall
Christiansen's
Clothing
Unknown Name
Mall
Holiday Square Shopping Center
Mall
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commute A+

Of all people who commute, 0.4% take public transportation in St. George.
Public Transit Stops (104)
Stops & Stations
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Workers Taking Public Transit
0.4%
F
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cost of living B-

The cost of living in St. George is 116/100 - which is 11% higher than Utah.
Cost of Living
Goods & Services, Housing, etc.
D
Tax Rates
Income & Sales Tax
B-
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crime A

St. George crime rates are 1,257 per 100k, which is 41% lower than Utah
Property Crime
1,094 crimes per 100k
A-
Violent Crime
163 crimes per 100k
A
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employment B-

The median income in St. George is $59,989 - which is 4% lower than Utah.
Med. Household Income
$59,989
D+
Unemployment Rate
2.2%
A+
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health A+

There are not many hospitals, police and fire stations,
Health & Safety (41)
Dentist, Doctor, Hospital, etc.
A+
Advanced Hearing & Balance
Hospital
Dixie Pediatric Dental
Dentist
Riverside Dental Care
Dentist
St. George Clinic
Clinic
Unknown Name
Fire Station
Intermountain St. George Regional Hospital
Hospital
Crimson Valley Pharmacy
Pharmacy
Corner Clinic Urgent Care
Clinic
Intermountain St. George Regional Hospital - 400 East Campus
Hospital
Campus Security
Police
Unknown Name
Dentist
Common Sense Family Dentisty
Dentist
Red Hills Dental
Dentist
Callahan Clinic
Doctor
Unknown Name
Fire Station
VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic
Hospital
Smiles Restored
Dentist
Nuvia Dental Implant Center
Dentist
Brain Blance Acheivement Centers
Doctor
Stapley Pharmacy
Pharmacy
St. George Kids Dental
Dentist
Virgin River Dental
Dentist
Staples Health Mart Pharmacy
Pharmacy
Smith's Drive Thru Pharmacy
Pharmacy
Saint George City Police
Police
Air Quality
Median Air Quality
C
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housing A+

St. George home prices are $302,300 - which is 35% higher than Utah
Home Price
$302,300
A+
Home Appreciation Rate
26%
A+
Home Affordability
5x (home price to income ratio)
F
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schools C

The St. George graduation rate is 90% - which is 2% higher than Utah
School Test Scores
49%
F
High School Grad. Rates
90%
B+
Elementary Schools (20) F
Legacy School
Williamsburg Academy
Bloomington Hills School
Fossil Ridge Intermediate
Utah Online K8
Post Hs Self-Cont
Out Of State School
Crimson View School
Heritage School
George Washington Academy
Sunrise Ridge Intermediate
Tonaquint Intermediate
Little Valley School
Bloomington School
Panorama School
Riverside School
Washington Fields Intermediate
Trinity Lutheran School
Sandstone School
Sunset School
Majestic Fields School
High Schools (15) F
Dixie High
Dixie Middle
Williamsburg Academy
Success Dsu
Desert Hills High
Utah Online 7-12
Post Hs Self-Cont
Out Of State School
Desert Hills Middle
Southwest High
Millcreek High
Pine View Middle
Crimson Cliffs High
Crimson Cliffs Middle
Pine View High
St. George Academy
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ratings D

St. George has an overall rating of 55% from 42 reviews.
User Reviews (7)
From AreaVibes
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User Surveys (35)
From AreaVibes
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Cost of living high but wages low 3 rating By Anonymous ( Nov 06, 2019) For most people here the jobs pay absolutely TERRIBLE yet cost of living and housing prices are continually rising and our wages are not increasing enough to keep up. The weather is fabulous. A lot of big city folk who move here complain there's not enough to do for fun but I gre ...Read More w up in a small northeastern United States town and St. George has way more going on and is not boring to me. Only concern is how expensive it is for my family so I want to move but husband is stubborn and insists we stay. There's certain stores I wish we had as we do not have an IKEA or an Aldi or a Trader Joe's... So that's annoying... Read Less
Red rocks and sun for days 1 rating By Anonymous ( Feb 07, 2019) St. George is a clean and fairly safe, family-friendly community. With that being said, I wouldn't say it's the best area for young, working adults that desire to live an alternative lifestyle. It's a great place if you enjoy golfing, hiking, biking and hot sunny weather. I do fe ...Read More el that the city is trying to expand in many different areas and I certainly appreciate that. Read Less
A good place to live..depends on what you are looking for 2 rating By Anjealka ( Jul 31, 2018) I lived in St George in 2000-2002 and from 2008 to present. The city has changed a lot over that time. I have lived in Northern Utah as well as MA/NY and CA.There are some real positives about St George that make it hard to leave and for certain people these positives make St Geo ...Read More rge a great option.Weather: St George has never had a day of what I consider bad weather to drive in , in 12 years. It is really as they say 350 days of sunshine. Rain is rare, maybe once a month average, and snow maybe once every 2-3 year a dusting. BUT it is over 100 almost every day from June-August so that makes it hard for spend summer outdoors as much as I would like.Property Tax: If you have lived on the East Coast like I did, propety tax is a deal. An average home runs about $1200 a year so $100 a month.Utilities : If you live in the Dixie Power area (people will direct you to this area when buying a home), power is dirt cheap, it is a co-op and among the lowest rates the nation. Most houses are all electric because of this. So an average home for all utilities including water, sewer , trash and power runs $150 a month. WARNING if you do not choose Dixie power, the rates can be 5-8 times higher.Housing: Housing prices go up and down and not with national standards. Right now (July 2018) housing is high, mainly because the new building can;t build fast enough and permits are being delayed. It is a tricky market. If you 100% plan on living here forever buy a house and relax. It is just crazy how the new building cost change month by month based on the ability to get permits. I looked at the big builder of stucco boxes 2 years ago , and I was quoted 215k to build a 2600 sq ft 4-5 bed 3 bath home in a nice neighborhood. The cost 3 months later was 265k, 7 months later was over 300k, then 3 months after that 255k, today that house is 320k to build. It just becomes difficult to sell when your neighbor bought the same house for 215k within a year of you and you paid 320k. So you would think rent and wait. This city has a sometimes a 0 vacancy rate. Over my 10 years I have been asked by more people then I can count to look for rentals. Rentals in the safe areas or good schools run way higher then buying and are scarce. Almost all rentals are controlled by property management. So expected to have good credit and $5k-6k to get into a 3 bed/2 bath rental if you can find one.You think there would be apartments. It is a college city with 12k students? Up until 2 years ago they was less then 200 dorms for 12k students! and there had not been an apartment complex built since the 1990's. For over 100k population there are 4 "regular" (meaning not based on income or age) apartment complexes. The city just got a brand new complex but it is full already at 1k for a 1 bedroom. Medical: There is one hospital and one insurance company on the exchange left , a vast majority of jobs, you do not get insurance so you are buying off the exchange. Our policy runs $2100 a month for 2 parents and 1 kid. My child gets some dental. We each have a 1k ded, which I know is good, I could have choose $1600 a month but it was $5500 ded and we do have medical needs. If you are healthly or have common issues arise, the healthcare is fine as long as you can afford the rates or get lucky with a good employer that pays. Urgent Care is hard to get. On Weekends only 1 open from Provo to Vegas with 6-8 hour waits.There is good care aimed retirees. Lots of Ortho surgeons and Cardiologists, so need a knee or have a heart attack, you are okay here.Some care is a nightmare. They built a pretty building but PLEASE do not listen to anyone or a website, check with the hospital if you have a medical need. There is currently NO rhemtatology, 1 endocrinologist , and 1 limited neurologist (he will see you once and then you are required to get care from your PCP or a NP, This is a recent change as of June 2018, our hospital has been looking for a neurologist for over 10 years and many have quit, leaving only one full time neurologist for over 400k people). I have seen way too many healthy people retire here only to have a stroke, get parkinsons, dementia , neuropathy etc and then realize there is no local care. Veterans services are limited, it is sad and upsetting to see.So what happens if you need care that is not here? If you are lucky and do not have select med (the one insurance you can buy), then sometimes Vegas is an option, 120 miles each way, but some docs in Vegas are just as overloaded and some refuse patients. Then there is SLC, 300 miles away, but in good weather 4 hours since the speed limit is 85 most of the way. There are some good docs there and they do take the insurance but there is no major hospital that will coordinate mutliple appointments so you might make 3-4 trips to get an issue resolved. Then there is Phoenix and LA. I prefer Phoenix, 425 miles and a solid 8 + hours but the hospitals will get most everything done in one trip, of course you have to make sure you have insurance to cover it or have extra money. While this is a city of young families, pedatric care is hard. If your kid is healthy and just gets checks up, colds, and maybe a broken bone or stitches, it is fine. It you need speech or OT or any sort of speciality , like my child had a seizure, there was no one to help locally. It was a 6 month wait at Primary children's to see a child that had a seizure? or go to AZ or CA and get in same day but pay out of pocket. It is also hard to have to drive so far every month for follow up care. Schools: Schools vary, but you can easily research and tell which schools areas are better. These areas change about every ten years as new subdivisions open , people want the new in neigborhood and then schools are built. Right now the desert hills/little valley/washing fields area is the place for schools. With property taxes so low, you get what you pay for. School are packed, 45 kids in a class. Teachers are good decent people working for low wages and try the best they can. I felt very safe with my kids in school. With all the politics of school shootings, this district lets teacher have guns, It was voted in years ago and at least at my kids school it was very obvious they had carefully places teachers with CC permits. The schools are very easy, it is so easy to get an A. Last year 84 kids in my child's high school class had a 4.0. My kids were so bored even in honors class, no homework, I never saw homework. The school also care about sports more then academics. There are very few academic clubs but the few they have, do very well but get no recognition. Electives are music and home ec and fluff so to get easy A's. Science totally lacks, foriegn languageis Spanish, or if you are lucky a part time teacher will teach another language. If you want a safe school, where you child can get a 4.0 and few tuition at local colleges but learn very little, it is a fine place. If you want to go to an out of state school, expect to do everything yourself, drive to Vegas to take SAT, no help from the guidance office. Socially in the good schools, if you are not Mormon, expect less close friends or birthday invites. Kid are not mean about religion (I think it is more parents), but if you are not Mormon expect not to be fully accepted by everyone, but again the non mormon kids find each other and have some friends, just not as large a circle.Adult friends: People always ask what if I am not Mormon? I am not Mormon, my husband was Mormon. My neighbors are nice but besides neighborhood block parties, never have us over. I have invited neighbors, and co-workers, a few came once, but most people stick with their church friends for major socializing. Do I feel unwelcomed. I have found certain pockets in town are more welcoming, but they are not in the good school area so I have friends I visit on the other side of town, but my direct neighborhood, people say hi, will help you bring your trash out or pick up your mail , but that is about it.Stuff to do: I am not a not a hiking , biking,camping type person. If you are this area is great for you. I enjoy museums, art class, camps for my kids, fairs, festivals, concerts and this city lacks these things. Sure there is a Utah pioneer museum but it has been the same for 20 years, Camps for kids just stop at 12, unless it is sports. My kids wanted teen camps for science, art, foriegn language, cooking...just something fun in the summer but summer is dull for kids unless you enjoy being outside in the 110 degree heat all day hiking or biking. The city has weird rules about concert and dancing. they have maybe one concert a year (there is classical music and religious concerts , Im speaking of a music concert, usually it is a medicore country star that comes). There is 1 bar, for 100k+ people & it is a dive (but people say it is friendly). So forget about breweries or clubs or any sort of night life.It is a bit sad, we bought our house at the right time and besides high health cost, have extra money but there is just little to do locally. It is grocery shop or go to a chain resturant (mom and pop type places closes within a year, rents are so high they just cant make it), go to a movie, shop at walmart or target and that is life. My kids and their friends beg for something to do, roller skate, ice skate, water park, art class, something for kids 10-18 to do and there is nothing. Of course this means teen crime and drugs/drinking are on the rise. Let no one tell you different. Arrests are not public but even the some of the good kids that have 4.0 are into drugs simply because there is just nothing to do. Internet: Rarely mention but important. CHECK before you buy. Many nice homes have little or no service. Jobs: plenty of $10 a hr jobs retail fast food , nursing aides. Then there are decent paying construction jobs but they come and go with demand. There really is no other decent wage jobs outside of medical field (even then with just one hospital RN's make 40-44k not more) So how do families afford 350-500k homes? I know many people that the husband works out of state. There are many people working 2-3 jobs. Then there are families that give big down payments (amazes me how many 18-19 year old marry and have nice new houses buy 21). City management: It is a good old boys network for sure. Most of the time it does not mean anything for my life. The city has kept hos[ital competetion out which really could benefit many. The city is run like it was 30 years ago when the population was 25k. There is also some crazy rules, like solar is not allowed in most places, 350 days of sun and no solar because it does not look pretty? The city is also zoned weird. The new suburb areas wont allow apartments, library, retail, and usually so sidewalks and lots of traffic. You ahve to go everywhere by car. It is not a place you can send a 14 year old to walk to get a loaf od bread or to return a library book. The library is horrible, so many books stolen, full of homeless people (so many homeless & little help 1/25 kids is homeless & a blind eye is turned problems denied)So if you have read this far there are good and bad of this city.If you are retired and have good health and good insurance this is probably a great place for you, great weather, low taxes and utilites, and lots of golf.If you get a good job offer here and it comes with medical benefits and you are healthy and enjoy the outdoors, this is a great place.This place is not for you if you have any sort of medical issue that is chronic or a PCP cant deal with. DO NOT let the new hospital fool you. I repeat this because I have seen so many families lose everything having to move quickly due to illness. While the cost of living is great, you have to see if living in a Landlocked city with limits is right for you. DO YOU RESEARCH, don't listen to realtors, go to schools, hospitals and explore & find out if SG works for you. 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we bought a brand new home in a neighborhood that was suppose to be zoned single 0.5 rating By gailcarl ( Feb 04, 2018) We purchased a new home in a neighborhood that was suppose to be zoned single residence, but it turns out that if you have relativesthat work for the city you can do what ever you want, I notified building inspector office and they only agreed with me that it was a unusualdesign ...Read More for a home that would be single residence, contacted zone enforcement office and they told me I need to provide all the evidence toto press charges, in the end it turns out the builder is related to city and county workers and they plan on doing what ever they want.Be very aware if you plan on purchasing a home in this city, short and long term rentals are everywhere and even some of the associationsare corrupt and will do short term rentals. If we would of known this beforehand, we would not have considered this city. Read Less
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A good place to live..depends on what you are looking for 2 rating By Anjealka ( Jul 31, 2018) I lived in St George in 2000-2002 and from 2008 to present. The city has changed a lot over that time. I have lived in Northern Utah as well as MA/NY and CA.There are some real positives about St George that make it hard to leave and for certain people these positives make St Geo ...Read More rge a great option.Weather: St George has never had a day of what I consider bad weather to drive in , in 12 years. It is really as they say 350 days of sunshine. Rain is rare, maybe once a month average, and snow maybe once every 2-3 year a dusting. BUT it is over 100 almost every day from June-August so that makes it hard for spend summer outdoors as much as I would like.Property Tax: If you have lived on the East Coast like I did, propety tax is a deal. An average home runs about $1200 a year so $100 a month.Utilities : If you live in the Dixie Power area (people will direct you to this area when buying a home), power is dirt cheap, it is a co-op and among the lowest rates the nation. Most houses are all electric because of this. So an average home for all utilities including water, sewer , trash and power runs $150 a month. WARNING if you do not choose Dixie power, the rates can be 5-8 times higher.Housing: Housing prices go up and down and not with national standards. Right now (July 2018) housing is high, mainly because the new building can;t build fast enough and permits are being delayed. It is a tricky market. If you 100% plan on living here forever buy a house and relax. It is just crazy how the new building cost change month by month based on the ability to get permits. I looked at the big builder of stucco boxes 2 years ago , and I was quoted 215k to build a 2600 sq ft 4-5 bed 3 bath home in a nice neighborhood. The cost 3 months later was 265k, 7 months later was over 300k, then 3 months after that 255k, today that house is 320k to build. It just becomes difficult to sell when your neighbor bought the same house for 215k within a year of you and you paid 320k. So you would think rent and wait. This city has a sometimes a 0 vacancy rate. Over my 10 years I have been asked by more people then I can count to look for rentals. Rentals in the safe areas or good schools run way higher then buying and are scarce. Almost all rentals are controlled by property management. So expected to have good credit and $5k-6k to get into a 3 bed/2 bath rental if you can find one.You think there would be apartments. It is a college city with 12k students? Up until 2 years ago they was less then 200 dorms for 12k students! and there had not been an apartment complex built since the 1990's. For over 100k population there are 4 "regular" (meaning not based on income or age) apartment complexes. The city just got a brand new complex but it is full already at 1k for a 1 bedroom. Medical: There is one hospital and one insurance company on the exchange left , a vast majority of jobs, you do not get insurance so you are buying off the exchange. Our policy runs $2100 a month for 2 parents and 1 kid. My child gets some dental. We each have a 1k ded, which I know is good, I could have choose $1600 a month but it was $5500 ded and we do have medical needs. If you are healthly or have common issues arise, the healthcare is fine as long as you can afford the rates or get lucky with a good employer that pays. Urgent Care is hard to get. On Weekends only 1 open from Provo to Vegas with 6-8 hour waits.There is good care aimed retirees. Lots of Ortho surgeons and Cardiologists, so need a knee or have a heart attack, you are okay here.Some care is a nightmare. They built a pretty building but PLEASE do not listen to anyone or a website, check with the hospital if you have a medical need. There is currently NO rhemtatology, 1 endocrinologist , and 1 limited neurologist (he will see you once and then you are required to get care from your PCP or a NP, This is a recent change as of June 2018, our hospital has been looking for a neurologist for over 10 years and many have quit, leaving only one full time neurologist for over 400k people). I have seen way too many healthy people retire here only to have a stroke, get parkinsons, dementia , neuropathy etc and then realize there is no local care. Veterans services are limited, it is sad and upsetting to see.So what happens if you need care that is not here? If you are lucky and do not have select med (the one insurance you can buy), then sometimes Vegas is an option, 120 miles each way, but some docs in Vegas are just as overloaded and some refuse patients. Then there is SLC, 300 miles away, but in good weather 4 hours since the speed limit is 85 most of the way. There are some good docs there and they do take the insurance but there is no major hospital that will coordinate mutliple appointments so you might make 3-4 trips to get an issue resolved. Then there is Phoenix and LA. I prefer Phoenix, 425 miles and a solid 8 + hours but the hospitals will get most everything done in one trip, of course you have to make sure you have insurance to cover it or have extra money. While this is a city of young families, pedatric care is hard. If your kid is healthy and just gets checks up, colds, and maybe a broken bone or stitches, it is fine. It you need speech or OT or any sort of speciality , like my child had a seizure, there was no one to help locally. It was a 6 month wait at Primary children's to see a child that had a seizure? or go to AZ or CA and get in same day but pay out of pocket. It is also hard to have to drive so far every month for follow up care. Schools: Schools vary, but you can easily research and tell which schools areas are better. These areas change about every ten years as new subdivisions open , people want the new in neigborhood and then schools are built. Right now the desert hills/little valley/washing fields area is the place for schools. With property taxes so low, you get what you pay for. School are packed, 45 kids in a class. Teachers are good decent people working for low wages and try the best they can. I felt very safe with my kids in school. With all the politics of school shootings, this district lets teacher have guns, It was voted in years ago and at least at my kids school it was very obvious they had carefully places teachers with CC permits. The schools are very easy, it is so easy to get an A. Last year 84 kids in my child's high school class had a 4.0. My kids were so bored even in honors class, no homework, I never saw homework. The school also care about sports more then academics. There are very few academic clubs but the few they have, do very well but get no recognition. Electives are music and home ec and fluff so to get easy A's. Science totally lacks, foriegn languageis Spanish, or if you are lucky a part time teacher will teach another language. If you want a safe school, where you child can get a 4.0 and few tuition at local colleges but learn very little, it is a fine place. If you want to go to an out of state school, expect to do everything yourself, drive to Vegas to take SAT, no help from the guidance office. Socially in the good schools, if you are not Mormon, expect less close friends or birthday invites. Kid are not mean about religion (I think it is more parents), but if you are not Mormon expect not to be fully accepted by everyone, but again the non mormon kids find each other and have some friends, just not as large a circle.Adult friends: People always ask what if I am not Mormon? I am not Mormon, my husband was Mormon. My neighbors are nice but besides neighborhood block parties, never have us over. I have invited neighbors, and co-workers, a few came once, but most people stick with their church friends for major socializing. Do I feel unwelcomed. I have found certain pockets in town are more welcoming, but they are not in the good school area so I have friends I visit on the other side of town, but my direct neighborhood, people say hi, will help you bring your trash out or pick up your mail , but that is about it.Stuff to do: I am not a not a hiking , biking,camping type person. If you are this area is great for you. I enjoy museums, art class, camps for my kids, fairs, festivals, concerts and this city lacks these things. Sure there is a Utah pioneer museum but it has been the same for 20 years, Camps for kids just stop at 12, unless it is sports. My kids wanted teen camps for science, art, foriegn language, cooking...just something fun in the summer but summer is dull for kids unless you enjoy being outside in the 110 degree heat all day hiking or biking. The city has weird rules about concert and dancing. they have maybe one concert a year (there is classical music and religious concerts , Im speaking of a music concert, usually it is a medicore country star that comes). There is 1 bar, for 100k+ people & it is a dive (but people say it is friendly). So forget about breweries or clubs or any sort of night life.It is a bit sad, we bought our house at the right time and besides high health cost, have extra money but there is just little to do locally. It is grocery shop or go to a chain resturant (mom and pop type places closes within a year, rents are so high they just cant make it), go to a movie, shop at walmart or target and that is life. My kids and their friends beg for something to do, roller skate, ice skate, water park, art class, something for kids 10-18 to do and there is nothing. Of course this means teen crime and drugs/drinking are on the rise. Let no one tell you different. Arrests are not public but even the some of the good kids that have 4.0 are into drugs simply because there is just nothing to do. Internet: Rarely mention but important. CHECK before you buy. Many nice homes have little or no service. Jobs: plenty of $10 a hr jobs retail fast food , nursing aides. Then there are decent paying construction jobs but they come and go with demand. There really is no other decent wage jobs outside of medical field (even then with just one hospital RN's make 40-44k not more) So how do families afford 350-500k homes? I know many people that the husband works out of state. There are many people working 2-3 jobs. Then there are families that give big down payments (amazes me how many 18-19 year old marry and have nice new houses buy 21). City management: It is a good old boys network for sure. Most of the time it does not mean anything for my life. The city has kept hos[ital competetion out which really could benefit many. The city is run like it was 30 years ago when the population was 25k. There is also some crazy rules, like solar is not allowed in most places, 350 days of sun and no solar because it does not look pretty? The city is also zoned weird. The new suburb areas wont allow apartments, library, retail, and usually so sidewalks and lots of traffic. You ahve to go everywhere by car. It is not a place you can send a 14 year old to walk to get a loaf od bread or to return a library book. The library is horrible, so many books stolen, full of homeless people (so many homeless & little help 1/25 kids is homeless & a blind eye is turned problems denied)So if you have read this far there are good and bad of this city.If you are retired and have good health and good insurance this is probably a great place for you, great weather, low taxes and utilites, and lots of golf.If you get a good job offer here and it comes with medical benefits and you are healthy and enjoy the outdoors, this is a great place.This place is not for you if you have any sort of medical issue that is chronic or a PCP cant deal with. DO NOT let the new hospital fool you. I repeat this because I have seen so many families lose everything having to move quickly due to illness. While the cost of living is great, you have to see if living in a Landlocked city with limits is right for you. DO YOU RESEARCH, don't listen to realtors, go to schools, hospitals and explore & find out if SG works for you. 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we bought a brand new home in a neighborhood that was suppose to be zoned single 0.5 rating By gailcarl ( Feb 04, 2018) We purchased a new home in a neighborhood that was suppose to be zoned single residence, but it turns out that if you have relativesthat work for the city you can do what ever you want, I notified building inspector office and they only agreed with me that it was a unusualdesign ...Read More for a home that would be single residence, contacted zone enforcement office and they told me I need to provide all the evidence toto press charges, in the end it turns out the builder is related to city and county workers and they plan on doing what ever they want.Be very aware if you plan on purchasing a home in this city, short and long term rentals are everywhere and even some of the associationsare corrupt and will do short term rentals. If we would of known this beforehand, we would not have considered this city. Read Less
Cost of living 4.5 rating By Bill Hobson ( Jan 25, 2018) I noted the "D+" cost of living designation the St. George metro area received. I find that grading to be at the very least to be misleading and by almost all of your standards, not correct. St. George and the surrounding cities in south west Utah housing data is considerably l ...Read More ower than the cities of the Wasatch Front. (northern Utah) While our gasoline costs a few pennies more than northern Utah, our commute times are minuscule by comparison. Our utility costs are considerably less in areas served by Dixie Power as well as most municipal power companies, which includes St. George City. As far as employment rating of "C-", that rating is in direct conflict with a nationally recognized grading company that rates St. George metro by 24/7 Wall Street as the 2nd fastest job growth rate in the nation. Our housing rating of "C-" is also very much in dispute for several reasons. 1. Our median housing cost is considerably less than other western metro areas. 2. The growth in St. George metro is being fueled by numerous reasons, not the least of which is reasonable housing costs. The area is virtually surrounded by state and national parks and monuments, clean air, water, outstanding medical services (new $350M addition), new regional airport with daily multiple flights to LA, DEN, PHX, SLC, terrific university, arts community, 40+miles of designated paved walking and biking paths, amazing area and city parks and recreation centers, nationally ranked marathon, Iron Man, soft ball and pickle ball tournaments and events. 30 minutes from the casino's of Mesquite NV Read Less
Mormon town USA 0.5 rating By bicycle1111 ( Jan 07, 2018) I lived there for 3 years.Big time MORMON influence probably close to 80%. They do not like different nationalities and are VERY prejudice.If you have to work here and are not Mormon you will have big time problems. There is another sect that resides here FLDS, they dress like li ...Read More ttle house on the prairie people and STARE at people, cult land USA. Weather cold in winter very hot in the summer.There is ONE hospital in this town, and they DON"T want another.Many people die there that shouldn't. If you like a place with very little activities for adults other then exercise, then maybe you would like it here. Some of the rudest people I have ever met live in this town, I have lived all over the US.Most other people eventually leave here for a more normal environment. Read Less
Meet a Desert Tortoise in St. George, Utah 4.5 rating By Anonymous ( May 24, 2012) I lived in St. George, Utah for three years. The city is often thought of as a retirement community because of the abundant golf courses and warm winters. The leaders of the city have worked hard to attempt to shed some of the retirement community feeling from the city. In some w ...Read More ays, they have succeeded. St. George is a small city with a lot to offer to those who take the time to appreciate it.

Southern Utah is one of the most beautiful areas on Earth. St. George is the perfect base of operations for any number of outdoor recreation activities. Within short driving distance, there are hikes of all lengths. The Red Cliffs Desert Reserve is home to some of the best hiking. It also is the home of the federally protected desert tortoise. Many of these trails are also great for mountain bikes or horse-riding. The city has a fun paved trail for bikers and pedestrians looping through town as well. Zion National Park, full of impressive views and challenging hikes, is only an hour away from St. George. Lake Powell, a popular destination for boaters, is three hours away.

St. George will not appeal to everyone. In the end, much of the city still has a small-town atmosphere. Most of the nightlife opportunities center on theater and music productions. Tuacahn Amphitheater, a unique outdoor venue, plays host to many of these events. People who enjoy late-night parties will probably struggle to find something to do. While the restaurants are not all chains, there is not much diversity to choose from. St. George does have plenty of familiar name-brand stores like Target. However, while St. George does lack in these areas, its proximity to another city makes up for it. St. George is less than two hours away from the heart of Las Vegas, Nevada. The shopping and attractions in Las Vegas are close enough for a round trip in one day. Overall, St. George is not a city for those seeking lots of food choices and lively nightlife, but is a gem of a city for those looking for outdoor recreation and beautiful weather. Read Less

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D- Amenities

Are there many local amenities in St. George? Well, there are not many amenities close to this location.

Parks

St. James Park
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Boots Cox Family Park
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Larkspur Park
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Bloomington Hills North Park
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Entertainment

Rosenbruch Wildlife Museum
Walt Brooks Staduim
Greater Zion Stadium
Cinema 6
Burns Arena
LDS Family History Center
Cox Auditorium / Avenna Center
Amphitheater

Food & Drink

Popeyes
Culver's
Subway
Jack in the Box
Sno Shack
Little Caesars
Subway
Zeppe's Italian Ice

F Commute

Is public transit available in St. George? Of all people who commute, 0.4% take public transportation in St. George.
Drive to Work
77%

1% higher than the US average

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5% lower than the US average

Walk to Work
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1% lower than the US average

B Health & Safety

Is St. George a healthy and safe place to live? Yes, there are some hospitals, police and fire stations.

Hospitals

VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic
Advanced Hearing & Balance
Intermountain St. George Regional Hospital - 400 East Campus
Intermountain St. George Regional Hospital

Pharmacies

Staples Health Mart Pharmacy
Stapley Pharmacy
Smith's Drive Thru Pharmacy
Brent's Pharmacy
Crimson Valley Pharmacy
Walgreens
Walgreens

Doctors

Callahan Clinic
Brain Blance Acheivement Centers

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