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St. George, Utah

  • Population: About 60,000 in St. George, 125,000 in Washington County.
  • Cost of Living: Slightly below average.
  • Rain: 8 inches primarily in April and May.
  • Snow: About one snowstorm per year, lasting only a few hours.
  • January High: 54 - January Low: 27
  • July High: 102 - July Low: 69

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St. George Art And Studio Tour

The new St. George / Art and Studio Tour is a free, self-guided weekend tour and celebration of the St George Art community! As part of a county-wide Art and Studio Tour season, it will run the 3rd week of the month, from Sept.-June.

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St. George, Utah Details

St. George has a gorgeous setting in southwestern Utah. Overhead, the sky is a gorgeous blue, with high clouds streaming like white decorations. Behind town, the sandstone cliffs are rich and red, next, there’s the lovely green grass created by the area’s nine golf courses a huge attraction for retirees.

  The Town got its start in 1801 when Brigham Young, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints sent a group of 309 pioneer farmers to grow cotton and wine grapes in this unlikely terrain. Other products included silk, dried fruit, molasses and pecans. Because so many of the settlers hailed from the South, the region was nicknamed Dixie.

The blue skies also spread over some of southwestern Utah’s most stunning canyon scenery, predominantly Zion National Park, just 43 miles east of St. George. Zion is a place of giant fundamentals, rock, water and sky, where everything seems glorious. On a 6.7-mile scenic drive into the heart of the canyon, one stop is Weeping Rock, where a seep of water on a vertical cliff creates a hanging garden of crimson Monkey flowers and ferns. Nearby, the easy Narrows Trail follows the Virgin River. Visitors also stop at the visitor’s center to hear informative talks about local geology and wildlife.

Golfing is reasonably priced here too. On city courses, local residents can buy a punch card that really reduces the fees. It gives you 20 rounds of 9 holes for just $120 in summer and $160 n winter. Sunnybrook course is tough. It was rated by Golf magazine a few years ago as Utah’s top course. A challenger is the areas newest course, Entrada. Designed by Johnny Miller, it features rolling dunes and black lava beds.

There is also the famous St. George Marathon. A qualifying race for the Boston Marathon, winds through high desert terrain and attracts about 6200 runners, including a number of retirees. All year around, the St. George Recreation Center provides locals with a fitness room, racquetball courts and a new gym, while the Sand Hollow Aquatic Center has both competition and leisure pools.  St. George offers more than 55 restaurants. Unless you eat something, you can’t order a drink at most restaurants due to Utah’s strong Mormon influence.

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Sales Tax

6.25%. Exemptions: 67 exemptions statewide, including prescription drugs, hearing aids and prosthetic devices.

Income Tax

Married couples filing jointly, graduated from 2. 3% of taxable income up to $1,726 to 7% on accounts over $8626. 
For single filers, graduated from 2.3% of taxable income up to $863 to 7% on amounts over $4313.

Income Exemptions

There are exemptions in pensions and taxable social security benefits of up to $4800 for each taxpayer under age 65 and up to $7500 for those age 65 and older if they meet specified income limitations.

Estate Tax

None.

Property Tax

$10.354 per $1000 valuation.

Religion

St. George’s population is about 65% Mormon (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) two dozen other churches are active, including Assembly of God, Episcopal, Lutheran, Baptist, Catholic, Christian Science, Methodist and Presbyterian.

Education

Founded in 1911, Dixie State College (435) 652-7500, is a comprehensive community college serving 5500 students. The colleges institute for continued learning 435-652-7670, specifically for retirees and pre-retirees offers classes ranging from archaeology and Spanish to bridge, along with field trips, discussion groups and special events. For a $45 fee, seniors can take classes all year.

Health

Dixie regional medical center, (435)634-4000, is a comprehensive community hospital that opened a second campus in 2003 and totals 196 beds. Other health care services include the snow canyon clinic, color country health express, IHC health center and the St. George medical clinic. Services available include cardiology, behavioral medicine, cancer treatment, radiology, rehabilitation, intensive and critical care, pediatric care, obstetrics, chronic wound healing, home and hospice care, outpatient surgery and treatment and 24 hour emergency service.