St. George, UT

St. George is a city located in the southwestern part of the U.S. state of Utah on the Utah-Arizona border, near the tri-state junction of Utah, Nevada and Arizona. It is the county seat of Washington County, Utah and is the principal city of the St. George Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2015 U.S Census estimates, St. George had a population of 80,202, and its metropolitan area had an estimated population of 155,600  — County(Washington), Settled(1861).

St. George, Utah
The Center of Southern Utah's Red Rock Country!

The city lies in the northeastern-most part of the Mojave Desert adjacent to the Pine Valley Mountains; it's also at the convergence of three distinct geological areas: the Mojave Desert, Colorado Plateau, and Great Basin.

St. George is the seventh-largest city in Utah and the most populous city in the state outside of the Wasatch Front. In 2005, St. George was ranked the second fastest-growing metropolitan area in the United States, beat only by Greeley, Colorado, this trend continued through 2010, when growth slowed substantially St. George Scenic Landscape!due to the economic recession. Today however, growth trends have once again increased at a steady pace, ranking St. George as the fifth fastest-growing metropolitan area in the United States.

The Cityscape -
The urban area is studded by numerous hills, mesas, waterways and habitat reserves, creating natural boundaries or dividers of sections, neighborhoods and communities within the city. Today, the city appears much differently than in its early days in history when the town was tucked below the red sandstone bluffs between the two black volcanic ridges. The city is bordered by its suburbs; Washington to the east, Santa Clara and Ivins to the west-northwest and the community of Bloomington which forms the southwestern part of the city. As the city expanded, so did the network of roads and highways, and with all the ridges and rugged terrain of the valley, it made for a challenge, especially for east-west oriented travel. When the grid was originally plotted, the streets were built unusually wide so horse wagons could easily make U-turns and park with ample space.
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History -
Prior to the arrival of Europeans, the St. George area was inhabited by the Virgin River Anasazi and later by the Paiute tribe. The first Europeans in the area were part of the Dominguez–Escalante Expedition in 1776. St. George was founded as a cotton mission in 1861 under the direction of Erastus Snow which was called Dixie by Brigham Young. While early settlers did manage to grow cotton, it was never produced at competitive market rates; consequently, cotton farming was eventually abandoned and replaced by a tourist based economy as the railroads developed bringing visitors to the nearest National Park which is Zion National Park. * Read More

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