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Old 01-01-2008, 06:25 PM
 
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Im from Ohio and we are thinking of moving to St.George.My parents already live there and my father told me about the network of the Lds but I really didnt know how true it was.After reading some of these I really am worried.I was going to move to Santa Clara in the summer before my daughter goes to first grade,we are non praciting catholics,what I want to know is how racist and prejudice St.George really is??? It is the first day of the new year and Cincinnati already had its first homicide.Racism,violence,child molesters,crime-that is what I have here-I want to have a better life for my family.I dont want to move somewhere my children wont be accepted at school,or in sports etc. Please Please tell me St.George is a great place to live except for the few with extreme ideals or sideways thinking!P>S> (I am a white woman who is married but also raises her two children I had with another man,am I a ruined woman??Just kidding actually maybe some of u people need to step into the new century!!!
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Old 01-01-2008, 11:19 PM
 
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Are you and your child friendly? Do you accept other cultures? If you do, you will be fine. Too many people come here and find that LDS people's world revovles around church and church activities. If you are not at those activites, there is less chance of a LOT of interaction. If they invite you, it is not to try and convert you, it is to include you. You hear horror stories, but when you read all the posts some make that are predjudice you will find there is a definate ax to grind. That is not to say that there are not some fathead LDS. You will find all religions have their zealots. That could happen with So. Baptists in Tennessee as well as LDS in Utah. Any place is what you make of it. The most important thing is be freindly and not judge just because the prevailing culture is not what you want it to be.
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Old 01-11-2008, 10:46 AM
 
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we just bought a home in st george within walking distance of downtown beside the big red rocks and we love it there. Our 23 year old daughter lives in the house as we need to stay in the seattle area for a bit longer due to the job. Her neighbors are friendly. she has a good job and has made friends at work.The weather was awesome in december, clear blue skies, i could see the stars at night. Something I never see in seattle. My aches and pains dissapeared within a few days of the dry climate. I felt more alive and full of energy and excitement at all the parks, lakes, rocks, beauty that the St george area has to offer.Every person we met was super friendly and on Sundays we had the stores all to ourselves to shop. the mormons do not shop on sunday. There were no traffic problems. the house we bought was over 1400 sq ft custom built only 4 years old and we got it for just under $200,00.00. A bargain compared to seattle. I know the weather is hot in the summer but i would gladly trade 3 or 4 hot months and 9 months of super nice weather for the, if we are lucky, 2 months of nice weather and 10 months of the crappiest weather one can imagine here in the northwest. Allways wet and cloudy, horrible traffic, terrible drivers, not very friendly real true people.House prices and crime that is downright scary. Hum I think Im on the next plane to st george. Sounds like heaven compared to here.
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Old 01-11-2008, 11:13 AM
 
Location: City of North Las Vegas, NV
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I suspect you want to avoid lower lying areas or ones near a wash or river.
There were some bad floods in St. George a few year ago, where some homes were completely washed out!
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Old 07-29-2009, 01:02 PM
 
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Hello, I lived in the St. George area for 15 years and have found it to be a wonderful place to live.

The area of St. George, Utah has many wonderful neighborhoods. Some i suggest are:

Washington Fields: Only since the late 1990's has Washington Fields even been developed. The area is home to several farms and many fields (hence the name "Washington Fields"). More recently the area has been booming with new subdivisons and homes. The area (South of the Virgin River and East of Bloomington Hills) is settled into a small valley and is very spread out. The area is almost completely residential other than some small construction, cement, excavating, trusses etc. businesses that are located on the Washington Dam Road. Almost all the of the neighborhoods feature custom homes despite a couple and many of the homes have large yards and are predominately newer. The home prices for Washington Fields is anywhere between $180,000 to well over a $1,000,000. There are some subdivisons in the center of the fields that feature multi-million dollar mansions. The boom for the area has slowed down as of 2008 but still growth is taking place. I would estimate that the population of Washington fields is 8,000. Washington fields is in a close proximity to many shopping locations in Washington City which includes large departments stores and many restaurants. The area is accesible from Washington city to the north, Bloomington Hills (& Little Valley) from the south, and one of the main roads in St. George, River Road, from the East. The area is zoned for several schools, Desert Hills High School (brand new school, opened in 2008), Pine View High School, Pine View Middle School, Desert Hills Middle School, Sunrise Ridge Intermediate School, Fossil Ridge Intermediate, Horizon Elementary, and Riverside Elementary. The area is split down Washington Fields Road to form the boundaries for the school which has caused previous problems for many parents and students in the past. Also, the area is predominately LDS (as with the whole Southern Utah area). I estimate the LDS (mormom) percentage to be 65%. All in all this area is a great place to raise a family.

Coral Canyon (Washington City): 2 miles east of Washington City is the masterplanned community called Coral Canyon. Coral Canyon is relitively hidden from the rest of the metro area and features hundreds and hudreds of tract homes. That being said, the tract homes are extremely nice and custom and range from around 1100 square feet to over 5,000. The homes are also reasonably priced but may tend to be a bit higher per square footage than many homes in Southern Utah. The neighborhood offers many parks and trails which is great for many young families. Coral Canyon is mixed about half and half between young families with young children and retired couples. I wouldn't recommend this neighborhood for families with teenagers. Also in Coral Canyon is an elementary school that was recently built that offers relief to many parents whose children used to be bussed several miles away. Coral Canyon is not the closest to all the attractions that St. George has to offer but it isn't too far away. To get to downtown St. George from Coral Canyon would take a good 13 minutes on a good day. Coral Canyon is beautifully landscaped and would be a great palce to start raising a family or to continue raising a small family.

Bloomington Hills: Located in the southern end of the valley, Bloomington Hills is a great place. The area is a bit older (developed in the late 1980's) but the homes are still well taken care of. The area is situated around a golf course and has many trails and beautiful large trees. Bloomington Hills has many larger families and is a better option to live if you have teenagers. Another great reason to locate to Bloomington Hills is the whole area is zoned for the same schools so there is no concern or problems which school zoning issues. And, the schools are great and extremely close by (about 1 mile away). the zoned schools are Bloomington Hills Elementary, Sunrise Ride Intermediate, Desert Hills Middle, and Desert Hills High. The area is a short 5 minute drive to the center of town where all your needs are. This neighborhood is also completely residential which is a good thing.

Snow Canyon/Entrada: In the northwest corner of the city is the area of Snow Canyon with the neighborhood of Entrada. Entrada is a newer subdivision which many expensive southwest styled homes located in the beautiful lava rocked and red cliffed landscaped area of Snow Canyon. Entrada is within close proximity to Snow Canyon State Park, Tuachan Ampitheater, and many restaurants and businesses.

Some Areas to Avoid or caution:

Dixie Downs: The farthest west area of St. George, Dixie Downs is a more dense, diverse, and dangerous area of town. Many people view the area as trashy and the area is very old. Nothing special here whatsoever.

Downtown St. George: Located in the center of the area, downtown St. George features the oldest part of town and has much more crime and is more predominately a Hispanic area of town. However, the area has very cheap single family housing (old, but cheap), and is close to many businesses, entertainment, and restaurants in St. George.

Washington City: Despite efforts to help Washington City, the area still has lost some shine. The area was the first part of Southern Utah to be developed and doesn't have a very good police force or government system. It is north of Washington Fields but they are fully separated. The housing is much cheaper though but the crime is higher and many gang reports have been from Washington City. However, the best part of town to go shopping is located in Washington. With stores like WalMart, Costco, Kohls, BestBuy, Bed Bath and Beyond, Albertsons, Home Depot, PetCo, Zions Bank, Village Bank, In N OUt Burger, Del Taco, Wendy's, Jack in the Box, El Pollo Loco, Burger King, and several other independent businesses, it is easy to see where the best place to have a business is located. However, that part of town is extremely congested. The largest intersection in Washington County is located right off I-15 at exit 10 and it is always jammed. The intersection is an 8 lane intersection that is still the busiest. Around Christmas time, Saturdays, and rush hour, you will have to wait for up to 6 light changes of your lane with cars backed up over a mile at times because not very many people use the freeway in Southern Utah. Also, finding parking to the stores around and getting out of them is very difficult. And beware, the WalMart supercenter in Washington City is probably one of the more busiet Wal Marts in the United States. Sometimes to check out takes around 45 minutes.

Hope this helps!
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Old 07-30-2009, 03:02 PM
 
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Aren't people fleeing the east side of town though due to the new airport going in and people worrying about noise and traffic?
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Old 07-23-2010, 11:08 AM
 
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Respectfully yours,FNIZZARD,but you are the first person who I have seen or heard be so hard on Seattle.It all depends on the personality of the individual.I would rent in St.George for a year or two....then make my decision.No one loves a dry,sunny climate more than this poster....but I know..having spent alot of time in the area that WINTER comes there and it is below freezing on occassion. Good Luck,
Dan
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Old 07-27-2010, 03:07 PM
 
Location: Flat Land
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I just want to say that this is a great thread and will help prospective residents like me for years to come. Thank you.
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Old 09-14-2010, 08:49 PM
 
Location: Saint George Ut ZION
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This is a very Religious base Society. People here are very exclusive. They tend to reject anyone who is not a member of a church and does not have FAMILY.

You must have FAMILY
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Old 01-07-2011, 06:45 PM
 
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[quote=hoody;1384583]I'm going with my wife next weekend to check out the St. George area. I have read many posts on this Utah forum concerning St. George. Many do not show this area in a favorable light however they still live there. I find that interesting. The place looks great through what I've seen on the net and flyers, but some say stay away from "Dixie Downs" (don't know what part of town that is. And some say parts of Washington and Santa Clara. Can some of you locals direct me to some good neighborhoods in the 300,000 to 400,000 range, this would cut down on my touring time in a big way.
Thanks
P.S. why are these parts of town stated above less desirable?

They are older areas of town I live in the dixi downs area I dont see anything wrong with it other then to many older people
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