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Old 04-12-2015, 12:31 AM
 
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Residents of st George and srounding areas thinking of moving there With my 11 yr old and senior mom I'm wondering, I've known it there to be more of a senior citizen residential area but with its growth is there plenty of young families/older kids around and I'm a single mom is there 40s+single wards? it's so weird asking this on here but that curiosity has been bugging me sooo anyone? 
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Old 04-12-2015, 09:30 AM
 
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St George has all age groups. Plenty of kids/teens for your 11 year old to socialize with… and there are a bunch of 40+ single wards. My dad found his now wife at a ward volleyball outing at age 48.
St George is top notch in my opinion…go get em tiger
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Old 04-14-2015, 11:21 PM
 
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Residents of st George and srounding areas thinking of moving there With my 11 yr old and senior mom I'm wondering, I've known it there to be more of a senior citizen residential area but with its growth is there plenty of young families/older kids around and I'm a single mom is there 40s+single wards? it's so weird asking this on here but that curiosity has been bugging me sooo anyone? 
In my opinion there is very little for kids to do here. I have a 12 year old straight A student with a group of nice friends and she is so bored here. The city focus is on under 10 as far as sports, camps and activites. There are virtually no summer camps for 11-18 (except boy scout), there is no roller skating, no ice skating, no water park, no art classes, no toy store, no arcades, and VERY limited library(my village of 1500 people in NY had a bigger library). My daughter and her friends will be here on a Friday and we buy pizza or rent a movie but they always ask what else can we do? There is no real mall, one pathetic old mini golf course, no chuck e cheese type place, no museums, just nothing but movies and food. Sometimes when it isn't hot we will go find a geocache and that is big excitement. Many places have tried to open here for kids, Hollywood connection, ice skating rink, art studios, make your own pottery, summer camps and arcades they all get turned down by the city. Every time a store closes or a new strip mall goes up, the kids are SO hopeful and then I watch their faces drop as we see the sign of another check cashing place, mattress store, cell phone store, or pawn shop.

I moved here over 10 years ago from New England and I watch the typical life of a 11-15 year old from a middle class family. Go to school, play an instrument and play one sport and church. One trip a year or every other year to California and some people go to cedar mtn or a cabin a few times a year. Some people enjoy the very sheltered life for their kids. St George really is a bubble. Of course with a lack of activities for tween and teens the drug problem is at all secondary schools. I have been to all of the schools and I picked the best IMO but it still has plenty of drugs(and I would estimate over 90% of the kids are LDS) and the kids main reason for starting is "there was nothing to do". While I consider myself a conservative parent, I do think 12 year old should have an opportunity to go to a summer day camp at a local college or go roller skating. Kids need a little independence slowly. I have seen nice kids, that are good students, come from good families, live in "the" better neighborhoods and sometimes 6 months go by and they haven't been anywhere but school, sports(at the school gym), church and home. They get SO excited just to go to the grocery store with me and when our neighbor was at a nursing home after hip surgery , I had kids beg for a spot in my car to go visit because the nursing home was THE cool place for tweens! Why, because it had a board game and puzzle room, a computer room, a movie room, the PT excerise room, and a cafeteria. They were so excited to have a place to hang out and have a bit of freedom and it was a nursing home!

If Utah or this area is your choice, I would look at Cedar City. Cedar is smaller but has way more for kids to do and much better schools. Rent and housing is cheaper and it is IMO a better family community. If your are thinking of renting, rentals are pretty hard to come by and pretty expensive. the better the schools the harder and more expensive it is. In what is consider to most people the better schools (little valley side/desert hills/sunrise) there are maybe 2 apartment complexes both have income low income requirments and wait lists. A 3 bed 2 bath home will be $1200+ and a condo not much cheaper, a newer 3bed home will be 1400-1500+. In cedar there are plenty of apartments , condos and cheaper rental homes. I have known many over 40 women that are LDS and single with kids. 3 of them got married to men from cedar city and are all very happy.

As for your mom, I urge you to verify and doctors or medical care she might need before moving here. Do not think because we have a big hospital or a certain speciality your mom can or will be a patient. Many doctors have a cap on the number od medicare patients. Getting a primary care doctor can be very hard for seniors, usually a wait list. Also your mom might be in great health now, my mom was when she moved here and then she got ill after surgery and it was a nightmare having to drive for 2 years 650 miles roundtrip to salt lake for care that could easily been done here if there wasn;t a wait list or we had more specilaity care. I can't tell you how many seniors after getting their first illness regret St George.
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