The town has become associated with some of Utah’s best golf courses (there are 10 public courses in St. George), and is conveniently located in proximity to Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks, the Grand Canyon, Pine Valley Mountains, Las Vegas, and a number of state parks. Active retirees will find plenty of hiking and biking trails, camping, bird-watching and star-gazing. Athletic retirees may want to sign up for the Huntsman World Senior Games, open to those age 50 and older and held annually in St. George.
Additionally, culture lovers won’t be left out in the cold. St. George hosts the annual Utah Shakespeare Festival which runs from June through October, and is home to the St. George Art Museum and the Tuacahn Amphitheatre, a large venue with concerts, plays and musical performances.
Con: Nearest major airport is in Las Vegas
Best For: Outdoor lovers and golfers
Cost of Living: 11.1% lower than national average
Median Home Cost: $184,100
Top State Income Tax: Flat 5% income tax rate
Crime Rate: 57% lower than national average
St. George also offers retirees mild weather year-round (summers can be very hot) and an affordable lifestyle. The cost of living here is 11 percent lower than the national average, while the median home price is $184,000. A number of retirement communities has sprung up in the area, attracting many active adults.
Still, it’s important to remember that Utah is one of few states that does tax Social Security benefits. Utah’s population is more than 60 percent Mormon, although St. George tends to be more religiously diverse than some of Utah’s other towns.
St. George does have a hospital, the Dixie Medical Center, but many residents travel to Las Vegas (a 2-hour drive) for more healthcare options. Additionally, the largest airport is in Las Vegas McCarran Airport, which can be inconvenient. Still, there are shuttle services that run from St. George’s to the airport.
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