Facts About St. George
St. George was founded in 1861 as a cotton mission.
St. George is a city in and the county seat of Washington County, Utah, United States. Located in the southwestern corner of the state on the Arizona border, it is the principal city of the St. George Metropolitan Statistical Area.
The city lies in the northeasternmost part of the Mojave Desert, adjacent to the Pine Valley Mountains and near the convergence of three distinct geological areas: the Mojave Desert, Colorado Plateau, and Great Basin.
The estimated population of St. George is 84,500, as of 2019 with the overall MSA having an estimated population of 171,700.
The city was settled in 1861 as a cotton mission, earning it the nickname “Dixie”.
The city has a total area of 64.9 square miles, of which, 64.4 square miles of it is land and 0.5 square miles of it is water.
St. George lies in a desert valley, with most of the city lying 3,000 feet above sea level.
St. George was incorporated as a city in 1862.
St. George was named in honour of George A. Smith, a leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
St. George was named as the county seat for Washington County in 1863.