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<p>I've tried FYT a couple of times, but got nothing ... does ANYONE live in Southern Utah?  Or actually know anyone who does?    My parents moved to the area a few years ago and I really love it (well, I love visiting), but am wondering about moving there.</p>
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<p>Is it as conservative as it seems?  How is the economy?  Is it a good place to raise children?</p>
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<p>My sister lives in St. George, and loves it. I don't know how conservative it is (or how conservative it might seem to you. .  .she IS LDS, so it probably wouldn't seem that conservative to her). It's HOT in the summer but they have horses and dogs and plan to be there for a long time.</p>
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<p>Feel free to ask more specifics, and I can ask her!</p>
 

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<p>I visit Zion and Sprindale often.  Amazing!</p>
 

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<p>My mom is in St. George!  We're not LDS, and just aren't too sure how we'd end up fitting in.  We really love Zion and all the parks, but we don't want to move there and end up with zero social life.  Can you ask her how the job situation is out there? </p>
 

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<p>I live in Northern Utah.  Yes, Southern Utah is as conservative as it seems.  The area is BEAUTIFUL, though, and the Shakespearean Festival at Southern Utah University is world-famous (probably a 45-minute drive from St. George.)   St. George is kind of known as a retirement city, though, so that may make it tougher for your kids to find friends. I'd actually be more likely to move to Cedar City (where Southern Utah University is) than St. George. </p>
 

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<p>I grew up in Southern Utah. I visit there often. It is a lot different than when I was a kid. Back then it was like 90% or more Mormon. And if you went Mormon you were looked down on. If you were not the right KIND of Mormon you were looked down on. (the 2nd was me) But now it is not like that. There is so many others that have moved in and there is a much better mix of people. You still are going to have some 'die hard' Mormon types though.</p>
<p>There is a great homeschooling community and a lot of natural homebirthers. Homebirth is actually pretty popular there. :)</p>
<p>The cost of living is actually pretty high but the wages are not that great. Hubby is getting $22 an hour but for the same job in St. George he would be getting about $14. That is the biggest downside.</p>
<p>It is so pretty there. You are close to the mountains, close to Zion National Park and close enough to Las Vegas if you some big city fun. The arts are huge there too. There is a public performing arts school that is wonderful. Tons of community theatres all around. The streets are quaint but very functional and the town in clean.</p>
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<p>Candipooh, I was born in St. George over 50 years ago. I can agree with you that it has changed. The "better than you's", as far as I can tell got money hungry and started selling their land, thus diluting their influence.</p>
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<p>There are a lot of "Mormons" there and if you moved there, there would be a good chance people would want to share their religion with you. As long as you realize it is because they feel it's something really good and they want to share it, you'll be okay. But, as mentioned above, there are a lot of people living there who aren't Mormons. (I am Mormon, so no one tries to convert me. *grin*)</p>
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<p>It is very expensive to live there in contrast with the pay from the jobs there. The food prices aren't so bad, but the rent is horribly expensive and the pay low (in comparison to each other). And the summers get to 115 and above. And, yes, it is definitely a retirement community, but I have never seen it lacking in children.</p>
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<p>I don't live there now. Twenty five years ago, I adopted Arizona as my home but I have lived in St. George off and on during that time.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>A&A</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1278677/southern-utah-anyone#post_16041756"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>I live in Northern Utah.  Yes, Southern Utah is as conservative as it seems.  The area is BEAUTIFUL, though, and the Shakespearean Festival at Southern Utah University is world-famous (probably a 45-minute drive from St. George.)  The economy in Utah is about on par with the rest of the nation.  In fact, some friends of ours are moving to St. George because the husband can only find a job there.  St. George is kind of known as a retirement city, though, so that may make it tougher for your kids to find friends. I'd actually be more likely to move to Cedar City (where Southern Utah University is) than St. George. </p>
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No way! I have been reading your posts for as long as I've been here, A&A, and I never knew you lived in Utah! I'm in the SLC area.</p>
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<p>OP, I wouldn't live in St. George, but that's because I can't stand the heat. I <em>might</em> be convinced to live in Cedar City, but only for the Shakespearean festival. There is a lot to do there, but geez, it's hot.</p>
 

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<p>Thank you for all of the input!  The heat in St. George is a big turn-off for me as well.  My mom keeps recommending Cedar City (better climate) - is the COL a bit lower there? </p>
 

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<p>It has been a while since I've looked at anything in that area, but several years ago, it seemed like the rental (houses) was not as much as in St. George. You could look at ads in the local papers. Technically, the Spectrum is a St. George paper but it used to have Cedar City classifieds in it as well. Also, you could compare prices yourself (anything classifieds have that include a price: help wanted, for rent, for sale). I don't know if the online papers have store sales in them, but if they do that would give you an idea of food prices.</p>
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<p><a href="http://www.cedarcityreview.com/" target="_blank">http://www.cedarcityreview.com/</a></p>
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<p><a href="http://www.thespectrum.com/" target="_blank">http://www.thespectrum.com/</a></p>
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<p><a href="http://ironcountytoday.com/" target="_blank">http://ironcountytoday.com/</a></p>
 

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<p>We visited Cedar City recently (we have family there) and found groceries to be really reasonable. The problem is that there are NO jobs.  Our family told us that many, many people commute to St. George (not so bad, it's 45 min away) or even to Las Vegas (3 hours away). I just found this link for rentals. It seems pretty affordable, provided you find a job. Not sure how it compares to housing in St. George. . . <a href="http://www.thatrentalsite.com/For-Rent/Cedar-City-UT.html" target="_blank">http://www.thatrentalsite.com/For-Rent/Cedar-City-UT.html</a></p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>InMediasRes</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1278677/southern-utah-anyone#post_16045812"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>A&A</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1278677/southern-utah-anyone#post_16041756"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>I live in Northern Utah.  Yes, Southern Utah is as conservative as it seems.  The area is BEAUTIFUL, though, and the Shakespearean Festival at Southern Utah University is world-famous (probably a 45-minute drive from St. George.)  The economy in Utah is about on par with the rest of the nation.  In fact, some friends of ours are moving to St. George because the husband can only find a job there.  St. George is kind of known as a retirement city, though, so that may make it tougher for your kids to find friends. I'd actually be more likely to move to Cedar City (where Southern Utah University is) than St. George. </p>
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No way! I have been reading your posts for as long as I've been here, A&A, and I never knew you lived in Utah! I'm in the SLC area.</p>
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<br><br><p>LOL.  Small world! </p>
 

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<p>Apparently the Southern Utah economy isn't doing too well:</p>
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<p><a href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/50658043-79/county-percent-recession-george.html.csp" target="_blank">http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/50658043-79/county-percent-recession-george.html.csp</a></p>
 
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