County Overview




Washington County has unparalleled access to natural resources and boundless desert and mountain recreational opportunities. St. George, the third fastest-growing metropolitan area in the country, is located within a 2.5-hour drive to five National Parks. 


Located on I-15, Washington County is only 5 hours away from Salt Lake City and 2 hours away from Las Vegas. 


St. George Regional Airport provides easy access to the county. 

Anchor Institutions

Dixie Regional Medical Center, a Level II Trauma Center, provides state-of-the-art healthcare. Additionally, Dixie State, with 9,000 students, is the fastest growing university in the state. 

St. George is becoming an increasingly diverse high-tech economy with the med-tech, bio-tech, aerospace, high-tech manufacturing, IT/Software, AI, and automation sectors booming. Infrastructure investments have increased to support a high-tech economy and quality of life. New developments in the area include Tech Ridge and the downtown mixed-use communities.

County-level Data

Description Census Data
Residents 171,700
Population change from 2010-2018 24.3%
Median Income $55,175
% of Individuals in Poverty 11.2%
% of Adults with HS Diploma 92.4%
% of Adults with Bachelor’s Degree 28.1%
Employed 49,056
Median Gross Rent $983 (US Census Bureau Quick Facts 2013-2017)
Median Home Value $240,300 (US Census Bureau Quick Facts 2013-2017)
Unemployment Rate 3.0%
Projected Labor Force – 2020 73,824
Projected Labor Force – 2025 87,837


Sources: Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute

Census Tracts Overview

Washington County tracts share a border and all the opportunities and assets listed in the county overview. The mid-town location and proximity to downtown, the university, the technical college, the hospital, and Tech Ridge makes these tracts an ideal location for well-designed and sustainable mixed-use and multi-family housing development. The downtown area is being revitalized and is already seeing a surge of new activity, and the need for housing options in more affordable income ranges is well documented. A collaborative, innovation-focused entrepreneurial ecosystem is blooming and projects that support and foster those activities will find success here.

Economic Snapshot

Visit the Utah Department of Workforce Services economic snapshot here.