Residents of Southern Utah enjoy a relatively low cost of living; approximately 2% less than the U.S. national average. From the categories of groceries, housing, utilities, transportation, and healthcare, St. George rates higher than average for groceries but lower than average for healthcare and utilities. When compared to the rest of the U.S., rates throughout Utah are much lower.
Depending on the location, electricity is supplied by Dixie Power, Rocky Mountain Power, and various municipal power providers, and rates vary with each. There are plans in the works to bring clean, renewable energy to the area, and many find solar to be a great option, taking advantage of the 300+ days of sunshine per year.
There are many solid waste companies that pick up garbage and deliver it to the landfill which is located east of Washington and southeast of the I-15.
Because Washington County sits at the corner of the Mojave Desert, water is a very precious commodity. Currently, we get most of our water from surface and groundwater sources, but with the explosion of growth expected for Washington County in the future, water remains a critical issue.
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