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The city is 118 miles northeast of Las Vegas and 300 miles south-southwest of Salt Lake City on Interstate 15. Smith, a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Apostle. This trend continued through 2010, when growth slowed substantially due to the economic recession. George was declared the fifth fastest-growing metropolitan area in the United States in 2015.
Prior to the arrival of the first European settlers, the St.
More important to the economy was tourism, which developed as the railroads began to carry visitors to the nearby Zion National Park.
At the outbreak of the American Civil War in 1861, Brigham Young organized the settlement of what is now Washington County.
The urban area is studded by numerous hills, mesas, waterways and habitat reserves, creating natural boundaries of sections, neighborhoods, and communities within the city. George is bordered by its suburbs; Washington and Hurricane to the east, Santa Clara and Ivins to the west-northwest, and the community of Bloomington which forms the southwestern part of the city.
The downtown area is generally located in the central valley between the natural boundaries, Black Hill to the west, the red sandstone bluff or Red Hill to the north, Foremaster Ridge to the east, and the Virgin River to the south.
It was called Dixie by Brigham Young, who was president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.