Retiring In Cedar City, Utah

By: Sam Dodd

Not surprisingly, retirees have helped make Cedar City become one of the fastest growing small cities in the country, according to a recent study by the US census bureau. This city with a population of around 25,000 and situated midway between Las Vegas and Salt Lake City offers the best of everything - a small town feel, but with big city amenities including theater and cultural events.

Cedar City is well known as the home of Utah's famous Shakespeare festival, attracting visitors from all over the world. The city offers other festivals year round, such as the Neil Simon festival and the Western Arts festival. Outside festival time, the 7000 or so students at the local Southern Utah University ensure a diverse selection of bars, restaurants and various cultural activities.

The Government Performance Project recently named the state of Utah as the leading US state as far as managing its money, resources and infrastructure for its citizens. The states far reaching program - known as Utah Tomorrow - ensures an excellent standard of living and benefits for all. Utah also has an appealingly low sales tax rate of just 4.75%.

If you are thinking of retiring to the area, housing is plentiful and affordable - the average price of a 3 bed, 2 bath home being around $199,000. Lots are often large and land for building on is both inexpensive and plentiful, starting at around $75,000.00 for a lot of several acres. There are also several rentals, both short term and long term are reasonably priced as well. large townhouse complexes, planned unit developments and other affordable housing in the city.

Cedar City is situated almost 6000 feet above sea level, and because of its elevation, experiences around 310 clear days a year. Summer temperatures average in the mid 80s while during the winter months, snowfall is periodic and usually melts away within a day or two. Up on the mountains above Cedar City there is plenty of snow for the avid skier or snowboarder.

Within easy reach of Cedar City is some of Utah's most dramatic and unspoiled scenery as well as numerous opportunities for hiking, skiing, sailing and golf. The town makes an excellent gateway for visiting Bryce Canyon, Grand Staircase and Zion National Parks, as well as the less visited but spectacular north rim of the Grand Canyon.

And if you are tempted to work again - CNN recently named Cedar City as the city of its size with the shortest commute - although that is hopefully something you won't be too concerned with!

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