19 Washington County UT
19th Fastest Growing County In the Nation
Washington County, Utah
Seat: St. George
According to U.S. Census Bureau estimates Washington County is
the 19th fastest growing county in America based on percent of
growth between January 2000 and July 2006 for all counties
that began the period with more than ten thousand inhabitants.
The newest town in the nineteenth fastest growing is Apple Valley. The village was only
incorporated in 2004 and is isolated in a small valley on the
Little Plains about 12 miles East of Hurricane. The scenery is
impressive with Zion National Park in the background and Mount
Smithsonian, Canaan Mountain and Little Creek Mesa framing the
area. Due to the higher elevation, the temperature in Apple
Valley is about 10 degrees cooler than Hurricane and St.
George year round. In 2004, Apple Valley had about 200 homes
and was growing at about 10 new homes per year. Washington
County is part of the St. George, Utah Metropolitan
Washington County which was established in 1852, had already
grown in population to 90,354 by the year 2000. But in the six
years that marked the beginning of the 21 Century, the county
increased the number of residents by 39.8 percent
bringing the estimated total population in July 2006 to
The astounding growth of the last six years has made
Washington County the number 1 fastest growing county in the
Beehive State of Utah and the 19th fastest in the nation.
It is difficult to determine how the growth may have
affected the price of homes in the area but in the year 2000
the median cost for a home within the 2,427 square mile
jurisdiction was $139,800.