Hurricane Utah - people come for the adventure; they stay for the weather. This Washington County city in Utah is part of the St. George Metro area and home to about 16,000 residents. Besides being one of the most beautiful places in southern Utah, it’s a great place to raise a family, enjoy the outdoors, get some of the tastiest bites from restaurants and bistros, and enjoy all the southern Utah has to offer. There are multiple lakes, preservation areas, trails, and outdoor activities to explore but it’s also an extremely affordable place to call home. If you’re considering moving to southern Utah, take a little glimpse into the Hurricane area.
Dating back to 1896, the name Hurricane was derived after a whirlwind blue the top off a buggy of local settlers. Legend has it that that buggy rider was Erastus Snow, who exclaimed, “Well, that was a Hurricane, we’ll name this Hurricane Hill.” And the name stuck. The town originally operated as a large peach and apricot orchard and is historically known for growing not only these fruits but pecans and pistachios as well. For over 80 years, Hurricane and the Hurricane Canal was utilized throughout the Hurricane Valley. This canal brought fresh water and irrigation to all the orchards and farms around the area. As early as 2000, local preservation groups have worked to restore the canal, receiving grants to construct a trail and attribute to the early settlers for their hard work and dedication.
Hurricane is part of the Washington County school district and the town has one high school, two elementary schools, and intermediate schools for grades 6 and 7 and a middle school for grades 8 – 9. There’s also the Valley Academy, a charter school for grades kindergarten through 8. There are about 22 students per teacher in Hurricane and 92.2% of all high school seniors are graduates. The Hurricane high school is also attended by students from La Verkin, Toquerville, and Springdale.
Hurricane is a beautiful place to retire, settle down, or raise a family. With great schools, families enjoy the peace and quiet the Hurricane provides. There’s hardly any traffic and most people commute no more than 15 to 20 minutes to surrounding communities and cities such as St. George for work.
The sheer beauty of our typography and landscape is what draws a lot of people to the southern Utah area. Folks come to access the Zion National Park as well as the Hurricane Valley Heritage Park Museum, multiple trails, biking and hiking facilities, and the beauty of the landscape. Many of those people decide to stay and make Hurricane their home. Although there’s a total of about 16,000 residents, there’s only about 10,000 full time. The city is set against the gorgeous backdrop of red rock formations and snowcapped mountains and because of its location between St. George and Zion National Park just minutes from the Arizona border, it’s small town feel with dramatic backdrops make this an ideal location for anyone that loves over 300 days of sunshine, a charming small town feel, yet close to most amenities anyone would need.
For those looking to live here permanently or maybe for a vacation home in the St. George area, prices start at about $50,000 for lots or parcels of land and single-family homes start at around $150,000. Luxury properties can top $2 million with larger parcels and developments over $5 million. There’s something for everyone whether it’s a beautiful home in some of the newest communities such as Dixie Springs, or established favorites such as Copper Rock and Zion Vista. Start your search here for all Hurricane communities and contact our office today to schedule a showing at any time.
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