George area was inhabited by the Virgin River Anasazi and later by the Paiute tribe.The first Europeans in the area were part of the Dominguez–Escalante Expedition in 1776. George was founded as a cotton mission in 1861 under the direction of Apostle Erastus Snow.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. George is a city in and the county seat of Washington County, Utah, United States.Located in the southwestern part of the state on the Arizona border, near the tri-state junction of Utah, Arizona and Nevada, it is the principal city of the St. The city lies in the northeastern-most part of the Mojave Desert adjacent to the Pine Valley Mountains near the convergence of three distinct geological areas: the Mojave Desert, Colorado Plateau, and Great Basin. George had a population of 80,202, and the metropolitan area, defined as Washington County, had an estimated population of 155,600. George is the seventh-largest city in Utah and the most populous city in the state outside of the Wasatch Front. George was ranked the second fastest-growing metropolitan area in the United States, behind only Greeley, Colorado.Winds routinely carried the fallout of these tests directly through the St. Marked increases in the frequency of cancer in the population, not limited to leukemia, lymphoma, thyroid cancer, breast cancer, melanoma, bone cancer, brain tumors, and gastrointestinal tract cancers, were reported from the mid-1950s until the early 1980s.A 1962 United States Atomic Energy Commission report found that children living in St.
One person was killed and 28 homes were destroyed by the Santa Clara River. George received the brunt of the fallout of above-ground nuclear testing at the Yucca Flats/Nevada Test Site northwest of Las Vegas.George, Utah, at the time of the fallout may have received doses to the thyroid of radioiodine as high as 120 to 440 rads" (1.2 to 4.4 Gy).According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 64.9 square miles (168.0 km²), of which, 64.4 square miles (166.8 km²) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.2 km²) of it (0.72%) is water. George lies in a desert valley, with most of the city lying below 3,000 feet (900 m).Despite decades of rapid growth and new development in the city, the tallest buildings are still low-rise at no more than five to six stories tall.Much of the city's more exclusive, high-end neighborhoods were developed in the hills and mesas within the city to capture the scenic views.