Cedar City, Utah

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Cedar City Favorites

What’s your favorite thing about living in Cedar City?

  • The small town feel. (Cari, 6 months)
  • It’s a small town but still a city. (T., 1 year)
  • The location. (Audrey, 2 years)
  • Warmer climate, nicer people, more variety in things to do. (Maci, 2 years)
  • SUU. (Abby, 3 years)
  • SUU. (Myken, 3 years)
  • SUU, the mountains, proximity to St. George. (Anonymous, 3 years)
  • Plenty of close places to go camping. (Anonymous, 5 years)
  • The size. (Anonymous, 8 years)
  • Small town and great small businesses. (Anonymous, 10 years)
  • Beautiful mountains so close and accessible. (Morgan, 16 years)
  • The scenery. (Anthony, 20 years)
  • Having the small town feel without having to live somewhere rural. (John, 20 years)
  • Perfect size. (Talise, 20 years)
  • All the summer festivals and events. (Kaitlyn, 23 years)
  • Location. (Anonymous, 30+ years)

Cedar City Least Favorites

What’s your least favorite thing about living in Cedar City?

  • The seeming lack of organization in some areas. Probably because it’s a small town and it doesn’t really matter. (Just moved from a city of 1.5 million) Also, the parks are a little dated and seem not quite up to safety standards. (Cari, 6 months)
  • There’s nothing to really do. All the college students take the housing. Housing is also way too expensive. (T., 1 year)
  • There isn’t a lot to do in the winter. (Audrey, 2 years)
  • The school survey. (Maci, 2 years)
  • Few childcare options. (Abby, 3 years)
  • There’s not much to do. (Myken, 3 years)
  • Very few entertainment options, and very few opportunities to meet people and make friends. (Anonymous, 3 years)
  • Too many Mormons acting superior. (Anonymous, 5 years)
  • Lack of things to do: club, events, things like that. (Anonymous, 8 years)
  • My worry is that because of the temple, Cedar won’t remain the nice town I love. (Anonymous, 10 years)
  • Not much to do. (Morgan, 16 years)
  • Being treated with violence and hostility by the LDS community. (Anthony, 20 years)
  • The lack of jobs that aren’t miserable. (John, 20 years)
  • Weather. (Talise, 20 years)
  • Some of the people are rude and the drivers. (Kaitlyn, 23 years)
  • Small town attitudes. (Anonymous, 30+ years)

Cedar City Things To Do

What are fun things to do in Cedar City?

  • Library, aquatic center, parks, hiking. (Cari, 6 months)
  • Bowling is about it. Maybe movies. (T., 1 year)
  • Shop in the historic district. (Audrey, 2 years)
  • Bowling, going to the movies, sporting events. (Maci, 2 years)
  • Go hiking. (Abby, 3 years)
  • Lake on the hill. (Myken, 3 years)
  • Go to Wal-Mart, movies, shooting range, hiking. (Anonymous, 3 years)
  • Hiking trails, Aquatic Center, bowling alley and ice skating. (Anonymous, 5 years)
  • Shop, ride in the country, camp, etc. (Anonymous, 8 years)
  • Hike, fairs and festivals, plays, nerdy things, and having beautiful places to go hang out with friends and family. (Anonymous, 10 years)
  • Movies, go out to eat, hiking. (Morgan, 16 years)
  • Hiking. (Anthony, 20 years)
  • Enjoying the scenery, eating the food, and going to the Shakespeare festival. (John, 20 years)
  • Bowling. (Talise, 20 years)
  • Shakespeare festival, art museum, go bowling, night games, SUU events, hiking, ice skating, aquatic center, picnic in a park, four wheeling, etc. (Kaitlyn, 23 years)
  • So many outdoor activities, aquatic center. (Anonymous, 30+ years)

Cedar City’s Reputation

What’s Cedar City known for?

  • Shakespeare Festival and SUU. (Cari, 6 months)
  • Festivals. (T., 1 year)
  • SUU. (Audrey, 2 years)
  • Largest community in Iron County. (Maci, 2 years)
  • Shakespeare Festival. (Abby, 3 years)
  • Festivals and Shakespeare and SUU. (Myken, 3 years)
  • SUU. (Anonymous, 3 years)
  • Shakespeare Festival. (Anonymous, 5 years)
  • Shakespeare Festival. (Anonymous, 8 years)
  • The festivals. (Anonymous, 10 years)
  • Red rocks. (Morgan, 16 years)
  • Festivals. (Anthony, 20 years)
  • It’s best known for the Shakespeare festival. (John, 20 years)
  • Festival City (Shakespeare festival, summer games, July Jamboree, etc.). (Talise, 20 years)
  • Shakespeare Festival, summer games, SUU. (Kaitlyn, 23 years)
  • Utah Shakespeare festival, SUU, national parks. (Anonymous, 30+ years)

Cedar City Crime

What’s the crime like in Cedar City? (hot spot areas, etc.)

  • It depends on the area. Compared to my previous city there’s not as much to worry about, but there are still petty crimes. (Cari, 6 months)
  • Moderate. (T., 1 year)
  • I think it is fairly low. (Audrey, 2 years)
  • Not very noticeable. (Maci, 2 years)
  • More crime lately. (Myken, 3 years)
  • Most of the trailer parts have a lot of drug trafficking, especially the one that is referred to “Little Mexico”. (Anonymous, 5 years)
  • Like any other town, it as its problems with drugs and theft. (Anonymous, 8 years)
  • Some of the areas behind north elementary. (Anonymous, 10 years)
  • A lot by and behind burger alley area. (Morgan, 16 years)
  • There’s been drug busts, plenty of violence, and murders. (Anthony, 20 years)
  • There’s not much crime. There’s a few areas with more than others like the trailer park, but it’s not bad. (John, 20 years)
  • There are a couple neighborhoods I steer clear of because of crime. (Talise, 20 years)
  • There are certain parts of town where crime is highest. People mainly arrested for DUIs and drugs. (Kaitlyn, 23 years)
  • 200 N to Industrial Rd. (Anonymous, 30+ years)

Cedar City Advice

Any advice for people moving to Cedar City?

  • It seems like the “career” type job market is lacking, so be prepared to commute or job hunt for a while. (Cari, 6 months)
  • Don’t do it. (T., 1 year)
  • It is a struggle to find affordable, NICE housing. (Audrey, 2 years)
  • Don’t upset people (Maci, 2 years)
  • Get on daycare waiting lists if you need it. (Abby, 3 years)
  • Don’t. (Myken, 3 years)
  • Live somewhere else if you can. (Anonymous, 3 years)
  • Don’t do it! (Anonymous, 5 years)
  • If you like to drink, be prepared to travel or drink at home. In general, it is a good place for young families. Has friendly people for the most part. (Anonymous, 8 years)
  • Small town, get to know your neighbors. (Anonymous, 10 years)
  • If you’re not LDS, move somewhere else. (Anthony, 20 years)
  • Eat Frychos from Charlie’s. (John, 20 years)
  • It may seem like there’s nothing to do but you just have to search. (Talise, 20 years)
  • Discover the area. (Anonymous, 30+ years)

Cedar City Stories

Share an experience you’ve had in Cedar City (fun, crazy, dangerous, etc.).

  • I hiked up the steep hill behind Walgreens pushing a double stroller trying to get to Park Discovery. I was new in town and thought there would be a path. (Cari, 6 months)
  • Seen a car crash every day for about a week straight. That’s crazy. (T., 1 year)
  • Shakespeare festival is great! (Anonymous, 3 years)
  • The rodeo was a fun experience. (Abby, 3 years)
  • Getting conned out of all the money I had saved up, by somebody in a real estate agency that I trusted. She got me into a house that I moved into, then acted like a friend (she was actually really crazy) lied to everybody, but managed to get $1,000 out of me… (Anonymous, 5 years)
  • I love sitting on my porch when it’s snowing and watching how man people can’t drive in the snow. (Anonymous, 10 years)
  • Street racing down Main St. when in high school. (Morgan, 16 years)
  • I was bullied by the entirety of Cedar High School. All the students lined the hall and chanted “freak” at me for not being LDS. When my parents tried to talk to the staff, they denied any bullying was going on. (Anthony, 20 years)
  • I once drifted my old car out in Three Peaks while wearing a full tailcoat. That was fun. (John, 20 years)
  • Watching the Shakespeare festival every year. (Talise, 20 years)
  • While in high school my friends and I would play night games during the summer. We would play fugitive and start at SUU and end at park discovery. We would also do lots of bonfires at three peaks. When I was in elementary school I helped design park discovery with other students in Cedar. (Kaitlyn, 23 years)

Cedar City’s Future

How do you think Cedar City will change over the next 10 years?

  • It will grow as people look for a slower pace of life. (Cari, 6 months)
  • It won’t. (T., 1 year)
  • I believe it will become more popular. (Audrey, 2 years)
  • I think it’ll grow. (Abby, 3 years)
  • Be overcrowded because the city expands very slowly. (Anonymous, 3 years)
  • It will get worse. More drugs, more crim. Especially since they opened up the new Temple. They’re going to build more homes, more people are going to come, a small town is going to become a fairly large town, and I will move the hell out of here as soon as possible. It’s bad enough I already hate this town. (Anonymous, 5 years)
  • It will get bigger, hopefully expand the north end of town more by Enoch. (Anonymous, 8 years)
  • I’m sure it will grow and expand. (Anonymous, 10 years)
  • Hopefully continue to grow. (Morgan, 16 years)
  • It’ll get worse. (Anthony, 20 years)
  • I think it will get bigger and lose some of that small town feel. (John, 20 years)
  • Grow because of the new temple. More people will be visiting. (Talise, 20 years)
  • It will get bigger both in population and business. (Kaitlyn, 23 years)
  • Growth. (Anonymous, 30+ years)

Cedar City Facts

Any other interesting facts about Cedar City?

  • All of the history and that silly lighthouse. (Anonymous, 10 years)
  • We have a lighthouse for some reason. (John, 20 years)
  • It was named Cedar City because the pioneers thought the trees here were Cedar trees but they are actually Juniper trees. (Talise, 20 years)