St. George is a city located in southwestern Utah, on the Utah-Arizona border, known regionally as Utah's Dixie (a nickname given to the area for it's warm southern Utah climate which was historically used to grow cotton by early settlers). The city is nestled in a scenic valley of desert vistas in the northeastern Mojave Desert, adjacent to the majestic Pine Valley Mountains. St. George has seen unprecedented growth and has become well-known for its spectacular scenery, proximity to Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park and Grand Canyon National Park; a growing arts and cultural flare; year-round golf, recreation, mild climate of over 300 sunny days a year, internationally known events and a major southwestern retirement destination. In the 1990s, the city was dubbed Utah's Palm Springs as retirees were flocking here. Today, however, St. George is growing into a diverse city of all walks of life, with a current city population of over 80,000 and metropolitan area of nearly 156,000. For locals and visitors alike, from the avid outdoor enthusiast to the more cosmopolitan type, the area offers everything from 'A to Zion'.