Introduction to Cedar City, Utah

Cedar City, Utah, in Iron county, is 153 miles NE of North Las Vegas, Nevada and 154 miles NE of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Cedar City History

Cedar City was originally inhabited by the Paiute Indians. It was founded on November 11, 1851 by Mormon pioneers. Henry Lunt and his men were sent to the area to build an iron works fort known as "Fort Cedar." It was named because of the abundant cedar trees that covered the hills. The first railroad entered the area in 1923.

Cedar City and nearby Attractions

  • Iron Mission State Park
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints - Canyon View
  • Zion National Park
  • Southern Utah University Museums and Galleries
  • Cedar Breaks National Monument
  • Dixie National Forest

Things To Do In Cedar City

Cedar City is home to the Iron Mission State Park. History Buffs should visit the Southern Utah University Museums and Galleries. The Zion National Park, Cedar Breaks National Monument and Dixie National Forest are a few minutes drive away as well. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the Trinity Lutheran Church and Christ the King Catholic Church are some of the local churches. Local celebrations include the Groovefest American Music Festival and SkyFest.

Cedar City Transportation

Cedar City Regional Airport is nearby.

Cedar City Higher Education

Southern Utah University is the local institution of higher education. Others in the neighborhood include the Dixie State College of Utah, Northern Arizona University and Snow College.


Total Population 29,429
Male Share of the Population 49.1%
Female Share of the Population 50.9%
Senior Citizens 10%
Employed Population 16+ 12,670
Age of the Population 26


% of people married 51.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 33.6%
Median Earnings25+ $29,563
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,016
Median Earnings With High School Degree $22,000


Median Family Income $51,197
% Above Poverty Level 77.1%
% Below Poverty Level 22.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 3.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 7.6%
% Using Public Transportation 0.3%


People Living Alone 22.7%
Median Gross Rent $615
Median House Value $171,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 19.6%
US/American 0.2%
English 27%
Irish 7.8%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Cedar City Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 153 miles NE of North Las Vegas, Nevada (center to center)
Nearest Large City 154 miles NE of Las Vegas, Nevada
County Iron
Standard Zip Codes 84720
P.O. Box Zip Codes 84721
Phone Area Codes 435
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.677
Longitude -113.061

Cedar City Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 2.6 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 42 F
Apr Temp 34 to 61 F
Jul Temp 58 to 89 F
Oct Temp 36 to 66 F
Annual Precip 11.4 inches
Distance 11.9 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 31 F
Apr Temp 22 to 42 F
Jul Temp 48 to 68 F
Oct Temp 30 to 49 F
Annual Precip 28.6 inches
Distance 16.5 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 42 F
Apr Temp 30 to 60 F
Jul Temp 54 to 88 F
Oct Temp 33 to 66 F
Annual Precip 13.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Cedar City, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Pintura (84720)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Enoch 6,075 $54,493
Kanarraville 290 $62,083
New Harmony 192 $66,250
Paragonah 543 $62,500
Parowan 2,858 $48,125

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Cedar City Public Libraries

Cedar City Public Library
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(435) 586-6661
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Cedar City Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(435) 868-5000
Emergency Service: Yes

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166 W 1925 N
Serves 953 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.8

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Serves 896 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.8

510 W 800 S
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Serves 188 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.1

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Serves 10 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20

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Student/teacher ratio: 18

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