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Hurricane, Utah is a city located within Washington County. Hurricane is a neighboring city to St George, Utah, and is approximately 15 miles to the east of St George. The town is pronounced "Hur-a-Kun" by the locals, which sounds similar to the British pronunciation. According to the city’s history, the name was derived from original settlers to the region. When a gale forced wind blew the top off of the buggy they were traveling in; they decided to call it "Hurricane Hill."
Wikipedia shows the original settler, Erastus Snow, was who decided on the name. Research also indicates Erastus Snow was originally from Vermont; however, he served a mission in Scandinavia. Additional research shows that Scandinavians pronounce the latter portion of the word Hurricane as "kan" which could indicate how the unusual pronunciation may have been started from a Vermont native. Longtime locals know this story of the Hurricane type wind yet continue to use the pronunciation of "Hur-a-Kun."
The Hurricane City boundary is more substantial than neighboring St George; however, it is less populated. Hurricane has experienced a population explosion similar to St George. New construction, both residential and commercial, can be found on almost every corner. Hurricane has a new hospital that is being constructed; once open, I expect the population to increase rapidly. Hurricane recently opened a new Instacare facility and had been well received by the residents. Hurricane, Utah real estate is competitive with St George. Prices can be slightly less expensive; however, it may be easier to find a larger parcel in Hurricane than St George. Old farms and dilapidated buildings are being cleared, and the revitalization is underway. Hurricane has been cautious about conserving the old-time charm, which can be appreciated around Main Street. It’s a city embracing growth and accommodating residents and visitors while not losing the quaint atmosphere and "small-town feel" that makes Hurricane so unique. If you are looking for a great place to visit or a beautiful place to call home…consider Hurricane Utah. With nearby amenities including Quail Lake, Sand Hollow Lake, Zion National Park, or limitless ATV trails out your backdoor…this is Hurricane Utah. The city is beautiful, the views and surroundings are amazing, and the residents are Utah’s most beautiful, come find out for yourself.