Although smaller than some of the other cities, Santa Clara sits in the St. George metropolitan area in southwestern Utah with just over 7,000 residents as of 2017. The Santa Clara area is rich with history and sits nestled against the Red Mountains.
Santa Clara borders St. George City, and continues to grow along with the fastest-growing metro area in the United States and has almost doubled in size since 2000.
The area was founded by a Mormon pioneer named Jacob Hamblin, whose home he constructed still sits in the town and is run by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a museum open to visitors and tours.
Hamblin was called by the church to settle the area and make relationships with members of the Native American Paiute Tribe, which already inhabited the area. Because of the Santa Clara River running through the town and a lack of irrigation dams and ditches, early Swiss Mormon settlers were killed, and homes/structures destroyed, during the Great Flood of 1862. The area is still prone to extreme flooding. Many homes in the area have been built on hills throughout the city.