The term ‘elevation’ is used to denote how high or low an area is in relation to the mean sea level of Earth. Elevation has many practical uses, particularly in town planning, and can have a big influence on an area’s weather conditions. High elevations often result in lower average temperatures, for example. Elevation varies wildly all around the state of Utah, and many Utah cities are situated at very high elevations. Cedar City is no exception, having an elevation of 5,846 feet (1,782 m), which is more than double the national average elevation of 2,500 feet (760 m).
The high elevation of Cedar City is mostly attributed to its inland position and the fact that it is in quite a mountainous state. Utah is actually the third highest state in America after Colorado and Wyoming, with a mean elevation of 6,100 feet (1,860 m). This means that the elevation of Cedar City is just lower than the state average. The highest city in all of Utah is Brian Head, which is located at an exceptionally high elevation of 9,800 feet (2,987 m), so Cedar City isn’t the city with the highest elevation, but it is much higher than most other major urban areas around Utah.
The state capital of Utah, Salt Lake City, has an average elevation of 4,226 feet (1,288 m) and is also notable for being the home of Grandview Peak, one of the state’s highest elevation points at 9,410 feet (2,868 m). Other big cities around the Beehive State include West Valley City, which has an elevation of 4,304 feet (1,312 m), Provo, which has an elevation of 4,551 feet (1,387 m), and West Jordan, which has an elevation of 4,373 feet (1,333 m). The state’s highest point is Kings Peak, which has an elevation of 13,534 feet (4,125 m), while the lowest point is the Beaver Dam Wash, not far from the Arizona border, which has an elevation of 2,180 feet (664 m).