Hildale-Colorado City has grown in numbers, prospered financially, and gained confidence as a religious community. Members of the two towns are usually easily identified by their modest dress, conservative hairstyles, and lack of makeup. Due to their common large family structure, many can get a real bargain when they purchase a family pass to some events being held in the area. The median family income is low, partly because family incomes have to be divided among so many.
The Hildale-Colorado City area has opened up considerably, looking to improve its relationship with the outside world while retaining its unique religious culture. Economic expansion in Colorado City and in other group holdings has accelerated with the development of cabinet making, commercial landscaping, chicken and egg farming, candy making, and other businesses. Innovative public school financing and aggressive expansion of public services continues under both church and civic sponsorship. Internal conflict in the UEP remains, but the Short Creek community seems clearly here to stay.