Yuma : Arizona


What It Is Like to Retire in Yuma

Yuma, Arizona, located in the southwest corner of the state, is considered to be the sunniest and driest spot in the U.S.  The sun shines 90% of the days each year, with just over 3 inches of rain annually, which makes it a popular winter destination for snowbirds.  Yuma’s population was 95,429 (2012 census), but that number swells during the winter months.  Yuma, once known as Colorado City and later as Arizona City, served as a gateway during the gold rush of 1849, when thousands of fortune hunters passed through while heading west to California.  The U.S. Army also found Yuma to be in a prime location along the Colorado River and used it as a supply base for Army posts.  Today the Army’s presence is still important to the area as it operates the Yuma Proving Ground, a testing site of all weapon systems and equipment used by U.S. soldiers which includes helicopters, parachutes, tanks and artillery.  It is also home to the Marine Corps Air Station, one of the largest employers in Yuma. Public domain photo of The warehouse at Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park in Yuma, courtesy of Wikipedia and Ed Snook, and public domain photo of Farming near Yuma in 2011, courtesy of Wikipedia and Jeff Vanuga¬†USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.


Where to Retire in Yuma and Home Prices

The Zillow Home Value Index in Yuma was $273,290 in mid-2022. There are several RV and mobile home communities in Yuma (see link at top left).


What Is Special about Yuma

The sun shines most everyday, and offers a lot of outdoor recreation including golf, hiking, and bird watching.  Yuma has beautiful desert scenery with wide-open spaces and the Colorado River running through it.


What Is Not Special about Yuma

Yuma's summers are very hot with temperatures reaching the high 90's and above; the town has a high unemployment rate; Yuma's crime rate is higher than the national average. Yuma is not near a large city as San Diego, CA is 147 miles away, and Phoenix is 185 miles away.


Who Will Like Retirement in Yuma

Those who like a historical town with a warm, dry, and sunny climate would enjoy Yuma.  The area is very popular with snowbirds and RVers.


Local Economy Is Driven by

Agriculture and the two premier military installations, ( Marine Corps Air Station and U.S. Army Proving Ground), are the largest contributors to the local economy.


Climate and Physical Environment

The sun shines almost everyday in Yuma, with a July average temperature of 95 degrees.  The average January temperature is 58 degrees.  Yuma receives about 3.36 inches of rain annually. The town is tucked into the southwest corner of the state up against California and Mexico. It is about 3 hours to the closest cities like Tucson.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Yuma has an interesting history from when it was found to be the easiest and safest place to cross the Colorado River, and the role it had in taming the Wild West.  The Yuma Territorial Prison and the Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park are tourist attractions that are part of Yuma's early history; Yuma is a multicultural community and celebrates its heritage with several festivals throughout the year; The historic Yuma Theatre and the Yuma Civic Center offer a variety of stage shows and events;



Yuma's crime rate is above the national average.


Medical Facilities

Yuma Regional Medical Center



Yuma County Area Transit; Amtrak services Yuma; Yuma International Airport is shared with the Marine Corps Air Station.


Valuable Links

Visit Yuma

City of Yuma


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