Yuma contains the historical Yuma Territorial Prison, the Yuma Crossing Historic Park, and a historic downtown area. Yuma is an Arizona Main Street City. Near Yuma are the Kofa Mountain Range and wildlife refuge, Martinez and Mittry Lakes, and the Algodones Dunes, which draw tens of thousands of visitors every year especially during thanksgiving. Another point of interest in Yuma is the Colorado River which runs along the north and west side of town dividing Arizona and California. Yuma is an important station for trucking industry movement of goods between California, Arizona, and Mexico
Population: According to 2005 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the city is 84,688.
Weather: Yuma is one of the hottest cities of any size in the United States, with average July high temperatures of 107 degrees Fahrenheit. (By way of comparison, the corresponding figure for Death Valley is 115 degrees.) Average January highs are around 69 degrees. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Yuma is the sunniest place on earth. Of the possible 4,456 hours of daylight each year, the sun shines in Yuma for roughly 4,050 hours, or about 90% of the time. The near perfect flying weather year round attracts military interest in training their pilots here. On average Yuma receives about 3 inches of rain annually.
Transportation: Yuma International Airport
Yuma (Amtrak station)
Housing Costs: Estimated median house/condo value in 2005: $117,700 (it was $85,300 in 2000). Median gross rent in 2005: $635
Health Care: Yuma Regional Medical Center - Yuma, Arizona Hospital, Sunset Community Health Center - Somerton.
Universities and Colleges: The University of Arizona in Yuma
Ranked as the third fastest growing area in the United States in the 1990's, Yuma continues to be a popular option for retires, people looking for a better quality of life for their families, and corporations seeking a more business friendly community in which to conduct business. In addition to our clean air, lack of congestion, and low crime, Yuma was ranked by Farmer's Almanac as having the best weather in the United States, and by Golf Digest as the 6th best city for Golf