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Yuma Life

Welcome to the desert Southwest! Sunny weather, friendly people and a great quality of life are waiting for you in Yuma, Arizona...

Our location: Yuma is located on the banks of the Colorado River in the Southwest corner of Arizona, about an equal distance (180 miles) from Phoenix and San Diego. Other great cities to explore, include Tucson, Las Vegas, Palm Springs and Los Angeles, and all are located within a radius of just over 300 miles.

Our climate: If you love sunshine, Yuma is the place for you!  The Guinness Book of World Records proclaimed Yuma the sunniest place on earth. We have an average of 350 sunny days a year and less than four inches of rainfall annually.  Yes, it can get a bit warm in the summer, but the beautiful weather we enjoy the rest of the year more than makes up for the higher summer temps.  The average high in our "coldest" month, January, is a comfortable 68 degrees, so you can leave that snow shovel at home.

Our residents: Yuma County has nearly 200,000 year-round residents and our population increases significantly in the winter months when thousands of visitors come to enjoy our wonderful warm weather. We're also proud that many members of the military and their families call Yuma home. U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Yuma is the busiest air station in the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Army Proving Ground is one of the world's largest military installations.

Our educational system:  Yuma County has nine public school districts that serve students from elementary age through high school. Public charter schools and a variety of private schools are also available. For higher education, students can choose from Arizona Western College, Northern Arizona University-Yuma, and the Yuma campus of the University of Phoenix.

Our recreational opportunities:  What are your favorite outdoor activities?  Whether it's boating, hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, off-road motorsports or golf, you'll find plenty of opportunities to enjoy them here. In addition to offering easy access to many recreational areas, Yuma is home to three National Wildlife Refuges, making it a natural choice for nature lovers. Mexico's beautiful Sea of Cortez, which was called "The World's Aquarium" by explorer Jacques Cousteau, begins just 60 miles south of Yuma.

Yuma also plays an important role in our nation's agricultural production. In fact, we're known as the nation's "Winter Salad Bowl" because most of the lettuce sold in the U.S. during the winter months is grown here. To see more about our local agriculture, click here.

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