Yuma, Arizona is the principal city in and the county seat of Yuma County Metropolitan Statistical Area. A city of just under 100,000 residents, Yuma occupies 107 square miles on the far west side of Arizona, close to the US-Mexico border. Yuma has a warm climate and the natural beauty of desert and river combined. Cultural facilities, community events and outdoor activities - along with extensive retail and hospitality venues - render Yuma a popular spot for tourists. Roughly 70,000 winter residents supplement the city's population in the winter months, and an additional 300,000 visit the city.
Yuma's progressive agricultural industry provides 90 percent of the nation's winter lettuce crop, and a significant portion of all US produce. Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Yuma holds national prominence, providing virtually all of the training for Marine fighter pilots. A progressive regional medical facility, Yuma Regional Medical Center, offers the latest in health care advances for patients from Yuma County and nearby California and Mexico.
The city is zoned to the Yuma Union High School District. The Yuma area has 9 high schools: Yuma Union High School (or simply Yuma High), Kofa High School, Cibola High School, the newly built Gila Ridge High School, the private Yuma Catholic High School and Calvary Baptist School, as well as the San Luis area San Luis High School. Yuma also has two special program and charter high schools: Vista High School and YPIC Charter High School. Yuma has two main elementary school districts, District One and Crane District, which include several schools as well as junior high schools.
Arizona Western College is Yuma's community college with it’s main just seven miles from Yuma. There are also branch centers in San Luis, Somerton and Yuma. AWC offers two-year Associate Degrees of Arts (A.A.) and Applied Science (A.A.S.) along with vocational certificates. Most AWC courses are university parallel for the convenience of transfer students.
Northern Arizona University shares a campus with Arizona Western College and offers bachelor's and graduate programs in southwest Arizona. Currently NAU offers about 20 bachelor's and 10 graduate programs in Yuma by using resident faculty and state-of-the-art distance learning technologies such as web and interactive television courses. In the bachelors program, AWC provides the freshman and sophomore courses and NAU provides the junior and senior courses.
The University of Arizona also has a presence on the Arizona Western College campus. Through a cooperative program with AWC and NAU, the University of Arizona offers a bachelor’s degree in agricultural systems management
The University of Phoenix offers programs for the busy professional to complete a bachelor's or master's degree with five or six week courses, one night a week.
Yuma is served by the Yuma County Library District which consists of a Main Library and several branches including locations in Somerton, Wellton, the Foothills, and San Luis. A new main state of the art library is now open.
|City of Yuma at a Glance|
Incorporated: Yes - 1871
County: Yuma County
Elevation: 138 Feet
Distance To Phoenix: 185 Miles
Distance To Tucson: 237 Miles
Quality of Life
Yuma, an Arizona Main Street City, boasts of having the historical Yuma Territorial Prison, the Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park and a historic downtown area. The city is also the location of the Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, which conducts an annual air show and many large-scale military exercises. There is also the Yuma Proving Ground, an Army base which tests new military equipment.
Near Yuma are the Kofa Mountain Range and wildlife refuge, Martinez and Mittry Lakes, Senators Wash and the Imperial Sand Dunes. 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 features an arid climate, with hot summers and mild winters. July is the hottest month of the year with temperatures reaching as high as 107 °F while January is the coolest month of the year with temperatures hovering around 70 °F. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Yuma is the sunniest place on earth having approximately 305 days of sunshine. 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.
Yuma has a minor league ballpark, Desert Sun Stadium home to the Yuma Scorpions of the Golden Baseball League and site of home games of two (was four) teams for the Arizona Winter League. The San Diego Padres used the field as a spring training facility from 1969 until 1993 and a Japanese baseball team, the Yakult Swallows, used the field for spring training for 20 years.