The city of Yuma is just like your average American city, but comes with some great housing prices. It has an average population close to 92,000, with housing values coming in nearly $50,000 below the national average. Historically, Yuma played a key role in the California Gold Rush. Yuma is located on the bank of the Gila River. This river separates Arizona from California and Mexico, making the city a major steamboat stop and a pathway to the gold mines of California in the 19th century.
While Yuma may be an average city now, it still has its unique qualities, one of which being that it is a surprisingly popular destination for senior citizens who own winter homes. While only 12.7% of the city’s population is made up of citizens 65 or older, there are thousands of other seniors who flock to Yuma for the winter. Yuma is also a good place to raise a family with 28% of the city is made up of persons under the age of 18. Yuma is driving in all of these families and seniors for a variety of reasons, one being the great weather. The temperature is always hot in this desert atmosphere but is never too humid, avoiding the sticky, sweaty summers that are found elsewhere. In the winter, this weather becomes even better because of a slight temperature drop. If the weather isn’t a seller for prospective citizens, it has to be the good health record. Only 6.3% of people under the age of 65 have been known to live with any type of disability. This combination of weather, health and family ideals makes Yuma the perfect destination for anyone from young families just starting out to seniors looking to retire in style.