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Retire in Yuma, Arizona
Overview: Yuma is in the very southwestern tip of Arizona and for many years was a busy crossing point and ferry stop on the Colorado River. In 1849, up to 80,000 people passed through Yuma on their way to the California gold fields.
These days this desert city is primarily a tourist and "snowbird" destination and tends to come alive during the winter months. The downtown is attractive and has government buildings, a small museum, a couple of wineries, restaurants, pottery shops and cafes. Shopping and dining options are plentiful. The Yuma Art Center brings a bit of culture, and the Paradise Casino has a bar, a restaurant and entertainment (which may include karaoke nights and boxing). Festivals include the Territorial River Regatta, Caballeros de Yuma Colorado River Crossing Balloon Festival and the Spirit of Yuma Military Festival. Residential real estate consists of ranch rambler and Mediterranean-style tract housing, gated communities and dozens of RV parks, many of which spill into the desert.
The Colorado River is a favorite spot for swimming and fishing, and more than a dozen golf courses are open year round. Yuma also has some wildlife refugees, including the Yuma East Wetlands and the Imperial Sand Dunes.
Population: 95,000 (city proper)
Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 32%
Cost of Living: 5% below the national average
Median Home Price: $160,000
Climate: Yuma is located in a desert climate and is, simply, very hot. Summer temperatures reach well into the 110s and last from May until September and October. Winters are warm and dry with average temperatures in the low 70s.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? Yes. It also has a discount program for people age 55 and better.
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but Yuma Regional Medical Center is accredited by the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program.
Public Transit: Yes
Crime Rate: Meets the national average
Public Library? Yes
Political Leanings: Conservative
Is Arizona Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: The earthquake risk is 1,235% higher than the national average.
Notes: Yuma is racially mixed, with 55% of the population Hispanic and 37% white. Marine Corps Air Station Yuma is located here, and jets fly over the city. The population has grown by 20% over the last 10 to 20 years.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
The Grand Canyon State was originally part of New Mexico. After the land was ceded to the U.S. in 1848, it became a separate territory. It did not enter the union until February 14, 1912. Copper was discovered in the area in 1848, and metals mining continues to be an important part of the economy. Cattle and tourism are two of the states other vital industries.
Although Arizona can be one of the hottest states in the union, air conditioning continues to bring more and more people to the urban areas. The Colorado Plateau spreads through Arizona from the north and is interspersed with remnants of the Rocky Mountains. The land flattens into desert near Phoenix. The Colorado River forms the state's western borders and snakes through the Grand Canyon.
Arizona is home to places with names like Nothing, a ghost town in western Arizona, and the Horspitality Resort.
The state is stubborn when it comes to time. It observes Mountain Standard Time on a year round basis.
Population - 6,931,030
Persons 65 years old and over - 17%
High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 86%
Bachelor's degree or higher, persons age 25+ - 27%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 31%
White persons, not Hispanic - 58%
Median household income - $50,225
Median home value - $167,500
Social Security taxed? No
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
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