Yuma County is larger than the state of Connecticut. Much of Yuma County's 5,522 square miles is desert land accented by rugged mountains. Yuma was one of the four original counties formed with the creation of the Arizona Territory in 1864.
Yuma is nestled in the Yuma and Gila valleys of southern Arizona, offering a climate that blends pleasant desert sunshine with the cool waters of the Colorado River. Several river valley regions, however, contain an abundance of arable land which is irrigated with water from the Colorado River. These valley areas have some of the most fertile soils in the world.
Farming, cattle raising, tourism, and two military bases are Yuma County's principal industries. Yuma County has a year-round population of approximately 135,000 residents.
During the winter, the population increases by about 80,000 due to the sun-seeking Winter Visitors affectionately known as "Snowbirds".
Did you know that more people are moving to Yuma than almost anywhere in the country. In fact, Yuma is the third fastest growing area in the United States! Yuma has some of the cleanest skies and best weather in the United States.