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Old 12-27-2009, 09:57 AM
 
Location: 22.1667 N, 113.5500 E
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Default Yuma, Arizona - is it anything like this?

YUMA, AZ.

I've browsed through most of the old threads...I found generally two female posters who are incredibly unhappy with the city. Their posts seem to fill up most of the threads with this overwhelming 'negative vibe' for the city.

But, scattered all around those two posters...there seems to be quite a bit 'its not too bad'.

So, I thought I'd try to convey what I perceive the city might be like...and if it would be a fit or not.

#1) Sounds small, easy to get around...commute time is low.

#2) People who are into shopping or fine dining don't like it. Not a problem for me, I'm not into shopping or fine dining.

#3) Lots of dune buggies and desert stuff to do. Sounds great to me.

#4) I can't figure out the 'nightlife', not that it matters to me anyways as I'm married. But sounds like the city is 'boring'...but there are tons of local bars all over the place, and lots of young people...PROBABLY military single people or military families, I guess? Seems like both 'young people in the bars' and 'boring' seem to come up quite a bit for Yuma.

#5) Job situation sucks. Actually, the only reason I'm considering YUMA is because of a job opportunity...so I'll apply, and if I get it, I'd then decide to go...so wouldn't be going there without anything anyways.

#6) Large military presense - mostly marines? What are the implications of that? Does that mean most of the non-MexicanAmerican population is almost always military-related? Are there tons of military families about everywhere...military haircuts as well on most people...is that basically what that means?

#7) Middle of nowhere. It does seem like Yuma is THE place between San Diego & Phoenix. By the way, why would people drive to Phoenix over S.D. given a choice? I've been to both of those cities, and SD is by far the more interesting one. I was kind of surprised how many posters seemed to not like Yuma so would go to Phoenix on weekends or visits? Why?
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Old 12-27-2009, 10:56 AM
 
Location: Yuma, AZ
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#1) Sounds small, easy to get around...commute time is low.
Lots of road construction right now..... should be better in a year or so.

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#2) People who are into shopping or fine dining don't like it. Not a problem for me, I'm not into shopping or fine dining.
We do ALL of our shopping in Yuma. With three kids we don't do the fine dining thing.

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#3) Lots of dune buggies and desert stuff to do. Sounds great to me.
Best think about Yuma, IMO. No cabin fever. Summer on the river, winter in the desert.

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#4) I can't figure out the 'nightlife', not that it matters to me anyways as I'm married. But sounds like the city is 'boring'...but there are tons of local bars all over the place, and lots of young people...PROBABLY military single people or military families, I guess? Seems like both 'young people in the bars' and 'boring' seem to come up quite a bit for Yuma.
We have a couple of "hole-in-the-wall" hangouts that have nice pool tables and cold beer. I've been to a couple of the clubs where the younger crowds hang out and it's just not my thing (can't/won't dance).

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#5) Job situation sucks. Actually, the only reason I'm considering YUMA is because of a job opportunity...so I'll apply, and if I get it, I'd then decide to go...so wouldn't be going there without anything anyways.
I love my job.

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#6) Large military presense - mostly marines? What are the implications of that? Does that mean most of the non-MexicanAmerican population is almost always military-related? Are there tons of military families about everywhere...military haircuts as well on most people...is that basically what that means?
The worst thing about the large military presence it losing friends to transfers/deployments. I would say that Marines are a minority of the non-MexicanAmerican population.

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#7) Middle of nowhere. It does seem like Yuma is THE place between San Diego & Phoenix. By the way, why would people drive to Phoenix over S.D. given a choice? I've been to both of those cities, and SD is by far the more interesting one. I was kind of surprised how many posters seemed to not like Yuma so would go to Phoenix on weekends or visits? Why?
We have family in Phoenix so we visit several times per year. We rarely go to SD.
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Old 12-27-2009, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Sonoran Desert
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Almost 100K population - not a small town to me.

23% unemployment! OK if you have a job, but that's a lot of misery and poverty to have around you.
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Old 12-27-2009, 09:18 PM
 
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Almost 100K population - not a small town to me.

23% unemployment! OK if you have a job, but that's a lot of misery and poverty to have around you.
exactly. no jobs here lots of people "taking" applications but no one hiring. not a small town and very spread out. but if you want high high heat, snowbirds, no jobs if you lose the one you get, and asthma, then you should move here. dont know about your #7question but I love the san diego beaches.
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Old 12-28-2009, 12:38 AM
 
Location: Sonoita
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Almost 100K population - not a small town to me.


23% unemployment! OK if you have a job, but that's a lot of misery and poverty to have around you.
Same thing with most border towns. Most of the unemployed being hispanic of either legal or illagal status. Same thing over in Imperial co. I'm sure Somerton and the border town of san Lius still have a heavy population brought courtesy of the P.O. Box businesses for all those welfare checks to be used by the flakes living across the border. Nothing changes.
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Old 12-28-2009, 05:01 AM
 
Location: Phoenix Arizona
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Yuma is the hottest, driest part of the american Sonoran desert. If you prefer SD over PHX then Yuma might be an extreme version of PHX for you. If you're cool with heat and desert Yuma does have some amazing country just outside of town, sometimes almost Saharan in appearance. The dunes west of town, wildlife preserves just upriver, marshy wetlands over the border, and the Kofa mountain range with canyons full of native palm trees.
I don't have anything against Yuma, I just have witnessed so many transplants to the desert Southwest get disillusioned after one long summer and the culture shock.
Good luck.
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Old 12-29-2009, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Yuma, AZ
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Almost 100K population - not a small town to me.

23% unemployment! OK if you have a job, but that's a lot of misery and poverty to have around you.
I've heard that the unemployment stats for Yuma are somewhat skewed by the large number of seasonal/migrant farm workers. I think that most of the Yuma farm labor that is "laid-off" in the spring make their way to Salinas for the summer produce season.

Here is a link to our local paper showing a Yuman who has fallen on hard times and is getting some Holiday help. I think her truck is newer than mine.

News - December 2009 - YumaSun.com Photo Gallery
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Old 01-01-2010, 02:02 AM
 
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I was stationed in Yuma for a few years, '03-06. Hated it at first, still don't miss the summers. Absolutely, brutally hot. Winters are fantastic, though, with perfect weather. Really isn't much in the way of culture or anything but it's a decent place to live. Some fun bars. Lots of outdoorsy stuff to do - the dunes, camping, fishing up at Lake Martinez. The sunsets are amazing. Be prepared for a LOT of people who don't speak English.

Traffic gets awful in the winter when the population explodes with old geezers from the northwest and Canada who spend the winter in the desert and clog the streets with giant RVs and trailers. Other than that, it's pretty easy to get around town. Killer Mexican food - I miss the tacos at Las Palapas like you wouldn't believe.

Ultimately it's not the most exciting place to live, but it's pleasant and SD's an easy weekend trip, with Vegas doable as well.
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Old 01-08-2010, 11:15 AM
 
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I only go to Phx for work or to catch an occasional D Back or Cardinal game. San Diego is my day or weekend trip of choice. I am from Yuma and I have a love/hate relationship with it. Most days I love it. Like today, 75 is the high, the sun is shining, and I love the people I work with. This weekend there is some sort of block party downtown, there is a home show going on, couple of great sports bars for the games tomorrow, and the dunes on Sunday for the afternoon. Not a bad place to call home.
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Old 01-08-2010, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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I lived in Yuma for 2 years I couldn't take it I had so much fun at the sand dunes but after a while it got boring. The weather is an issue for me it gets really hot I'm talking HOT (110 degrees or more) during the summer so be prepared to wear TONS of sunscreen, and some really cold winters. There is also the occasional dust storm that passes by and knocks out the power. There is no night life in Yuma the night life is probably that new casino they just built right before the border crossing into Mexico. The fun there was to be had took place in Algodones, Mexico they have clubs and bars but you need a passport. Now me personaly I lived Santa Monica before Yuma so I was miserable there is no Best Buy, no Forever 21, no Charlotte Rousse, No Victorias Secret, Not even a Target! So shopping wasn't great they have Walmart Super Centers instead of Malls! It is pretty easy to get around the streets are mostly numbers and letters its hard to get lost. Oh for grociery shopping theres Del Sol, and Albertsons, and Walmart super center! Im perfectly happy with Trader Joes and Ralphs here in Santa Monica!!
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