Since: Dec 08

Naples, FL

#1 Dec 1, 2008
I am looking for some guidance as I plan a move to Yuma...a recent job offer has allowed me the opportunity to move there. I am looking for some straight forward honest ontrack answers! I plan to rent a house first...heres what I'd like to find out from locals that have a sense of pride in their community, not those who want to deter me from coming there...I know its not the best place but I am convinced each place has its good and bad! We enjoy the outdoors (even the heat)and that will be a big priority when we get there.
1. Two Children TOP PRIORITY...middle school age..Best Schools decent teachers, where are they?
2. Best neigborhoods, not apartments, can afford up to 1500.00/mo rent. Family friendly!!!
3. Gang activity..scale of 1-10 how bad is it really? 10 being worst..
4. Area near the mall is that a safe place to live / work ?
5. Should I be worried about illegals or gangs invading my home or causing me problems if I go out to dinner once in a while?
6. Mid size church..good chistian values with kid activites?
7. What about the foothills, is that a safe place to live / work?
8. Can commute up to 30 minutes from home is traffic bad?
9. How is boarder security...it is so close to the boarder...scale of 1-10 are you scared to live in Yuma? 10 being worst.
10. What else???...any additional info will be a bonus to me as I do my resarch on the area.
11. Looking for a rental agent too...taking suggestions on someone who can show us around when we get there?

thanks for your input..looking forward to our next adventure in life...I hope Yuma will be a safe one!!!
tim

United States

#2 Dec 4, 2008
1. Our schools are like those everywhere....some excel at academics, some at sports, etc. Choice will probably be affected by where you choose to live. This site may help you: http://www.cityrating.com/school/citySchools....
2. If you can afford $1500/month, you will be able to move into a very clean, nice, and safe neighborhood. High priced rentals also purchase peace of mind, in the form of an increased police presence. There are no gangs that I know of that hang out at the Country Club.
3. It seems to me that the local gang activity is centered around low income/public assistance housing. Shouldn't be a problem with your resources.
4. I don't recommend it. The new mall was carved out of farmland just a couple of years ago. Nearby housing was considered the low rent district. Development is still ongoing in the area, but it'll take five or ten years for the area to fully improve. Look elsewhere.
5. No. It seems to me that violent crimes are predominately a big city problem. Phoenix and Tucson have far more rapes, murders, and home invasions than we have. What we've have got a problem with is auto theft. SUV's and other 4WD's are the preferred vehilcles for smugglers to use for drugs and illegal aliens. Locking your car is a good habit to get into.
6. The directory that I looked at listed 142 churches in the area. I'm sure that one of them will be a good fit for you and your family.
7. The Foothills are fine. Just be aware that the 'Hills have experienced phenominal growth in the last two decades. Many of the home owners are retirees that spend the winter here. The traffic is legendary, and the lines are long at banks, restaurants, and stores November through April. Not to worry. There are worst things in life, I'm sure.
8. The average commute around here is 10 to 20 minutes. We have one freeway. Yuma is not as big as you think it is.
9. The Yuma Sector of the Border Patrol employs 930 agents. They seem to have a handle on southern security, all things considered.
Am I scared to live in Yuma? Let me tell you....I have lived here since 1962, when we had around 20,000 people here. It has since grown to over 100,000 year round residents. Yes, I miss small town Yuma, and yes, we've got our share of problems. But I was raised here, my kids were raised here, and now the grandkids are growning up Yuman. Some of our families have been here three, four, five generations or more. Do you think they'd have stayed if it was unsafe? Now I don't know what others may have told you, but I'd be willing to bet that the negative comments have come from those unwilling to be a part of our community. Perhaps they long for big city life, a city that never sleeps.
That is NOT Yuma. we've got over 100 service clubs and organizations, from model airplanes and trains, to veterans clubs, to Hospice and Habitat for Humanity. We've got lots to see and do, but only if one is willing to get out and become active.
I am never leaving Yuma.
10. For additional info read the local paper online: www.yumasun.com
11. Our real estate market has taken a plunge along with the rest of the country. I guarantee that if you walk into ANY realtor's office you will be treated like a king.
ToalstoU

Naples, FL

#3 Dec 9, 2008
Thank you soooo much for the response...this is certainly what I needed to hear!!! Yuma...here we come!
Cindi

Paso Robles, CA

#4 Dec 16, 2008
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ToalstoU

Yuma, AZ

#5 Jan 23, 2009
ToalstoU wrote:
Thank you soooo much for the response...this is certainly what I needed to hear!!! Yuma...here we come!
How are you doing with your move to Yuma?

The person who responded to you early December 2008 covered it pretty well, and perhaps by now you have "settled in".

We live in a family oriented community, Cresta Gila off Araby Road overlooking the north valley. We are between Interstate 8 and State Highway 95 and convenient to shopping and major restaurants. We love the "back" route, off the interstate because it affords views of the valley - farmland as far as the eye can see with the dramatic desert mountains as a backdrop.

Crest Gila is about a 15 year old community established, safe and close to schools. We are within walking distance to the newest Gila Ridge High School, middle schools, elementary schools and Arizona Western University as they line 24th Street.

We are looking to relocate to be with our families on the East Coast and have a beautiful 3 bedroom house - split floor plan, salt water pool and wonderful home for entertaining! We will miss it terribly, but need to redefine our life and are looking for a family that would appreciate both this home and neighborhood!

Let us know how you are doing in your search for a home to rent as well as getting settled. If you have already "settled in" perhaps you know of someone who is searching like you to move to Yuma.

L & M
Yuma, AZ
ToalstoU

Yuma, AZ

#6 Jan 23, 2009
OOPS!
We can be reached by responding:
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L & M
Yuma, AZ
ToalstoU

Yuma, AZ

#7 Jan 23, 2009
OOPS!
We can be reached by responding:
lfoldham@earthlink.net
L & M
Yuma, AZ
Pam

Apex, NC

#8 Dec 24, 2012
Hi all,
is Yuma,AZ a good place to live? I'm a girl,single and heard that alot of gangs and murders are there. I got a job offer there. I'm in NC now. what do you recommend me to relocate or not? if so, which is the best safety place in yuma?
Thank you in advance
Melissa

Mechanicsville, VA

#9 Jan 15, 2013
Pam wrote:
Hi all,
is Yuma,AZ a good place to live? I'm a girl,single and heard that alot of gangs and murders are there. I got a job offer there. I'm in NC now. what do you recommend me to relocate or not? if so, which is the best safety place in yuma?
Thank you in advance
Are you there yet if s what do you think. I'm in VA and looking to move by April.
bolbobaggins

Yuma, AZ

#10 Jan 16, 2013
Yuma is a wonderful place to live. Have been here for 12 years, wish I could have moved here sooner.
No rain, no rain gutters, no tornados, no hurricanes, no snow, and no ice. Good people here.
Easy town to get around in.
ok

Rockwall, TX

#11 Jan 26, 2013
bolbobaggins wrote:
Yuma is a wonderful place to live. Have been here for 12 years, wish I could have moved here sooner.
No rain, no rain gutters, no tornados, no hurricanes, no snow, and no ice. Good people here.
Easy town to get around in.
But where is a safe area to live in?
Debra Jacobson

United States

#12 Dec 11, 2013
I would like to find out about Yuma I can be reached at jacobsondebra@com if you have any time to chat about Yuma.
chris m

Mobile, AL

#13 Jul 7, 2014
moving to Yuma in November 2014. looking forward to dry and warm. will deal with hot later.
hoping the bugs, gnats, and mosquitoes are non existent. mostly looking forward to walking and biking on all those wonderful canals!!

anybody else find the outdoors there appealing?
Denzelle01

Tupelo, MS

#14 Nov 14, 2014
chris m wrote:
moving to Yuma in November 2014. looking forward to dry and warm. will deal with hot later.
hoping the bugs, gnats, and mosquitoes are non existent. mostly looking forward to walking and biking on all those wonderful canals!!
anybody else find the outdoors there appealing?
Hey, i saw your post where you said you were planning on moving to Yuma, Az around november 2014. I plan on moving there January 2015, can you please tell me a little about the place? the pros & cons??
klscgag

Glendora, CA

#15 Friday Mar 13
ToalstoU wrote:
Thank you soooo much for the response...this is certainly what I needed to hear!!! Yuma...here we come!
How did that work for you? Can't wait to get out of this Hell hole. People are rude sun is too hot

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