Yuma County Arizona Real Estate
Yuma County Arizona Real Estate
Yuma County comprises the Yuma, AZ Metropolitan Statistical Area.
The county borders the Colorado River to the southwest, with three other states across the river: California of the United States and the Mexican state of Baja California to the west, and Sonora, Mexico, 60 miles to the south. Yuma County Arizona Real Estate
Long settled by Native Americans of indigenous cultures for thousands of years, this area was controlled by the Spanish Empire in the colonial era. In the 19th century, it was part of independent Mexico before the Mexican–American War and Gadsden Purchase.
Yuma County was one of four original Arizona counties created by the 1st Arizona Territorial Legislature. The county territory was defined as being west of longitude 113° 20′ and south of the Bill Williams River. Its original boundaries remained the same until 1982, when La Paz County was created from its northern half.
The original county seat was the city of La Paz; in 1871 it was moved to Arizona City, later renamed as Yuma in 1873.
Because of Yuma County’s location along the U.S.-Mexico border, large numbers of immigrants entering the United States illegally pass through Yuma County. From October to July 2005, some 124,400 illegal foreign nationals were apprehended in the area, a 46% increase over the previous year. In 2015, however, only 6,000 people were apprehended, as the border was fortified and augmented. The number of illegal immigrants also declined with slumps in the US economy.
Agriculture is a $3 billion business annually, employing tens of thousands of workers but at minimum wages. During the agricultural season from November to March, some 40,000 Mexican workers cross the border daily to work in United States fields.
Leaders in the county are aware that their economy is tied to that of Mexican states on the other side of the border; both have to be considered. “There are automotive plants in Ciudad Juárez, across from El Paso; aerospace plants in Mexicali, southwest of Yuma; and medical devices’ manufacturers in Tijuana, near San Diego. On the American side, there is a mix of retail stores, warehouses and trucking companies…”
The Board of Supervisors is the governing body of the county and a number of special districts.  The Board adopts ordinances, establishes programs, levies taxes, appropriates funds, appoints certain officials, and zones property and regulates development in the unincorporated area. In addition, members of the Board represent the County on numerous intergovernmental agencies. Yuma County Arizona Real Estate
In 2016 county voters elected more Democrats to the Board than Republicans, for the first time since 2004. Yuma County Arizona Real Estate
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 5,519 square miles (14,290 km2), of which 5,514 square miles (14,280 km2) is land and 5.1 square miles (13 km2) (0.09%) is water. The lowest point in the state of Arizona is located on the Colorado River in San Luis in Yuma County, where it flows out of Arizona and into Sonora in Mexico.
Yuma County is in the west, and northwestern regions of the north-south Sonoran Desert that extends through Sonora state Mexico to the border of northern Sinaloa state. West of the county across the Colorado Riverin southeast California is the Colorado Desert, (a northwestern subregion of the Sonoran Desert). North of the county, with La Paz County the regions merge into the southeastern Mojave Desert. Southwest of Yuma County, is the entirety of Northwest Mexico, at the north shoreline of the Gulf of California, and the outlet of the Colorado River into the Colorado River Delta region, now altered with lack of freshwater inputs. Notable mountains in Yuma County include the Gila Mountains and the Tule Mountains.