Gadsden, AZ

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Gadsden, AZ

About Gadsden, AZ

Living in Gadsden, AZ is a small-town experience with big city amenities. The town is filled with friendly people, and the cost of living is relatively low. It also has some great outdoor activities to enjoy, such as hiking and camping in the nearby Coronado National Forest. The downtown area offers plenty of shops and restaurants to explore, as well as historical buildings that tell the story of Gadsden's rich history. Overall, Gadsden offers an ideal balance between urban convenience and rural charm. Small desert city - Southwest corner of Arizona along the Colorado River and California border, 25 miles north of Mexican border .

State: Arizona
County: Yuma County
Metro Area: Yuma Metro Area
City: Gadsden
Zip Codes: 85336
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Time zone: Mountain Standard Time (no daylight savings time)
Elevation: 138 ft above sea level

Yuma is located at the extreme southwest corner of Arizona where the state borders California just north of the Mexican border. A true oasis in the desert, Yuma was originally settled as a crossing point at the Colorado River for California settlers. Today, the dry desert climate is the main attraction. Yuma, one of the driest and sunniest places in the country, averages almost 300 days of sunshine each year.

Retirees are attracted to the climate, access to California, and low cost of living and crime rate by regional standards. On the downside, educational attainment is very low, health care resources are weak, summers can be oppressive, and the area features one of the most challenging employment pictures in the country. Nearby desert and the Colorado River provides recreation options.

Yuma is located in the Colorado River Valley, which narrows at this point with rugged, hilly, desert terrain on all sides. Green vegetation only grows at the river. The rest of the terrain has scant vegetation, mostly sagebrush, scrub, and short grasses.

The climate is true desert. Summers bring dry and sometimes oppressive desert heat during the day followed by relatively cool evenings. Average high temperatures from June to September are over 100 degrees F. During the short winter, daytime temperatures are mild, usually in the 70s, but nights can drop below freezing. Precipitation is minimal, with just over 3 inches usually occurring on 10 or fewer days each year. First freeze is mid-December, last is early February.

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Gadsden Cost of Living

Desert climate, cost of living, and nearby recreation make Gadsden a great place to live.

-50.3% lower than avg
-89.1% lower than avg
$720 /mo
Monthly rent (2br)
-59.4% lower than avg
Gadsden Crime
44.3 / 100
Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low) to 100 (high). US average: 35.4
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