Gilbert encompasses 76 square miles (197 km2) and has made a rapid transformation from an agriculture-based community to an economically diverse suburban center located in the southeast valley of the Greater Phoenix area. In the last three decades, Gilbert has grown at an extremely high rate, increasing in population from 5,717 in 1980 to 208,453 as of the 2010 census. The town grew at an average annual growth rate of nearly 13% during this 30-year period. In 2019, the town's population was estimated to be at 254,114.
Gilbert was established by William "Bobby" Gilbert, who provided land to the Arizona Eastern Railway in 1902 to construct a rail line between Phoenix and Florence, Arizona. Ayer's Grocery Store, the first store in Gilbert, opened in 1910 and became the location of the first post office in 1912. The location of the town post office moved several times before settling on the east side of Gilbert Road in downtown, where it still stands today. In 1912, many Mormons who had fled the Mormon colonies in Mexico due to the actions of the forces of Pancho Villa settled in Gilbert. By 1915, they began holding church meetings at Gilbert Elementary School. In 1918, they were organized into the Gilbert Ward.
Incorporated in July 1920, Gilbert was primarily a farming community fueled by the rail line and construction of the Roosevelt Dam and the Eastern and Consolidated Canals. It remained an agricultural town for many years and was known as the "Hay Capital of the World" from 1911 until the late 1920s.
In 2019, the town featured highly on three national surveys, related to safety, livability and family life; it was named the fourth-safest (of 182 communities), twelfth-most livable town, and seventh-best place to raise a family in the United States
Why You Should Live in Gilbert
Gilbert has gained many tremendous accolades throughout the past decade. The town, which was the fastest-growing town in the nation from 1990 to 2003, has been ranked as one of the best places to live in the United States by CNN Money. It is one of the top 25 safest cities within the country and one of the highest educated, with 34.5 percent of all residents holding a higher education degree. Property crime rates in Gilbert are half that of the surrounding counties, and violent crime is virtually nonexistent, with violent crime ratings almost a fifth of the state’s violent crime ratings.
Moreover, Gilbert has the highest household median income for large cities in Phoenix. The median household income in Gilbert is $68,000, compared to the state average of $40,000. Owner occupancy is also quite high in the area, thus ensuring that property values will remain high. It is a diverse and wealthy city with an extraordinary amount of benefits.
Apart from the safety and luxury of the area, Gilbert has wonderful year-round weather and an extraordinary amount of outdoor activities. Located very close to Phoenix, the economy is extremely stable, and there are many opportunities for those in a wide variety of industries. Educationally, there are 14 schools within Gilbert, Arizona, between K to 12, and they all perform exceptionally well.
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