Gilbert Arizona is one of the fastest growing communities and the largest town in the United States. Encompassing 72.6 square miles, just southeast of Phoenix, Gilbert has transformed from an agricultural community to a thriving and economically-diverse suburban community.
Incorporated in 1920, Gilbert owes its beginnings to William “Bobby” Gilbert who provided land to the Arizona Eastern Railway in 1902 to construct a rail line between Phoenix and Florence, Arizona.
During the last three decades, Gilbert has seen tremendous growth, increasing in population from 5,717 in 1980 to more than 242,955 in 2015. Many recent accolades, including being named the 2nd Safest City and the 22nd Best Place to Live in the country, explain why so many want to live and do business in Gilbert.
The iconic water tower stands tall in downtown Gilbert in an area that once housed little more than the post office. Today, you will find the downtown bustling with shops, restaurants, a theater and, soon, it will also be home to a University.
Gilbert boasts a nationally ranked K-12 education system including public schools, unique magnet and charter schools, with an average graduation rate of 90%. Nearly 40% of Gilbert residents hold a bachelor’s degree or higher and the median household income is $80,080.
Gilbert’s booming housing industry is coupled with booming business. With a targeted focus
As Gilbert approaches build-out over the next decade, the estimated population is expected to reach 330,000. With a continued focus on building the latest satellites, conducting cancer research and producing algae technology, Gilbert will continue to grow and thrive and uphold its reputation as being clean, safe and vibrant.
Gilbert’s current population of 254,859 doubled every five years from 1980-2000. By 2030, Gilbert is expected to be fully built out, with an anticipated population of over 300,000. While Gilbert is growing to be one of the largest municipalities in Arizona, the community remains youthful and vibrant. With a median age of 33.3 and 71 percent of the population under the age of 45, Gilbert provides an abundant pipeline of workers to support the growth of business and industry.
72.6% of Gilbert’s psychographic makeup consists of “Up and Coming Families”, “Boomburgs” and “Soccer moms”. The “Up and Coming Families” segment is characterized by an average age of 30.7 and a median household income of $64,000. The “Boomburbs” segment is characterized by a median age of 33.6 and a median household income of $105,000. The “Soccer Moms” segment is characterized by a median age of 36.6 and a median household income of $84,000.
Gilbert has a premier education system and is served by three school districts. School locations and general information
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Arizona State University’s Polytechnic Campus
ASU Polytechnic is one of four Arizona State University campuses located in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. Strategically located at Gilbert’s eastern border, ASU Polytechnic offers
Chandler-Gilbert Community College
Paving the way for higher education in the Southeast Valley since 1985, Chandler-Gilbert Community College serves more than 16,000 credit and non-credit students annually. CGCC serves the needs of the Southeast Valley and offers new programs in nursing, law
Northern Arizona University
Northern Arizona University has a campus in Gilbert, as well as one on the campus of Chandler Gilbert Community College serving both undergraduate and graduate students of the community.
East Valley Location
1580 N. Fiesta Blvd. Suite 101
Gilbert, AZ 85233
Chandler Gilbert Community College Location
2626 E. Pecos Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85225
East Valley Institute of Technology
The East Valley Institute of Technology (
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