Gilbert is a town located in the southeast area of the Phoenix Metropolitan area.  Gilbert was once known as the “Hay Shipping Capital of the World.”  It was primarily a farming community and owes it beginnings to William “Bobby” Gilbert, who provided his land to the Arizona Eastern Railway in 1902.  The first store was opened in 1910 and later became the location of the first post office in 1912, where it later moved to the east side of Gilbert Road in downtown, and remains there today.  Incorporated in 1920, it remained an agricultural town for many years.  Since then, it has made a rapid transformation from an agriculture-based community to an economically diverse suburban center.  In the past thirty years, Gilbert population has grown in an extremely high rate with the numbers increasing from 5,717 in 1980 to over 208,000 as of 2010.  It was the 4th fastest growing municipality in the United States in 2009.  The population today sits at over 248,000, is one of the top 25 safest cities in the US, and was recognized as the “36th Best Place to Live in the Nation” in 2010.  Gilbert remains incorporated as a town, which means does not have the power to regulate utilities & construction within their borders as cities possess.   

Approximate Population: 248,500 +

Top companies/employers: Gilbert Public Schools, Banner Health, Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, Town of Gilbert, Fry’s Food and Drug

Median household income: $81k

Airports: Phoenix Sky Harbor International, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway

Things to do:

  • Heritage (Downtown) Gilbert
  • Gilbert Historical Museum
  • Hale Centre Theatre
  • Fat Cats
  • Altitude Trampoline Park
  • Mother’s Nature Farm
  • VIPAirsoft
  • Phoenix Escape Room
  • The Farm at Agritopia
  • Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch
  • San Tan Village Mall
  • Art Intersection
  • Art Walk
  • Freestone Park
  • Zanjero Park
  • TopGolf
  • Gilbert Town Square
  • Gilbert Farmers Market
  • Gilbert Holiday Lights
  • Multiple Golf Courses