Gilbert Resource Page
100 years ago, Gilbert in Arizona was the hay capital of the world.
Today, it’s a thriving town with a digital community of entrepreneurs, innovators, and technologists and is set to become a city of the future.
Gilbert has a population of approximately a quarter of a million in an area of 69 square miles. In the space of just three decades, the town’s population grew rapidly.
The town has a lot going for it.
It is ranked in the top 25 safest places to live in the US with a low crime rate
35% of residents have gained at least a bachelor’s degree
Was rated in 2008 as one of the best places to live in the States by CNN’s Money magazine.
4th fastest-growing municipality in the US
Notable Businesses in Gilbert
Gilbert’s main employers include GoDaddy Software, Fry’s Marketplace, Walmart, and B/H Drywall.
Health and education are also main employers with organizations such as Banner Health, Dignity Health, Higley Unified School District, and Gilbert Unified School District.
Gilbert’s rapid growth can be attributed to its accessibility.
The town can be reached via the Santan Freeway, several arterial highways, and is close to two airports, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.
Gilbert, Arizona is still classed as a town unlike its neighbors Mesa and Chandler which are now cities. This means that Gilbert has less autonomy over the regulation of utilities and construction.
The General Plan for Gilbert is to provide more housing, improve the transport infrastructure, architectural design, expand open spaces and parks, and focus on conservation over the next 20 years.
That said, Gilbert is one of the few cities selected to participate in a data-driven experiment in partnership with Harvard University.
Gilbert places great importance on gaining approval from the public, who get to vote on the General Plan.
Using Technology To Drive Development
Gilbert is proud to be one of the few cities to be chosen to take part in the Data and Evidence Track by Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative.
Online surveys and social media interaction are used to determine the local community’s wishes for the future of the town.
Harvard Professors are working with Gilbert’s local government to use the data gathered from the community to inform new developments such as building a new fire station in a more appropriate location and improve the health and well being of its population.
While Gilbert will never lose its agricultural roots, it is set to become a ‘City of the Future’ and a more vibrant and urban place to live and visit with:
Main Attractions in Gilbert, Arizona
Gilbert has a wealth of attractions for locals and visitors. The town is home to some natural wonders such as:
Nature lovers and thrill-seekers can take a steamboat tour, go hiking, kayaking, ziplining, and tubing, or just simply enjoy the flora and fauna.
Gilbert’s commitment to small businesses means there is a diverse range of wonderful dining and shopping opportunities. From small boutiques selling unique clothes and handicrafts to cafes and restaurants that make use of the richly diverse local produce.
You can’t get bored in Gilbert, even in bad weather as the town boasts:
No wonder the town is one of the best places to live in the US.