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Town of Gilbert
—  Town  —
The water tower in downtown Gilbert

Location in Maricopa County and the state of Arizona
Coordinates: 33°21′00″N 111°47′21″W / 33.35°N 111.78917°W / 33.35; -111.78917
Country  United States
State  Arizona
County Maricopa
 - Mayor John Lewis
 - Total 76.0 sq mi (121.6 km2)
 - Land 75.76 sq mi (120.98 km2)
 - Water 0.24 sq mi (0.62 km2)
Elevation 1,237 ft (377 m)
Population (2007)[1][2]
 - Total 207,550
 Density 2,862.12/sq mi (1,788.82/km2)
Time zone MST (no DST) (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 85233, 85234, 85295-85298
Area code(s) 480
FIPS code 04-27400

Gilbert is a town in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States, within the Phoenix metropolitan area. Gilbert is recognized as the fourth fastest-growing large municipality in the nation[3] and has been ranked 28th out of top 100 best places to live in America;[4] its population was estimated at 207,550 in 2007 by the U.S. Census Bureau.[2] The community has one of the highest ranked K-12 education systems in the state[5] and has been noted as the 28th safest city in the country.[6]

As a young, affluent community focused on the creation of wealth through an economically diverse environment, 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. Incorporated in July of 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 agriculture town for many years and was known as the "Hay Capital of the World"[7] from 1911 until the late 1920s.

Today, Gilbert encompasses 76 square miles and has made a rapid transformation from an agriculture-based community to an economically diverse suburban center located in the southeast valley of the Phoenix metropolitan area. In the last two decades, Gilbert has grown at a pace unparalleled by most communities in the United States, increasing in population from 5,717 in 1980 to 217,521 as of July 2009. Gilbert has evolved into a highly educated and affluent community supporting high-wage jobs in life science and health services, high technology, clean and renewable energy, and corporate and regional headquarters/offices in advanced business services while preserving its highly desirable quality of life.



According to the United States Census Bureau, in the 2000 Census, the town had a total area of 43.2 square miles (69.12 square km). As of 2009, and due to annexations the current Municipal Planning Area of Gilbert has a total area of 76.0 square miles (121.6 km²), of which, 75.76 square miles (120.98 km²) of it is land and 0.24 square miles (0.62 km²) of it is water.


As of July 1, 2009, Maricopa Association of Governments,[8], Census 2000. United States Census Bureau. there were 217,521 people, 74,147 housing units, and 3.01 persons per household.

Gilbert Arizona Accolades

  • Fastest growing municipality in the United States from 1990-2003. U.S. Census Bureau
  • Currently the 4th fastest growing municipality in the United States. U.S. Census Bureau - 2009
  • Ranked by CNN's Money Magainze in 2008 as one of the best places to live in the United States[9].
  • One of the top 25 safest cities in the United States[10].
  • Gilbert-based employers have access to over 1.23 million industry professionals within a 45-minute commute[11].
  • 34.5% of Gilbert residents hold a bachelor’s degree or higher[12].
  • Highest household median income in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area with Population 50,000+ U.S. Census Bureau 2005
Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1920 865
1930 791 −8.6%
1940 837 5.8%
1950 1,114 33.1%
1960 1,833 64.5%
1970 1,971 7.5%
1980 5,717 190.1%
1990 29,188 410.5%
2000 109,697 275.8%
Est. 2009 217,521 98.3%

2009 According to Nielsens Claritas Demographics [13],in 2009 the racial makeup of the town was:

2009 Estimated Population Data by Gender/Age[14]:

  • 31.37 Average Age Male/Female
  • 50.22% Male
    • 30.03 Est. Average Age
  • 49.78% Female
    • 31.82 Est. Average Age
  • 37.14% Population Under 21
  • 33.25% Population Under 18
  • 70.01% Population Over 16
  • 66.76% Population Over 18
  • 62.86% Population Over 21
  • 5.30% Population Over 65

2009 Estimated Population Age 15+ by Marital Status[15]:

  • 20.87% Never Married
  • 66.71% Married, Spouse Present
  • 2.23% Married, Spouse absent
  • 2.11% Widowed
  • 8.07% Divorced

2009 Estimated Population Age 25+ Educational Attainment[16]:

  • 92.33% High School/GED or Higher
  • 35.5% Bachelor's Degree or Higher
  • 10.46% Master's Degree or Higher

2009 Estimated Households by Household Income[17]:

  • $98,213 Average Household Income
  • $86,077 Median Household Income
  • $30,559 Per Capita Income
  • 3.28% of Families are Below the Poverty Level

Various religious denominations are represented in Gilbert, including 17.26% claiming to be Catholic, 11.12% Protestant and 12.6% Mormon.[citation needed] The town has been known for its high Mormon population, a fact evidenced by the LDS church's recent announcement to construct a temple in Gilbert.[18][19] Gilbert is also rated as a town of relatively low crime. According to FBI records, Gilbert was the largest city in the United States with zero murders in 2005.[20]


Gilbert, Arizona is a predominantly Republican and politically conservative community that markets itself as family-friendly. The town is part of the sixth congressional district of Arizona, which is represented by Republican Jeff Flake.[21] The Mayor of the Town of Gilbert is John Lewis. On March 10, 2009, the Town Council primary election took place.[citation needed]


Most of Gilbert is zoned to schools in the Gilbert Unified School District, while other portions are zoned to districts including the Chandler Unified School District, Mesa Public Schools, the Queen Creek Unified School District, and the Higley Unified School District


Gilbert is served by one area freeway -- the Santan Freeway portion of the Loop 202 beltway around the East Valley. Several major arterials also serve the area, including Williams Field Road, Chandler Boulevard, and Gilbert Road. The town enjoys relative closeness to Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport, which is located in east Mesa; and is a twenty-five minute drive from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Recently, a park-and-ride facility was constructed in downtown Gilbert for bus service and future commuter rail service. Although the facility borders the Union Pacific (formerly Southern Pacific) tracks and has provisions for commuter rail service, there is currently no such service. However, buses operate to downtown Phoenix from here, and future commuter rail service to Gilbert will require little modification since most of the facilities are already built.[citation needed]

Sister cities

Gilbert has two sister cities, as designated by Sister Cities International:

Notable natives and residents





  1. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Population for All Incorporated Places" (CSV). 2006 Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division. July 1, 2006. Retrieved July 4, 2007. 
  2. ^ a b "Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places in Arizona". United States Census Bureau. 2008-07-10. Retrieved 2008-07-14. 
  3. ^ CNN Money Magazine 2009
  4. ^ CNN Money Magazine 2008
  5. ^ Arizona Department of Education
  6. ^ FBI Crime Statistics 2008
  7. ^ Gilbert History
  8. ^ Maricopa Association of Governments Population & Housing Numbers for Greater Phoenix
  9. ^ CNN Money Magazine 2008
  10. ^ [ FBI Crime Statistics
  11. ^ Maricopa Association of Governments
  12. ^ Nielsen Claritas
  13. ^ Nielsen Claritas
  14. ^ Nielsen Claritas
  15. ^ Nielsen Claritas
  16. ^ Nielsen Claritas
  17. ^ Nielsen Claritas
  18. ^ LDS Church announces two new temples in Arizona - Salt Lake Tribune
  19. ^ Gilbert Arizona Temple, Last accessed on 2008-04-27.
  20. ^ Offenses Known to Law Enforcement, by State, By City, 2005 (Microsoft Excel file format document) - Federal Bureau of Investigation
  21. ^ US Congressman Jeff Flake
  22. ^
  23. ^ NFL Players
  24. ^ NFL Players
  25. ^ Los Angeles Galaxy: Roster: Player Bio
  26. ^ Astronaut Bio: Carlos I. Noriega (1/2008)
  27. ^ Phil Ortega Statistics -
  28. ^

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