Gilbert, AZ
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Previously known as the “Hay Shipping Capital of the World,” Gilbert was once a thriving agricultural center that has now blossomed into a well-rounded, economically diverse suburb. Gilbert is one of the fastest-growing cities in Arizona and has also been recognized as one of the best places to live, work, and play in. Gilbert is also known for its bustling downtown area, where the iconic water tower stands along with several shops, restaurants, and entertainment options. Additionally, Gilbert is surrounded by several national and state parks including the Grand Canyon, which continues to attract visitors throughout the year.

Cost of Living

Gilbert’s growing population makes it a relatively expensive place to live. The cost of living in Gilbert is above the national and state average and is mostly attributed to higher housing costs. Nevertheless, residents can still look forward to their tax dollars supporting several renowned school districts, growing commerce, and a variety of community resources.


Gilbert is a car-dependant town. Residents get around town as well as surrounding areas thanks to the Santan Freeway that connects with the Loop 202 and Highway 60, which offers commutes as short as 25 minutes to major cities like Phoenix and Scottsdale. Other transportation options like Valley Metro provides commuters with local bus and rail options that extend to areas like Mesa, Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Peoria. Gilbert is also equipped with services like taxi, carpool, and vanpool options. The town also enjoys proximity to two major airports such as the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.


Gilbert is home to the Gilbert Unified School District, which is a highly ranked public school system, which includes grades PK and K-12 and is made up of nearly 40 elementary, middle, and high school options, many of which are top-rated. Some sections of Gilbert are zoned in the Chandler Unified School District, Mesa Public Schools, and Higley Unified School District. Gilbert also has several charter schools and private schools in the area such as Eduprize, which was the first charter school in the state, as well as American Leadership Academy, and Legacy Traditional School. With a high graduation rate, students are well equipped attending these educational institutions in Gilbert.


There is no shortage of things to do in Gilbert, Arizona. Downtown Gilbert, also known as the Heritage District, is a popular area that attracts locals and visitors from across the country. This area is home to several shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues, as well as an endless list of events held throughout the year such as the Gilbert Pizza Festival, Gilbert Outdoors Expo, Gilbert Art Walk, and Downtown Concert Series. The Farm at Agritopia is also a great place to visit, where residents can explore the community garden or take a tour around the farm grounds. In addition, the Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch provides hikers, bikers, horseback riders, and causal strollers just over four miles of trails, as well as a fishing lake, covered picnic areas, dinosaur dig sites, campsites, and the only valley astronomy observatory.


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