About Gilbert Arizona
Gilbert, Arizona is located just 22 miles southeast of downtown Phoenix. Although it is a suburb of Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale, Gilbert is a quiet community that has sustained its small hometown feel embracing its rich history and southwest tradition. Gilbert lays claim as one of America's fastest growing towns. Its 2010 population of 208,453 is an increase of almost 100% from the previous decade. The amazing rate of growth is a testament to Gilbert's attraction as a family-oriented town.
Gilbert was recognized in 2010 as the "36th Best Place to Live in the nation", as well as among the nation's "top places to live and learn" according to GreatSchools.org. Washington-based C.Q. Press rated Gilbert the "safest municipality in Arizona, and 24th safest in the nation". Its progressive rate of growth has evolved it into a highly educated, affluent community that supports higher-wage jobs, particularly in life science and health services.
A Brief History of Gilbert AZ
Once a farming community known as the "Hay Capital of the World", Gilbert got its boost with the building of the Roosevelt Dam. The dam helped regulate water for farming. In 1920, when the town was incorporated, there were 500 hundred families farming in Gilbert.
The town is named for William Gilbert who offered his own land to the railroad and soon had a rail siding on his property. A rail siding was an extra section of rail that allowed the loading and unloading without blocking the tracks. Gilbert essentially had customers coming right to his property and buying his crops. Pretty soon a town was established and named after him.
Gilbert Arizona Today
Gilbert annually hosts a large rodeo. This happens in November and is referred to as Gilbert Days. There are parades and other activities to celebrate the town’s rich heritage. The Gilbert Historical Museum is another great place to get a taste of Gilbert’s agricultural beginning. With many artifacts for display, one can really experience the great past and appreciate the forward thinking of the Gilbert council.
Gilbert public schools were recently identified as a "Blue Ribbon District" by Expansion Magazine. This is a publication that performs an annual survey on 770 school districts to determine just what the graduates are giving back to the community. Gilbert was shown to present high achievement with moderate funding. This is another nod to the business mindset of Gilbert. There is a desire to attract business to Gilbert as well as a determination to provide work for its graduates and to be sure they are receiving the education they need to work without leaving their home town.
Gilbert is a beautiful town with the great combination of small-town friendliness, a slower pace of life with plenty of trails for hiking, lots of fishing, golf courses and a big-city business sense that will long preserve the Gilbert way of life. Many of the homes in Gilbert are situated on mini-farms.
With a nod to its rich agricultural history and an eye toward its future as a haven from the hustle and bustle of the metropolis, Gilbert is a perfect mix of past and present and this ensures Gilbert and its residents a successful future. Read "Quick Facts About Gilbert".
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