Gilbert, Arizona was ranked by CNN’s Money Magazine as one of the Best Places to Live in the United States. As of 2017 the population is 239,277 and encompasses 76 square miles southeast of Phoenix.
The area has made a rapid transition from a small farming town to the most populous incorporated town in the nation with a growing metropolitan feel. It was incorporated in 1920 and Gilbert’s population has been on a steady rise since the early 80’s when town leadership began making infrastructure decisions that would support growth similar to the surrounding East Valley cities of Mesa, Tempe, and Chandler.
Gilbert has made its mark with its obvious dedication to modernizing the downtown area with the implanting of some of Metropolitan Phoenix’s key dining institutions including Postino’s and Oreganos and its flourishing local boutique and farmer’s market scene.
Gilbert is as accessible as the rest of its East Valley peers but combines a unique sense of historic pride and urban growth that has quickly earned Gilbert a place in the top Arizona cities to watch. With large cultural events held nearly every month between April and December including the Global Village Festival and the Gilbert Days Parade and Carnival, Gilbert gives visitors a reason to come and continues to build more culinary and shopping experiences to give them a reason to stay.