Once known as the “Hay Shipping Capital of the World,” Gilbert, Arizona has evolved into one of the fastest growing communities and the largest town in the United States. Encompassing 72.6 square miles, Gilbert has transformed from an agricultural community to a thriving and economically-diverse suburban community.
Incorporated in 1920, 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. During the last three decades, Gilbert has seen tremendous growth, increasing in population from 5,575 in 1980 to 238,532 in 2016.
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There are countless reasons why so many people have chosen to make Gilbert their home. Gilbert is continuously ranked as one of the best places to live in America, raise a family, and to own a home. View a full list of recent recognitions here. In addition, Gilbert’s A-rated schools, amenities such as the vibrant Heritage District, and endless business opportunities are some other reasons many choose Gilbert.
Let’s dive a little deeper into where people are moving to in Gilbert. When looking at the heat map below, you’ll notice that the single family housing permit trend from 2003 to 2007 is focused in on the eastern and southern parts of Gilbert. As Gilbert grows, the community densifies and developers are choosing to build where land is available.
This photo is an aerial shot of the Seville Golf and Country Club community located near Gilbert’s southern border on Riggs Road west of Power Road. What was once vacant land and citrus orchards is now a bustling part of the Gilbert community.
Gilbert’s growth is not over just yet. As Gilbert approaches build-out over the next decade, the estimated population is expected to reach 330,000.
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