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Overview

Introduction to Gilbert, Arizona

Incorporated in 1920, Gilbert is a large town in central Arizona, located approximately 24 miles southeast of Phoenix. Other nearby cities include Mesa (approximately 15 minutes to the north) and Tempe (approximately 20 minutes to the northwest). The town's population has skyrocketed from under 2,000 in 1970 to over 156,000 according to a 2004 census estimate.

Known during much of the early 20th century as the 'Hay Capital of the World', Gilbert was primarily an agricultural community until recent years. Concurrent with the town's population growth, Gilbert has developed and transitioned rapidly to its present status as a modern suburb of the Phoenix Metropolitan Area.

Gilbert Arts and Culture

Gilbert is home to an annual 'Gilbert Days' celebration in late November, a three-day festival in observance of the full paving of Gilbert Road through the town. Additional things to do in and around Gilbert include:

  • The Riparian Institute
  • The Hale Centre Theatre
  • Heard Museum of Anthropology and Primitive Arts
  • Gilbert Historical Museum
  • Heritage District
  • Freestone Park
  • Deer Valley Rock Art Center (nearby Phoenix)
  • Cave Creek (nearby Phoenix)

Included among the recreational facilities in Gilbert are two municipal swimming pools, two community centers, a recreation center, and 14 parks, one of which is a dedicated skateboard park.

For sports fans, there are many attractions within a short driving distance:

  • Baseball:
    • Cactus League - Several MLB teams hold spring training (March) at nearby sites:
      • Chicago Cubs (Mesa - approximately 8 miles away)
      • Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (Tempe - approximately 16 miles away)
      • San Francisco Giants (Scottsdale - approximately 20 miles away)
      • Oakland A's/Milwaukee Brewers (Phoenix - approximately 24 miles away)
    • Major League Baseball (MLB) - Arizona Diamondbacks (Phoenix).
  • Basketball:
    • National Basketball Association (NBA) - Phoenix Suns.
    • Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) - Phoenix Mercury.
  • Football:
    • National Football League (NFL) - Arizona Cardinals (Tempe).
  • Hockey:
    • National Hockey League (NHL) - Phoenix Coyotes.
  • Lacrosse:
    • National Lacrosse League (NLL) - Arizona Sting (Glendale).
  • College: National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
    • Arizona State Sun Devils (Tempe).

Nearby Tempe, Arizona is also home to both the NCAA College Football Fiesta Bowl and Insight Bowl.

People

Total Population 230,781
Male Share of the Population 49.2%
Female Share of the Population 50.8%
Senior Citizens 7.6%
Employed Population 16+ 110,810
Age of the Population 33

Families

% of people married 57.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 41.3%
Median Earnings25+ $47,420
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $28,672
Median Earnings With High School Degree $34,070

Wealth

Median Family Income $91,125
% Above Poverty Level 93.4%
% Below Poverty Level 6.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 7.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.5%
% Using Public Transportation 0.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 16.6%
Median Gross Rent $1,275
Median House Value $243,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 33.4%
US/American 0.1%
English 11.1%
Irish 10.2%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Gilbert Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 5 miles SE of Mesa, Arizona
County Maricopa
Metro Area Phoenix - Mesa
Standard Zip Codes 85233, 85234, 85296, 85297
P.O. Box Zip Codes 85299
Phone Area Codes 480
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city does not observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.352
Longitude -111.788

Gilbert Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station MESA
Distance 4.7 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 67 F
Apr Temp 54 to 85 F
Jul Temp 77 to 106 F
Oct Temp 59 to 89 F
Annual Precip 9.2 inches
Station CHANDLER HEIGHTS
Distance 12.2 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 64 F
Apr Temp 51 to 84 F
Jul Temp 76 to 104 F
Oct Temp 57 to 86 F
Annual Precip 9.6 inches
Station SOUTH PHOENIX
Distance 16.2 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 67 F
Apr Temp 51 to 85 F
Jul Temp 74 to 102 F
Oct Temp 56 to 87 F
Annual Precip 8.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Chandler 250,202 $84,761
Guadalupe 6,012 $36,477
Mesa 458,860 $59,442
Queen Creek 30,143 $88,750
Scottsdale 227,471 $98,540
Tempe 169,816 $63,682

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Gilbert Hospitals

MERCY GILBERT MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
3555 S VAL VISTA DRIVE
(480) 728-8327
Emergency Service: Yes

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Gilbert High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

MESQUITE HIGH SCHOOL
500 S MCQUEEN RD
480-632-4750
Serves 3,034 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.5

GILBERT HIGH SCHOOL
1101 EAST ELLIOT RD.
480-497-0177
Serves 2,996 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.2

HIGHLAND HIGH SCHOOL
4301 EAST GUADALUPE ROAD
480-813-0051
Serves 2,347 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.2

HIGLEY HIGH SCHOOL
4068 EAST PECOS ROAD
480-279-7300
Serves 1,126 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.4

DESERT HILLS HIGH SCHOOL
1515 S. VAL VISTA DR.
480-813-1151
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 384 students.

EAGLES AERIE SCHOOL
17019 S GREENFIELD RD
480-988-3212
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 271 students.

GILBERT LEARNING CENTER
140 S. GILBERT RD.
480-507-0519
A Non-traditional School
Serves 197 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.6

GILBERT NIGHT SCHOOL
140 S. GILBERT RD.
480-507-0519
A Non-traditional School
Serves 65 students.

GILBERT RESIDENTIAL
140 S. GILBERT RD.
480-497-3462

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