Gilbert is located in the southeast valley, with Chandler to the west, Mesa to the North, and Queen Creek to the east and south. Gilbert encompasses 76 square miles and has made a rapid transformation from an agriculture-based community to an economically diverse suburban center. Just in the last three decades, Gilbert has grown at an extremely high rate, increasing in population from 5,717 in 1980 to around 209,000 in 2015.
Mostly suburban, Gilbert has a reputation for being family friendly and safe. Since 2012, the downtown area has been heavily developed with many popular restaurants and bars. The combination of suburbs, close proximity to shopping/restaurants, and affordability makes Gilbert a popular destination.
Due to it’s newer development, homes tend to be newer, larger, and in master planned communities. Many other parts of Gilbert, however, are still undeveloped or home to farmland.
Three words to describe Gilbert: traditional, suburban, entertainment
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