During the last three decades, Gilbert has seen tremendous growth, increasing in population from 5,717 in 1980 to more than 242,955 in 2015. Many recent accolades, including being named the 2nd Safest City and the 22nd Best Place to Live in the country, explain why so many want to live and do business in Gilbert.
The iconic water tower stands tall in downtown Gilbert in an area that once housed little more than the post office. Today, you will find the downtown bustling with shops, restaurants, a theater and, soon, it will also be home to a University.
Gilbert boasts a nationally ranked K-12 education system including public schools, unique magnet and charter schools, with an average graduation rate of 90%. Nearly 40% of Gilbert residents hold a bachelor’s degree or higher and the median household income is $80,080.
Gilbert’s booming housing industry is coupled with booming business. With a targeted focus in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math industries, Gilbert is home to many companies with focuses in Advanced Manufacturing, Aerospace and Defense, Bio-Technology, Clean Technology and Renewable Energy.
As Gilbert approaches build-out over the next decade, the estimated population is expected to reach 330,000. With a continued focus on building the latest satellites, conducting cancer research and producing algae technology, Gilbert will continue to grow and thrive and uphold its reputation as being clean, safe and vibrant.
With attractive demographics, award-winning amenities, strategically identified business incentives, and high-profile developments, Gilbert offers immediate, attainable economic opportunity for industry-leading companies.
Gilbert’s current population of 254,859 doubled every five years from 1980-2000. By 2030, Gilbert is expected to be fully built out, with an anticipated population of over 300,000. While Gilbert is growing to be one of the largest municipalities in Arizona, the community remains youthful and vibrant. With a median age of 33.3 and 71 percent of the population under the age of 45, Gilbert provides an abundant pipeline of talent to support the growth of business and industry.
72.6% of Gilbert’s psychographic make-up consists of Up and Coming Families, Boomburbs, and Soccer Moms. Learn more about psychographic tapestry segments. These groups are characterized as being younger families with median ages in the low to mid 30’s focused on planting roots in the suburban periphery of metro areas; they are well-educated with 70% having some form of college education and over 50% having a college degree; and these groups are hard working, with a labor force participation rate of over 70%.