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Gilbert

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Meet Gilbert

With sunshine year-round and a booming economy, there’s a reason Gilbert is the fastest growing town in the United States.

South-east of Phoenix, Gilbert is often lumped in with the rest of the metro area but it’s more than just a suburb of a bigger city. In just a few decades it’s gone from being a small town of a few thousand people to a thriving city in its own right, with a population of more than 250,000 people. Gilbert sprawls, too, covering 76 square miles--not as large as Phoenix, but plenty of space and people to have its own distinct identity. Gilbert started as a Mormon farming community. Early in its history, it was known as the “Hay Shipping Capital of the World”. Today, it’s grown beyond this agricultural identity, quietly becoming one of the best places to live in the United States. It’s only recently gained widespread attention for its livability, thanks in part to being ranked the 2nd-safest city in the US.

Where to live in Gilbert

Most of Gilbert’s residents don’t live downtown. Instead, there are a variety of residential communities built around the main downtown area. Many of these are planned communities anchored around a community center or country club. This makes it easy to get to know your neighbors, and also gives you access to great amenities like swimming pools and golf courses. Living in an area with easy access to Loop 202 or Highway 101 can help you cut down on your daily commute if you work downtown, though none of the neighborhoods of Gilbert have a particularly long drive into the city.

Best Neighborhoods in Gilbert

You’re never far from a park or trail when you live in Gilbert. Two of the best neighborhoods, Val Vista Lakes and The Islands, offer waterfront living--something most people don’t expect to find in Arizona. Mountain climbers will want to consider the Seville neighborhood, the closest to the San Tan Mountain Regional Park. The cost of living in Gilbert is higher than in most of Arizona. While the price of utilities and transportation is fairly consistent, affluent neighborhoods like Seville tend a bit pricier overall and are where you’ll find luxury retail and high-end dining options.

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Quick Facts About Gilbert

Never heard of Gilbert? You’re not alone. As recently as the 1970s it had a population of just 5,000 people and wasn’t much known outside Arizona. While its reputation has been growing, it’s still one of the best-kept secrets in Arizona. Here are some facts about the town to help you get up to speed.
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Work in Gilbert

Gilbert’s economy has kept pace with its population surge. Unemployment rates are low and jobs are plentiful, especially in industries like technology, health care, construction, and education. The Phoenix East Valley region is home to almost half of the state’s manufacturing, as well as about a third of the jobs in defense and aerospace, so you can find work in a diverse range of industries. Gilbert doesn’t have as many giant companies with thousands of employees as other large cities. The biggest corporate name in town is GoDaddy, which is headquartered in nearby Scottsdale and has a smaller location in Gilbert. Many of the city’s jobs are at small businesses and start-ups, and the consistent growth is appealing to entrepreneurs from a wide range of industries.

How good is Gilbert for Digital Nomads or Remote Work

Remote work is changing how the global workspace operates. In a trend that is showing no signs of slowing down, remote work is rapidly on the increase all around the world—especially in a place like Gilbert. And about 25% of remote workers describe themselves as digital nomads—those who like to travel or stay in cities around the world while they work. So, how good is Gilbert for both of these growing movements?

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Food and Drink in Gilbert

Mexican and Latin food is popular throughout Arizona. Jalisience Mexican Food in Mirador Square is both authentic and affordable. Joyride Taco House is another local favorite for modern Mexican fare. The family-owned La Ristra is the local spot for great tequila, with over 150 varieties, as well as traditional dishes at a range of spice levels. There’s excellent barbecue to be had in Gilbert, too. Joe’s Real BBQ smokes its meat over pecan wood grown in Arizona, and pairs a charming, vintage vibe with its down-home menu. If you want authentic Texas-style barbecue, Caldwell County BBQ is where you should go. You can find diverse world cuisine in Gilbert, too. For Vietnamese food with an American twist, check out Simi’s Cafe, an unassuming spot in a strip mall on East Baseline Road. If you’re in the mood for Mediterranean, Romeo’s Euro Cafe on North Gilbert Road has excellent stuffed gyros, along with unique specialties like the Chicken Omega.

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Top 6 Things To Do in Gilbert

Birders flock to the Riparian Preserve, and the Arizona Audubon Society hosts a free bird walk every third Saturday if you want to jump in on the action. Freestone Park is a favorite local fishing spot with loads of family-friendly entertainment, including a model railroad and mini Ferris wheel. Golfers have a lot of courses to choose from. One of the most innovative is TopGolf, whose digital driving range is a lot more comfortable on hot summer days. The Hale Centre Theater is the best spot in town to watch plays and musicals, with a unique round seating layout that gives everyone a good view. If you want to learn more about Gilbert’s history, check out the Gilbert Historical Museum in the HD South building, or check out the Gilbert Arizona Temple, a beautiful neoclassical structure built by the Mormons who helped to found the town.

Pioneer Park

526 E Main St, Mesa

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Greenfield Park

4105 E Diamond Ave, Mesa

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San Tan Mountain Regional Park

6533 W Phillips Rd, Queen Creek

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John Allen Park

334 E Elliot Rd, Gilbert

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Nichols Park

700 N Higley Rd, Gilbert

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Mesa Arts Center

1 E Main St, Mesa

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