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Gilbert, one of the fastest growing cities
In June 2007 Gilbert was named the 5th fasted growing city in the USA. Gilbert began in 1902 when the Arizona Eastern Railway established a rail siding on property owned by William Gilbert. The siding and the town that grew up around it eventually became known as Gilbert. Gilbert was known for its agriculture, specifically cattle, sheep, dairy products, grains, cotton, and alfalfa hay. In fact during WW-I Gilbert was known as the Hay Shipping Capital of the World.
In 1920, the town was incorporated with a population of 500. The population boom that has enveloped the area started in 1980 with 5,717 citizens, and increased to over 172,000 in 2005, and the 2030 population estimate is 280,000! Gilbert started redevelopment of its “Heritage District” in 2002. To see more of the town’s history, check out the Gilbert Historical Society Museum located in a building that was once the original Town School.
By the Numbers
68 – Square miles
239,277 – 2014 population
3,067 – people/sq mile
32 – percent under 18
30.7 – median age
Current Gilbert Real Estate Market Information