As of July 1, 2009,  there were 217,521 people, 74,147 housing units, and 3.01 persons per household.

Fastest growing municipality in the United States from 1990-2003. U.S. Census Bureau

Currently the 4th fastest growing municipality in the United States. U.S. Census Bureau – 2009

Ranked by CNN’s Money magazine in 2008 as one of the best places to live in the United States.[14]

One of the top 25 safest cities in the United States.[15]

34.5% of Gilbert residents hold a bachelor’s degree or higher.[16]

Highest household median income in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area with Population 50,000+ U.S. Census Bureau 2005

Historical populations

Year     Population              %±

1930       791                         −8.6%

1940       837                         5.8%

1950       1,114                     33.1%

1960       1,833                     64.5%

1970       1,971                     7.5%

1980       5,717                     190.1%

1990       29,188                   410.5%

2000       109,697                 275.8%

2010       208,453                 90.0%

2009 According to Nielsens Claritas Demographics,[16] in 2009 the racial makeup of the town was:


15.39%Hispanics or Latinos

3.08% Black or African American

0.79% Native American

4.70% Asian

0.23% Pacific Islander

5.97% from other races

3.73% from two or more races

2009 Estimated Population Data by Gender/Age:[16]

31.37 Average Age Male/Female

50.22% Male

30.03 Est. Average Age

49.78% Female

31.82 Est. Average Age

37.14% Population Under 21

33.25% Population Under 18

70.01% Population Over 16

66.76% Population Over 18

62.86% Population Over 21

5.30% Population Over 65

2009 Estimated Population Age 15+ by Marital Status:[16]

20.87% Never Married

66.71% Married, Spouse Present

2.23% Married, Spouse absent

2.11% Widowed

8.07% Divorced

2009 Estimated Population Age 25+ Educational Attainment:[16]

92.33% High School/GED or Higher

35.5% Bachelor’s Degree or Higher

10.46% Master’s Degree or Higher

2009 Estimated Households by Household Income:[16]

$98,213 Average Household Income

$86,077 Median Household Income

$30,559 Per Capita Income

3.28% of Families are Below the Poverty Level

Various religious denominations are represented in Gilbert, including 17.26% claiming to be Roman Catholic, 11.12% Protestant and 12.6% Mormon.[citation needed] The town has been known for its high Mormon population, a fact evidenced by the LDS church’s recent announcement to construct a temple in Gilbert.[17][18] Gilbert is also rated as a town of relatively low crime. According to FBI records, Gilbert was the largest city in the United States with zero murders in 2005.[19]


The town is part of the sixth congressional district of Arizona, which is represented by Republican Jeff Flake.[20] The mayor of Gilbert is John Lewis.


Most of Gilbert is zoned to schools in the Gilbert Public Schools, while other portions are zoned to districts including the Chandler Unified School District, Mesa Public Schools, the Queen Creek Unified School District, and the Higley Unified School District. Also in Gilbert are charter schools such as Edu-Prize (the first charter school in Arizona).


Main article: Metropolitan Phoenix Freeways

Gilbert is served by one area freeway — the Santan Freeway portion of Loop 202 around the East Valley. Several major arterials also serve the area, including Williams Field Road, Chandler Boulevard, and Gilbert Road. The town enjoys relative closeness to Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport, which is located in east Mesa; and is a twenty-five minute drive from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Recently, a park-and-ride facility was constructed in downtown Gilbert for bus service and future commuter rail service. Although the facility borders the Union Pacific (formerly Southern Pacific) tracks and has provisions for commuter rail service, there is currently no such service. However, buses operate to downtown Phoenix from here, and future commuter rail service to Gilbert will require little modification since most of the facilities are already built.



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