We already knew that, didn’t we ; )
Gilbert is among the top-ranked places in the country to call home according to Money’s 2020-21 Best Places to Live rankings.
Gilbert landed at No. 46 on the list after an analysis of more than 1,800 U.S. cities and towns and is the only city in Arizona to make the list.
“We are proud to be recognized and, as a Gilbert citizen, I can agree that this is one of the greatest cities in the country to live and work,” said Gilbert Town Manager Patrick Banger.
Employment opportunities, the economy, housing, weather, cost of living, diversity and health and safety were among the factors used to create this year’s list.
Gilbert is the fifth-largest city in Arizona and home to nearly 260,000 people.
With more than 270,000 residents, Gilbert is a far cry from the small agricultural town it was just three decades ago. Healthy employment growth is due in part to healthcare providers Banner Health and the Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, which have created thousands of jobs in the past 20 years.
Despite its rapid growth, Gilbert still boasts quiet residential streets and one of the lowest violent crime rates in the area. It’s also a short ride away from Tonto National Forest, one of the largest and most ecologically diverse protected sites in the country, where you can experience parts of the Sonoran Desert, a Ponderosa pine forest and the tall cliffs of the Mogollon Rim. Visitors can ride horses down the trails and waterski in one of the many lakes or even catch a glimpse of a bald eagle or a cougar.
Every spring and fall, the town of Gilbert hosts a concert series at Water Tower Plaza. The Heritage District, encompassing roughly six-blocks, features a blend of 19th century and mid-20th century architecture which gives it a unique vibe.