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Gilbert

Located in the southeast valley of the Phoenix metropolitan area, Gilbert Arizona has a high quality of community life fueled by a strong economy. Thriving in business and leisure activities, the community has been named a Best Place to Live in the U.S., one of America’s Top 20 Thriving Cities, Best Phoenix Suburb, Top 5 Safest Cities to Build your Startup, and 11th Hardest Working City in America.

Gilbert has experienced tremendous growth with the population doubling every five years since 1980. Gilbert’s population has a median age of 32.7, boasts one of the highest median incomes in the state of Arizona at $85,187 and has a dense volume of educated residents with 40.9 percent of residents holding a bachelor’s degree or higher. Gilbert’s border is within a half a mile to Arizona State University’s Polytechnic campus and Chandler-Gilbert Community College and there are over 69 other colleges, universities and technical schools within a 30-minute commute. Additionally, Gilbert has a nationally A-ranked K-12 system through the public school districts and unique magnet and charter programs. Students attending Gilbert schools have a graduation rate of over 90 percent (as compared to Arizona average at 76 percent).

Gilbert’s economic development strategies and tactics are focused on creating job growth in all Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Industries. Progress has emerged in the areas of oncology, regenerative medicine, cardiovascular science, algae technologies and biofuels, medical devices and pharmaceutical/ nutraceuticals. Some of Gilbert’s notable STEM anchors include Banner M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Cardiovascular & Stem Cell Consultants, Celebration Stem Cell Center, Heliae, Development LLC, Ironwood Cancer and Research Center, Lockheed Martin and Orbital ATK Space Systems Group.

Gilbert offers businesses access to a specialized workforce; ease of market access via ground transportation (two major freeways), rail and air (Sky Harbor International Airport and Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport); a City Council focused on economic development; accountability through its Accredited Economic Development Organization designation by the International Economic Development Council; and countless opportunities to collaborate with world-class businesses.

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Demographic Break down

POPULATION

254,859

MEDIAN AGE

33.3

EDUCATION

40.9%

Bachelor’s Degree
or higher

KEY industries

Key Businesses in Gilbert

Connectivity

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Gilbert Accolades
  • 1 of top 5 Safest Cities to Build Your Startup (Tech.Co., 2016)
  • #1 Most Prosperous City in the Country (Econ Innovation, 2017)
  • One of the Nation’s Most Livable Cities (24/7 Wall Street, 2017)
  • #1  Phoenix Suburb for Millennials (Realtor.com, 2016)
  • 2nd Safest City in the U.S. (Law Street Media, 2016)
  • #9 Hardest Working City in America (CBS Money Watch, 2016)
  • #1 Best Phoenix Suburb (Thrillist, 2016)
  • #1 Fastest Growing Neighborhood in America (Realtor.com, 2016)
  • #1 Highest Media Household Income in America (WalletHub, 2016)
  • #12 Best City for Families / #1 in Arizona (WalletHub, 2016)
  • 7th Happiest City in America (Zippia, 2016)
  • 13th Best City of WalletFitness (WalletHub, 2016)
  • 3rd Best City to Find a Job in the United States (WalletHub, 2015)
  • 16th Best City for First-Time Home Buyers (WalletHub, 2015)
  • 22nd Best Place to Live in the United States (Money Magazine, 2014)
  • Gilbert Among Nations Fastest Growing Communities (Arizona Republic, 2014)
  • Gilbert 4th Best Community for Hispanic Entrepreneurs (WalletHub, 2014)
  • Best City for Working Parents (WalletHub, 2014)
  • 9th Best City for Families (WalletHub, 2014)

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Testimonials

Dignity Health

@DignityHealthAZ

Excellent, caring, and affordable health care are at the heart of Dignity Health. The health system of 40 hospitals and care centers in communities across Arizona, California, and Nevada has made it a goal to create environments that meet each patient’s physical, mental and spiritual needs. Dignity Health has hospitals in both Chandler and Gilbert, and serves the entire region with compassion, respect and human kindness.Tim Bricker, President/CEO
Tim Bricker, President/CEOGilbert / Chandler

Heliae

@Heliae_ Algae

Heliae started off as a small research and development arm of Arizona State University and as we set to expand here in the PHX East Valley, Gilbert was our ideal location. It was close in proximity with access to attract the talent needed in the industry and the climate algae needs to grow. As Director of Engineering it was best to move my family into the PHX East Valley. Gilbert gives my family and I that small town feel and has everything we need, good restaurants, hiking, recreational activities, etc. yet in close proximity to the airport and attractions of the big city when we need or want it. The PHX East Valley is ideal for continuing to grow business and raise a family.John Cefola, Director of Engineering
John Cefola, Director of Engineering Gilbert

Banner Gateway Medical Center

@BannerHealth @bannermdandersn

Banner Gateway is an acute care, full service community hospital. Our Gilbert, AZ campus is home to the Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center which provides an unprecedented level of cancer care to Arizona through world-renowned resources. Our region is becoming a destination for cancer care and complex cases and as CEO, I meet regularly with other PHX East Valley Banner executives to discuss the needs of the communities we serve and strategize how we can offer the highest quality patient care and experience at a low cost. Our team here in the PHX East Valley is leading the way to the future of quality Healthcare that is affordable.Lamont Yoder, CEO
Lamont Yoder, CEOGilbert

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