GILBERT, ARIZONA

History

In the early 1900’s the Arizona Eastern Railway was searching for donations of right of way to help it establish a rail link between the City of Phoenix and Florence.  William Gilbert donated property for a rail siding southeast of Phoenix in what is now present day Gilbert, Arizona.  The town grew around the original depot due to the prime farming land and growth fueled by construction of the Roosevelt Dam and other water reclamation projects.  The town was originally known as the “Hay Capital of the World” and was incorporated in 1920.

Population 233,000
Average Household Income $100,500
Median Age 32
City Sales Tax Rate 1.5%
Median Home Value $239,400

Map of Present Day Gilbert, AZ

The Town of Gilbert encompasses almost 73 square miles