Gilbert Sister Cities
A community supported, non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to promoting cultural understanding and stimulating economic development opportunities for the youth, adults, businesses and organizations of the Town of Gilbert through mutually beneficial international partnerships.
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Once known as the “Hay Shipping Capital of the World,” Gilbert, Arizona has evolved into one of the fastest growing communities and the largest town in the United States. Encompassing 72.6 square miles, just southeast of Phoenix, Gilbert has transformed from an agricultural community to a thriving and economically-diverse suburban community.
Incorporated in 1920, Gilbert owes its beginnings to William "Bobby" Gilbert who provided land to the Arizona Eastern Railway in 1902 to construct a rail line between Phoenix and Florence, Arizona.
During the last three decades, Gilbert has seen tremendous growth, increasing in population from 5,717 in 1980 to more than 242,955 in 2015. Many recent accolades, including being named the 2nd Safest City and the 22nd Best Place to Live in the country, explain why so many want to live and do business in Gilbert.
The iconic water tower stands tall in downtown Gilbert in an area that once housed little more than the post office. Today, you will find the downtown bustling with shops, restaurants, a theater and, soon, it will also be home to a University.
Gilbert boasts a nationally ranked K-12 education system including public schools, unique magnet and charter schools, with an average graduation rate of 90%. Nearly 40% of Gilbert residents hold a bachelor’s degree or higher and the median household income is $80,080.
Gilbert’s booming housing industry is coupled with booming business. With a targeted focus in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math industries, Gilbert is home to many companies with focuses in Advanced Manufacturing, Aerospace and Defense, Bio-Technology, Clean Technology and Renewable Energy.
As Gilbert approaches build-out over the next decade, the estimated population is expected to reach 330,000. With a continued focus on building the latest satellites, conducting cancer research and producing algae technology, Gilbert will continue to grow and thrive and uphold its reputation as being clean, safe and vibrant.