Known for many years as the Hay Capital of the World, Gilbert AZ was a prime farming community, fueled by the construction of the Roosevelt Dam and the Eastern and Consolidated Canals in 1911. Today, the city has nearly doubled in size in the past decade, and has received national attention for its friendly atmosphere, excellent schools, and expansion. Over the past 20 years, Gilbert has been named one of the fastest growing towns in the country.
Compared to other cities within Arizona, Gilbert happens to be a bit pricier than most. One bedroom apartments in Gilbert AZ cost between $600 and $900 depending on the amount of space and luxury you desire. The price of rent rises with the addition of amenities and space. Most Gilbert AZ apartments come with standard amenities like pools and fitness centers, so you'll be sure you always enjoy that year-round warm weather.
As a city known for having young, well-educated residents, Gilbert apartments are a great place to settle into. According to the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, more than 92 percent of residents have graduated from high school and 34 percent hold a bachelor's degree or higher. The city's emphasis on education attracts residents who are either looking to continue their education, or people with school-aged children. Gilbert offers different ways to get involved in the community, including neighborhood block parties, neighborhood watch and Gilbert's own Congress of Neighborhoods, which provides up to date information for Gilbert residents regarding their community.
If you're a student, Gilbert AZ is home to a few colleges and universities, including Chandler-Gilbert Community College and Arizona State University. Gilbert has three local hospitals - Banner Gateway Medical Center, Gilbert Hospital and Mercy Gilbert Medical Center. As for business, Gilbert travelers use Sky Harbor Phoenix International Airport and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, both located within 15 miles of downtown. The recent addition of hotels and a conference center make Gilbert a destination for leisure or business travel.