Whether shopping in San Tan Village, dining at local eateries, or appreciating the Riparian Preserve, Gilbert is a metropolitan area with a small community heart. Named as a 2010 “Top Place to Live and Learn” and boasting 76 square miles and a population of over 200,000 residents, Gilbert is always drawing new people.
Gilbert Public Schools is home to Desert Ridge High School, one of a small number of schools that offers Project Lead the Way, a national pre-engineering program that prepares high school students for engineering with an emphasis on college-level math and science tracks.
Gilbert residents value arts and culture. Downtown is home to the Hale Centre Theatre and several local galleries. There are local museums including the Heard Museum of Anthropology and Primitive Arts and Gilbert Historical Society. To enjoy the outdoors, residents and visitors alike can walk the 4.5 miles of wandering trails and see over 200 bird species at the Riparian Preserve. For residents and visitors with a passion for shopping, San Tan Village is home to some major and high end retailers such as Sephora, White House Black Market, Macy’s, and Dillard’s.
The median home price in this community comprised of only six different neighborhoods is $170,000 and the majority of homes were built in the 1990s. Despite its size, Gilbert ranks as one of the nation’s top 25 safest places to live. There are eight area hospital including three different Banner Medical Centers, Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, and Gilbert Emergency Hospital.