Things You Might Not Know About Gilbert
Posted on March 11, 2016
Whether you’re brand new to the East Valley or even if you’ve lived in Gilbert for a while, you may be interested to know more about the town and how it came to be the biggest incorporated town in the United States. Here’s a few other facts you may not have known about Gilbert.
Interesting Facts about Gilbert
Once known as the “hay shipping capital of the world,” the (still officially) town of Gilbert encompasses 76 square miles to the southeast of Phoenix. For thirteen years, Gilbert was the fastest-growing municipality in the United States. In 1990, Gilbert had just 29,000 residents. By 2013, that figure had grown to 229,000.
Maybe because it’s still considered a “town” of 229,000 people, Gilbert also enjoys an extremely low crime rate for its population. In 2005, the FBI declared Gilbert the largest town with zero murders. It’s still considered the safest place to live in the state of Arizona and is in the top 25 safest places to live in the United States. It was also ranked by CNN to be one of the best places to live in the United States back in 2008.
The town is named for William Gilbert who offered a piece of his land to the railroad and soon had a rail siding on his property. A rail siding was an extra section of rail that allowed the loading and unloading without blocking the tracks. Gilbert essentially had customers coming right to his property and buying his crops.
Gilbert Culture and Celebrities
A wide range of celebrities hail from Gilbert, AZ including Jimmy Eat World (rock band) , Ryan Fitzpatrick (NFL Quarterback), Shea Hillanbrand (Former MLB All-Star), Chester Bennington (Lead singer for Linkin Park), and Lindsey Stirling, the “hip hop violinist” from America’s Got Talent. Also, Miss Arizona 1980 who went on to become Miss USA calls Gilbert her hometown, while 2008’s Miss Arizona does, too. Jim Bechtel, the World Champion of Poker in 1993, also lives here.
If you’re new to Gilbert, or if you’ve called it home for a while, we truly have a great place to live. To learn more about Gilbert and the surrounding area, go to www.gilbertaz.gov.