The Town of Gilbert prides itself in maintaining a small-town atmosphere. It grew from a population of 5,717 in 1980 to 145,000 in 2003, making it one of the fastest growing communities in the country. Once the hay-shipping capital of the world, today Gilbert is family oriented with village-concept planned communities. The Heritage District in downtown Gilbert is home to the theater-in-the-round Hale Theatre where live performances are given. The Riparian Institute, Gilbert Historical Society Museum, four golf courses and many annual festivals including the Gilbert Days Rodeo add to the town’s lifestyle.
- Founded: 1891
- Incorporated: 1920
- Elevation: 1,273 feet
- Size: 76 square miles
- Population: 109,697 (2000 census)
- Major Attractions: Gilbert Days Rodeo, Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch