It is the sixth-largest municipality in Arizona, and the fifth-largest in the Metropolitan Phoenix Area.Gilbert encompasses 76 square miles (197 km) and has made a rapid transformation from an agriculture-based community to an economically diverse suburban center located in the southeast valley of the Greater Phoenix area.From an outsider’s point of view, Chandler may look like paradise.Well-manicured lawns, nice spacious homes, restaurants, office buildings and great parks.
A small section of the US 60 Superstition Freeway also skirts the northern boundary of the town at the Higley Road interchange (Exit 186).
In the last three decades, Gilbert has grown at an extremely high rate, increasing in population from 5,717 in 1980 to 208,453 as of the 2010 census.
The town grew at an average annual growth rate of nearly 13% during this 30-year period.
By 1915, they began holding church meetings at the Gilbert Elementary School.
In 1918, they were organized into the Gilbert Ward.