At the turn of the twentieth century, it was determined that a rail line between Phoenix and Florence was necessary. The land used to accomplish that objective was owned by a man named William "Bobby" Gilbert. Gilbert was an agricultural community and remained a farming town for many years. Gilbert incorporated on July 6, 1920. It was known as the "Hay Capital of the World" until the late 1920s. Gilbert has transitioned from an agricultural town to a young, family oriented affluent city. Gilbert, Arizona was recognized as the fastest growing city in America between 1990 and 2005 with a growth rate of nearly 500%.
The Town of Gilbert doesn't really have an official response for what a person who lives in Gilbert is called. A Gilbertonian? A Gilbertite? I guess it's up to you!
Gilbert is located in the southeast part of the Greater Phoenix area. It is one of the cities that is included in a general area referred to as the East Valley. The town offices of Gilbert are about 20 miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
Generally, Chandler is to the west and south, Mesa is to the west and north, Queen Creek is to the east and south.
Gilbert, Arizona covers about 76 square miles, and the elevation of Gilbert is about 1,273 feet.
Area Code: 480
Zip Codes: 85233, 85234, 85295, 85296, 85297, 85298, 85299
Here is a zip code map of Gilbert, AZ.