A hopping small town with a down-to-earth feel that offers a bit of something for everyone!

Welcome to Gilbert

A small-town feel with urban amenities
Rated the 22nd Best Place to Live in the United States by Money Magazine, Gilbert is a hopping small town with a down-to-earth feel that offers a bit of something for everyone! Incorporated in 1920, Gilbert is known as the “Largest Small Town in America,” and it offers residents a close-knit community with an array of amenities and conveniences at their fingertips.

What to Love

  • A bustling atmosphere, with a homegrown feel and family-friendly attractions
  • Rich in heritage, with a largely agricultural past and numerous historical landmarks
  • Full of opportunities to be out in nature, with lots of parks and preserves to wander in

Local Lifestyle

Gilbert residents are proud to live in this town. And, how could they not be? Gilbert affords them a relaxed pace of living, with an abundance of activity throughout the day and night. Residents have copious options for dining and entertainment, as well as plenty of dining alternatives for those who wish to lead a more health-conscious way of life.

Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping

Gilbert’s dining scene is, in a word: scrumptious. For Asian-inspired digs, Clever Koi is a particularly flavorful choice. Or, if you are after a heartier meal, Postino East is the place for a taste of Italy. For finger-licking-good barbecue, Joe’s Real BBQ is a local favorite. If you are a little more health-conscious, The Uprooted Kitchen is a solid choice — with fresh vegan and vegetarian dishes.
After grabbing a bite at one of Gilbert’s delightful eateries, you may be in the mood for a little entertainment. The famous Dierks Bentley Whiskey Row is a favorite spot for listening to up-and-coming country musicians and DJs spinning the hottest tunes. If you are looking for more of a sexy, speakeasy vibe, stop by The White Rabbit. For the kids, there is Fat Cats, which features a bowling alley, arcade, and other fun attractions all under one roof! Of course, you can’t forget about Hale Centre Theatre for family-friendly theatrical performances.
If you love to shop, you’ll find a selection of large-scale retailers and small businesses in Gilbert. At SanTan Village, you will find classic retail joints like Lululemon and Nordstrom Rack. If you wish to shop more locally, Heritage and Home is the perfect place to find a unique gift. For apparel, explore Joss and J.

Things to Do

From the Riparian Preserve to Downtown Gilbert, this town has a lot to offer. And, for every type of person. Are you an adventure fiend? Ride some waves at The Strand at Gilbert Regional Park (coming in 2024). Or, if you are into more lowkey activities, pay a visit to the Gilbert Historical Museum.


There aren’t many schools in Gilbert, but there are a few solid options available for those who wish to settle down here.
  • Gilbert Public Schools, K-12; Offering students a well-rounded curriculum, with a wide range of athletic and extracurricular programs.
  • Val Vista Academy, K-8; A tuition-free charter school providing excellent academic programs that emphasize a standards-based approach to education.
  • Park University, Gilbert, An accredited, 4-year institution offering a wide range of degree programs and smaller classes than the typical university or college.

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