Gilbert Ranks Amongst The Top For Safety And Livability
Gilbert Ranks Amongst The Top For Safety And Livability
The Gilbert water tower. (Photo: Mark Henle/The Republic)
Gilbert ranks near the top on two recent national surveys that go hand in hand: safety and livability.
The East Valley town of about 250,000 residents was named the fourth-safest city in WalletHub‘s end-of-year list, and the 12th most livable city in the country by SmartAsset. Several other Phoenix-area cities, including neighboring Chandler, also ranked well.
WalletHub’s safety list evaluated 182 U.S. cities on categories of home and community safety, natural disaster risk and financial factors. SmartAsset’s livability rankings considered walkability, crime rates, unemployment rates, population density and housing costs.
“I think that we’ve worked really hard over many years to improve the quality of life in Gilbert and to ensure that our community is safe and that our families and businesses are experiencing prosperity,” Mayor Jenn Daniels said of the rankings.
Safety, walkability and ease of life
Gilbert bills itself as a young, family-oriented and well-educated town. According to its Office of Economic Development, the median age is 33.6. Nearly half of residents over 25 have earned at least a bachelor’s degree.
Gilbert is also home to high-achieving school districts. In Alarms.org’s 2018 ranking of the best school districts in America, Gilbert Unified District placed fourth mainly because of its funding, low dropout rate and high test scores. Gilbert’s Higley Unified School District also routinely ranks high in state testing.
Daniels said Gilbert is a livable town because of its “time-proven design.” She said residents move there because they want to live in a place like Gilbert. They then expect and contribute to the high quality of life that drew them to the town initially, she said.
Daniels credited Gilbert’s high score for safety to the strong partnership between the community and the town’s public safety teams. “It’s a real reciprocal relationship and I think one that everyone benefits from,” she said.
Big employers and high incomes
Gilbert’s median household income is more than $87,000, according to 2013-2017 U.S. Census data. Get the Gilbert News Now newsletter in your inbox.
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Phoenix and Mesa, by comparison, have median household incomes of $52,000. The statewide median household income is just over $53,000, according to 2013-2017 census data.
In addition to its proximity to jobs in neighboring Valley cities, Gilbert itself hosts a number of big-name employers.
Tech company Go Daddy employs more than 1,400 in Gilbert. Dignity Health and Banner Health each provide the town nearly 1,000 jobs. Marketing company Isagenix International employs over 700.
How other Phoenix area cities rank
Columbia, Maryland, Yonkers, New York, and Plano, Texas ranked above Gilbert in WalletHub’s end-of-year list of the safest cities in America.
Eight other Arizona cities were ranked in the list of 182 safest cities:
The only other Arizona city to break into the top 20 in the livability ranking was Chandler, in 14th place.
This is not the first time Arizona cities have shone in national rankings.
In July, for example, Gilbert was named the seventh best place in America to raise a family in another WalletHub study. Scottsdale ranked ninth on that list followed by Chandler in 17th place.
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