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Retire in Gilbert, Arizona?
Overview: Gilbert is a suburb of Phoenix and has been growing rapidly, booming by 750% within the last two decades. It lands on a lot of "best places to live" lists, primarily for its solid high tech and renewable energy economic base, bike friendliness, good schools and low crime rate.
Residents are generally educated and conservative, and the city is clean with a newish, prosperous feeling about it. Neighborhoods are tidy with new homes and palm trees. Power Ranch is a 55+ enclave with attractive single family residences. Shopping choices are very good and include open-air San Tan Village, which has national retailers (Apple, Disney, etc.) and restaurants. The public library is state-of-the-art. The historic Heritage District has unique shopping and restaurants. A theater and a performing arts center provide a bit of culture. Parks and 135 miles of trails, including walking paths and equestrian paths, help "green" the city. A particular highlight is the Riparian Preserve, a 200-acre bird sanctuary that has garnered national recognition.
Population: 250,000 (city proper)
Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 30%
Cost of Living: 14% above the national average
Median Home Price: $280,000
Climate: This area has very hot summers and mild winters. Summer temperatures are in the 90s and low-100s. Winter temperatures are in the 60s and 70s. On average, Gilbert receives about 10 inches of rain per year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? Yes (Mercy Gilbert Medical Center)
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? Yes (Mercy Gilbert Medical Center)
Public Transit: Yes, as well as a dial-a-ride, curb to curb service.
Crime Rate: Well below the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Conservative
Is Arizona Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: It is Arizona, so scorpions and insects are a constant presence. The air quality is well below the national average.
Notes: Gilbert's Cosmo Dog Park is award-winning.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes, although it may not be a great spot for people with respiratory issues.
The Grand Canyon State was originally part of New Mexico. After the land was ceded to the U.S. in 1848, it became a separate territory. It did not enter the union until February 14, 1912. Copper was discovered in the area in 1848, and metals mining continues to be an important part of the economy. Cattle and tourism are two of the states other vital industries.
Although Arizona can be one of the hottest states in the union, air conditioning continues to bring more and more people to the urban areas. The Colorado Plateau spreads through Arizona from the north and is interspersed with remnants of the Rocky Mountains. The land flattens into desert near Phoenix. The Colorado River forms the state's western borders and snakes through the Grand Canyon.
Arizona is stubborn when it comes to time. It observes Mountain Standard Time on a year round basis.
Population - 6,931,030
Persons 65 years old and over - 17%
High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 86%
Bachelor's degree or higher, persons age 25+ - 27%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 31%
White persons, not Hispanic - 58%
Median household income - $50,225
Median home value - $167,500
Social Security taxed? No
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
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