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Gilbert, Arizona, is technically classified as a town, but it’s the most populous town in the country with more than 200,000 people. Much of its population has moved to Gilbert within the last 30 years—in 1980, the town had less than 6,000 residents. This high growth rate has much to do with the town’s economy, which has transformed from mostly agriculture to more diverse offerings. Today, education, healthcare, and technology make up the city’s largest employers.
While a Gilbert gay couple did feel like they were victims of a hate crime in 2012, the situation was met with extreme concern by local government officials and police. Most find that Gilbert is a fairly safe place to live and raise a family. It has no defined gay neighborhood, but many LGBT people live throughout the town. People looking to move to Gilbert will find condos priced between $125,000 and $220,000. Single family homes can sell from $90,000 to $3 million.