Town of Gilbert
City of Chandler
City of Tempe
City of Mesa
The Town of Gilbert, located in the southeast part of the metro area, is the fastest growing city in Arizona and from 2002 to 2003, Gilbert was the fastest growing city in the United States with a population larger than 100,000. Gilbert is a relatively new community that has seen tremendous growth during the past two decades. The Town has grown from about just over 29,000 residents in 1990 to over 186,000 in 2006, representing a 541.4 percent increase in just sixteen years, according to the U.S. Census Bureau and the Maricopa Association of Governments. In 2005, the eleventh annual town survey revealed that 96 percent of Gilbert residents continue to be satisfied with their town. Gilbert offers residents a high quality of life, excellent schools, affordable housing, and one of the lowest crime rates in the nation. In addition, the Town is continuing to build its economic base with high tech and other types of manufacturing. The Town of Gilbert is a relatively young community with a median age of only 31.3 years, compared to the County median of 33.4 years. About 60 percent of the population is in the prime work force age range of 18 to 59 years old. The median household income in Gilbert is the highest among the major cities in the metro area at $76,171. The average household contains 3.26 people. Residents are also well educated with about 39.5 percent having completed a bachelorís or graduate degree.
The City of Chandler is a dynamic and growing community located in the southeast
region of the metro area. It has become a hub for high technology industries in
Greater Phoenix. The City has grown from about 90,000 residents in 1990 to 220,705
in 2004, representing a 145.2 percent increase in fourteen years, according to
the Maricopa Association of Governments. Chandler was the fourth fastest growing
city over 100,000 people in the nation from 2000-2003, as detailed by the U.S.
Census Bureau. Equally impressive industrial developments, as well as many retail
expansions, have accompanied this population growth. Chandler offers residents
and businesses a highly skilled work force, pro-business atmosphere and high
quality of life. The City of Chandler has a relatively young population with a
median age of 31.2 years. About 62 percent of the population is in the prime
work force age range of 18 to 59 years old. The average household contains 2.82
people and has a median household income of $58,416. Residents are well educated
with about 73 percent having some college education, contributing to the highly
skilled local labor force.
City of Tempe
The City of Tempe is the home of Arizona State University (ASU), which is one
of the top five largest universities in the nation. The City has grown from
just over 141,900 residents in 1990 to 160,820 in 2004, representing a 13.3
percent increase in fourteen years, according to the Maricopa Association of
Governments. Tempe has a reputation for being a progressive and forwardthinking
city and is committed to the attraction and retention of quality development.
The City of Tempe has unique demographic characteristics with the influence
of the University, which brings in many new people from other areas. With a
median age of 28.8 years, the population is significantly younger than the
County average. About 70 percent of the population is in the prime work force
age range of 18 to 59 years old. The median household income is $42,361, and
the average household contains 2.41 people. Tempe residents are also have a
higher than average level of educational attainment as a result of the
influence of the university. Almost 40 percent of the adult population has a
bachelorís or graduate degree, and an additional 32.5 percent have an
associateís degree or some college education.
City of Mesa
Mesa, AZ (pop. 456,471) offers a quality urban experience
supported by a diversified economic base, educational
institutions of excellence, professional local government,
sophisticated infrastructure and a superior workforce. A
rapid-growth community, Mesa recently surpassed Miami, Fl;
Minneapolis, MN; Pittsburgh, PA; St. Louis, MO; and Wichita, KS
to become the 42nd largest city in the nation. With a median
age of 32.6 years, the population is comparable to that of the
County average. About 57 percent of the population is in the
prime work force age range of 18 to 59 years old, and the
median household income is approximately $49,214. Mesa
residents are well educated with about 60 percent having some
college experience, and of that, 22 percent having completed
bachelor's or graduate degrees, according to the Census.
Source: Greater Phoenix Fact Book, Greater Phoenix
Economic Council, www.gpec.org, September 9, 2005.