Gilbert has more than good planning and nice restaurants. It benefits from the return of the Valley’s population growth, but also stronger-than-average workforce demographics.

Its population has grown from 5,700 in 1980 to more than 237,100 in 2016, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That population is highly educated, with more than 41 percent of Gilbert residents having earned college degrees versus 30 percent in Maricopa County and 27 percent statewide.

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