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While Scottsdale may appeal to the “urban cowboy,” Gilbert preserves the true essence of the grassroots farming and ranching communities of the past. Between 1980 and 1990, the municipality claimed Arizona’s growth record for that decade by quintupling its population. Within recent years, hundreds of employers have relocated their businesses to this booming community, adding thousands of jobs to the diverse economic base.

Equestrians will appreciate the attractive horse properties or the mini-ranches that are available in a town that annually hosts one of the largest rodeos in the entire nation. The cooperative effort between the city planners and members of the local business community guarantees Gilbert’s place as one of the outstanding business and living environments in the entire Southwest.

Athletic fields, tennis courses, golf courses, and bridle trails are scattered throughout the area; while Freestone Park provides 65 acres of bicycle and jogging paths, playgrounds, picnic areas, and lighted softball fields. Area residents can attend horse shows, pursue adult education courses, or cast a fishing line in Freestone’s stocked lakes. They can also hike, bicycle, and horseback ride along miles of well-maintained local trails. With its reputation for outstanding services and efficient local government, Gilbert will be reinforcing its reputation as a “Community of Excellence” for decades as the new millennium continues to unfold.

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