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Old 09-19-2011, 07:17 AM
 
Location: Tucson/Scottsdale, AZ
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keep in mind that, since WW2 and currently, many towns/cities see big population growth simply because they annex already-existing adjacent subdivisions with people already in them....

of course, new people are arriving, also...but some of the population growth you see each decade includes people who were here already, but just living in the county
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Old 09-19-2011, 07:36 AM
 
Location: The desert southwest
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Currently, Gilbert is the seventh largest municipality in Arizona, behind Scottsdale but ahead of Tempe. However, as we should know, Gilbert has been growing at a much faster rate than Scottsdale.

So, when do you expect that Gilbert will surpass Scottsdale in population?
Tempe is landlocked and its growth is stunted. Gilbert is a nice place and so is Scottsdale. I think Scottsdale might be larger in terms of land area, but there is still lots of room for Gilbert to grow. Let's just hope for "healthy" growth for both cities. (jobs, affordable homes, good schools, etc.)
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Old 09-19-2011, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Willo Historic District, Phoenix, AZ
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Gilbert is in reality a City,
because a city is incorporated and is a legal government entity with powers delegated by the state, and created by the voters. It provides government services to the citizens.

A Town is usually a small unincorporated community with no governmental powers, and the counties would usually provide the services to the Town.
Actually there appears to be a distinction between city and town in Arizona. if you look at The League of Arizona Cities and Towns (http://www.azleague.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=about.cities - broken link) you will see that Arizona has both. In fact, it is the "Town of Gilbert" per that list. Other towns in the metro area include Fountain Hills, Cave Creek, Paradise Valley, Carefree, Buckeye, Queen Creek and Guadalupe. I was wondering what that distinction is, unless it is just a naming thing.
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Old 09-19-2011, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Gilbert - Val Vista Lakes
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Actually there appears to be a distinction between city and town in Arizona. if you look at The League of Arizona Cities and Towns (http://www.azleague.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=about.cities - broken link) you will see that Arizona has both. In fact, it is the "Town of Gilbert" per that list. Other towns in the metro area include Fountain Hills, Cave Creek, Paradise Valley, Carefree, Buckeye, Queen Creek and Guadalupe. I was wondering what that distinction is, unless it is just a naming thing.
The distinction, as I understand it, is in whether the community has a governing body and provides city services. If it does it's a City. If not, it's a Town. That's why I say in reality, Gilbert is legally a City.

With Gilbert it's a naming thing. Gilbert prefers to be named as the Town of Gilbert as opposed to the City of Gilbert, even though they are legally a City.
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Old 09-19-2011, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Sonoran Desert
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From Wiki, the source of all truth and knowledge:

Town - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

It's all BS. A town is better than a city for marketing/image. But, a towne is best.

To my mind, when you have 200,000 people you are not a town(e).
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Old 09-19-2011, 12:37 PM
 
Location: the AZ desert
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One town that has especially grown was Queen Creek. In 2000, Queen Creek's population was 4316, and as of 2010 it is now 26,361.

We actually considered Queen Creek due to the lower housing prices there, however, our realtor told us that there is a severe traffic problem in the area. I'm not surprised considering the population growth from 2000 to 2010.
Not to distract from the topic of this thread, but to set the record straight, I believe your realtor provided you with misinformation.

Please feel free to start another thread, if you wish to discuss this further.
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Old 09-19-2011, 02:19 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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Why the rush for Gilbert to get bigger than Scottsdale? How would this be a good thing?
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Old 09-19-2011, 02:35 PM
 
Location: Gilbert, AZ
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Not to distract from the topic of this thread, but to set the record straight, I believe your realtor provided you with misinformation.

Please feel free to start another thread, if you wish to discuss this further.
All covered here:
Poll - Chandler, Gilbert, or Queen Creek?
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Old 09-19-2011, 03:12 PM
 
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Please take this side topic to another thread. Thanks!
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Old 09-19-2011, 10:53 PM
 
Location: Gilbert, AZ
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Of course, if anyone knows, Higley used to be an unincorporated area of Maricopa County. Most of it has been annexed by Gilbert, with some parts annexed by Mesa and Queen Creek. This is likely one reason for Gilbert's growth in population.

Higley's zip code was 85236 until the USPS abolished it in 2007. All what remains of Higley is the Higley Unified School District, which surprisingly, has grown rapidly the past 11 years despite Higley no longer existing as its own entity.
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