According to CQ Press, an independent publisher, Gilbert is among the safest cities in the United States, 24th among cities with over 75,000. For municipalities in Arizona, Gilbert ranks as the safest community. The analysis used crime and population data as reported to the FBI by local law enforcement agencies for 2008.
This is great news for lovers of Gilbert waterfront homes, lake communities, water ski lake homes and wakeboard aficionados that are looking at homes or property in such subdivisions as The Islands, Val Vista Lakes, Playa del Rey Estates, Crystal Point, Santan Lakeside Estates, Stonebridge Lakes, Wind Drift and Lago Estancia.
A Safe And Great Place For A Family
The report confirms other surveys, such as the one from Business Week in November 2008, that Gilbert is great place to raise children .
Here are some reasons why Gilbert ranks high with those who choose to make it their home. Gilbert has some awesome parks. You have to start off with Freestone Park, the largest city park in Gilbert. (Make sure you click through on the links!) And if you live in west Gilbert, 40 acre McQueen Park is close by. A “must visit” is the Riparian Preserve which has gained national attention and includes a catch and release fishing lake. Your canine companion will love you to death when you visit Gilbert’s Cosmo Dog Park. While not a park, you may be surprised to learn that Gilbert has an ice skating rink at Polar Ice. And baseball fanatics will enjoy Big League Dreams.
While Gilbert is not the center of night life and entertainment, one of my favorites is the Hale Centre Theatre in historic downtown Gilbert. A recent addition to the commerical sector is the opening of Santan Village, an outdoor shopping mall. Don’t ask me what it’s like in the summer. I try and stay away from malls any time of the year. It is very accessible with the newer 202 freeway. That’s a dangerous combination, a highly accessible new retail center!
Right next to the Riparian Preserve is the Southeast Regional Library. It has some of the best views in the valley, sitting in the library reading with a view of the fishing lake just outside the window.
For those looking for a safe and family friendly community in the Phoenix area, it would be wise to put Gilbert on your list of places to check out.