Sunny little Gilbert, AZ – our humble abode – has been ranked by Money Magazine as the 36th best place to live in the U.S.
Using some undisclosed formula that appears to take into consideration factors like housing, income, crime, growth, schools and “quality of life”, Gilbert returns to the Top 100 list after missing the cut in 2009 and being ranked #28 in 2008.
I wish I knew exactly how they chose to rank the cities, but it appears to be a bigger secret than the formula for Coca-Cola or the Colonel’s 11 herbs and spices. The number 1 ranked city, Eden Prairie, MN, has an average January low temperature of 3.7 degrees. Yikes! Best place to live? Then again, our average July high temp is 105.1 – equally oppressive in the opposite direction.
Scottsdale, at number 71 was the only other Arizona community to make the list.
No Arizona city was listed in 2009.
In 2008, four Arizona municipalities were ranked: Gilbert (28), Chandler (30), Scottsdale (47) and Peoria (55). (AZCentral)
Curious to see if your town made the list? Here is the full list.
Here’s a slide show of a few pictures I’ve taken in downtown Gilbert…