Gilbert's population estimates up again in latest American Community Survey 5-year data

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Gilbert's population continues to grow, according to the latest American Community Survey five-year profile. (Courtesy Town of Gilbert)

Gilbert's population continues to grow, according to the latest American Community Survey five-year profile. (Courtesy Town of Gilbert)

The town of Gilbert grew 6.43% in the five years from 2014-18, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released Dec. 19 in the 2018 American Community Survey 5-year profile.

That estimate brings the town’s 2018 population to 237,484, according to the survey. In other 2018 population breakdowns from the survey:

Women make up 51.4% of the town’s population compared with 48.6% for men, greater than the division for the state as a whole, where women make up 50.3% of Arizona’s population.

The town’s median age continues to trend upward, reaching 33.9 years for 2018, as compared with 32.6 years in the 2014. However, that remains below the state median age of 37.4 years.

Correspondingly, Gilbert’s senior population has grown from 16,118 to 21,498 from 2014-18.

Children under age 18 account for 72,781 people in the town's population.

Gilbert has grown slightly more diverse in the past five years as whites declined as a percentage of the population by about 1.1% to 82.79%. People identifying themselves as biracial or multiracial grew about a half-percent as a part of the whole, as did those categorizing themselves as “other race.” The black population grew about 0.3% to 3.63%.
The Hispanic or Latino population was 40,203. That makes up 16.9% of the whole population, up about 1.3% from 2014, according to the data.
By Tom Blodgett
Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent 30 years in journalism in Arizona and is the editor of the Gilbert edition of Community Impact Newspaper. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he now serves as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.


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