These are the top 10 largest employers in Gilbert as of June 2017.
Gilbert is the most prosperous city of its size in the U.S., with 99.9 percent of its population living in prosperous ZIP codes, according to a report from the Economic Innovation Group.
“We are ambitious, we have a vision for what we want in our community and I think we have the vitality and the pieces of the puzzle all in place now,” Gilbert Mayor Jenn Daniels said.
The bipartisan public policy group crunched the data to gauge the vitality of American communities.
Chandler is number four on the list of most prosperous with 64.9 percent living in a prosperous ZIP code and Scottsdale is tenth with 60.9 percent.
What’s factored in
The group creates its Distressed Community Index by calculating a distress score. Seven factors are examined:
- high school diploma attainment.
- change in employment.
- poverty rate.
- percentage of unoccupied houses.
- median income as a percentage of the state’s median income.
- change in percentage of business establishments.
- percentage of adults not working.
A score over 80 signals distress while a score below 20 is considered prosperous.
“It’s not just one data set, it’s multiple data sets combined so you get a real comprehensive look at what Gilbert’s up to,” Daniels said.
Gilbert beat out San Francisco, Seattle and Austin, with a distress score of 2.7. That score is nearly half the score of the second most prosperous city, Plano, Texas with a score of 5.1. Chandler’s distress score is 10.6 and Scottsdale’s is 25.2.
Around the state
Large counties vary in the index: 17.7 percent of Maricopa County residents live in distressed ZIP codes, compared to 49.3 percent in similarly-sized Philadelphia County in Pennsylvania.
The good news for Gilbert doesn’t mean other parts of the state are not experiencing distress.
Out of the 100 largest cities in the U.S., Tucson is the tenth-most distressed with 58.6 percent of the population living in a distressed ZIP code. Statewide, 24.2 percent of residents live in a distressed ZIP code, the data shows, compared with Texas’ at 22.7 percent and California at 11.7 percent.
The report shows:
- Five counties in Arizona are considered distressed: Apache, Navajo, Graham, Cochise and La Paz. The report notes that on a county-level, disparities in prosperity between urban and rural areas are most apparent.
- Arizona’s fifth congressional district, which includes Gilbert, Queen Creek and portions of Mesa and Chandler is the eighth-most prosperous congressional district. Andy Biggs represents that district.
- The state’s seventh congressional district, represented by Ruben Gallego, is the seventh most distressed congressional district in the U.S., with 1.4 percent of residents living in a prosperous ZIP code.
- Nationwide, minorities comprise more than half the population of America’s distressed communities and about a quarter of the population in prosperous ones.
The study’s authors write, “The further we go down the path of geographically exclusive growth, the more we limit our nation’s economic potential as a whole— and the more fractured our society risks becoming in the process.”
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