The Phoenix metro area offers almost year-round sunshine ideal for golfing, hiking and biking. The famous Salt River, Saguaro Lake and Canyon Lake are just a short drive, while major professional sports teams, the Arizona Cardinals, Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Coyotes call Greater Phoenix home.
EAST VALLEY CLIMATE
The East Valley lies within a desert climate with July being the hottest month with an average high temperature of 106. December and January are the coldest months with an average winter high temperature of 67. The area receives a little more than seven inches of rainfall annually. Located in the rapid growing East Valley of Greater Phoenix, the region is surrounded by mountains and deserts.
EAST VALLEY EDUCATION
A large number of K-12 students are served by Gilbert Public Schools, Chandler Unified School District, Mesa Public Schools and the Higley Unified School District. In addition, within the East Valley there are a total of 14 school districts, 125 charter schools and a regional career-focused district, East Valley Institute of Technology.
The East Valley area also boasts five community colleges and several medical colleges. Arizona State University serves the East Valley with two campuses, the main campus in Tempe and a Polytechnic campus adjacent to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.
EAST VALLEY EMPLOYMENT
The East Valley economy is driven by aerospace, education, healthcare, tourism and technology. Some of the major employers include, Banner Health, Boeing, General Dynamics, GM Innovation Center, GoDaddy, Honeywell, Intel, Microchip, PayPal and State Farm.
EAST VALLEY HISTORY
Much of the East Valley was settled in the late 1800’s by Mormon Pioneers. The first pioneers settled the Mesa area in 1877 and cooperated with the Pima and Maricopa Native Americans living in the area to cultivate and farm the rich soil next to the Salt River in what became the “Lehi” area of northern Mesa. The name “Mesa” came from the second group of pioneers that arrived in 1878 and settled up on higher ground, on the mesa.
Gilbert began as a farming community fueled by rail service and became known as the, “Alfalfa Hay Shipping Capital of the World”. William “Bobby” Gilbert provided the initial land for what would become the incorporated town of Gilbert that remained largely agricultural until the late 1920s. Gilbert is now the most populous incorporated town in the United States with nearly 230,000 residents and is known as one of the most family-friendly towns in America.
EAST VALLEY GROWTH
A steady increase in population has led to economic growth and made the East Valley one of the most popular destinations in Greater Phoenix. The East Valley economy has been driven by steady population growth within the region which is now home to more than 1.4 million residents. By 2020, the East Valley population is expected to exceed 1.5 million.
EAST VALLEY RECREATION
The East Valley is home to a wealth of attractions including the Chicago Cubs Spring Training Park, Mesa Arts Center and CAF Arizona Wing Aviation Museum to name a few. The outdoors in Gilbert offers ample venues as well with five, 18-hole courses in addition to a TopGolf facility. Freestone Park and Discovery Park provides sports facilities, athletic fields, playgrounds and more. Public pools and bicycle trails also provide outdoor entertainment for residents and visitors to the East Valley.
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