Gilbert Named One of the Top Cities in America for Conservatives to Live

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Gilbert is one of the best places in the United States for right-wingers to live, according to one analysis.

Estately, a real estate company, put together a formula to find the best cities in America for conservatives to live and ranked Gilbert (which technically is a town) ninth.

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-Big Mormon Temple in Gilbert to Be Open for Public Tours

"We looked into recent voting trends, tax rates, business-friendly grades, locals who identify as 'highly religious,' gun-friendly laws, conservative local politicians, and more." Estately says. "Then we combined them with quality-of-life indicators like crime rate, commute times, housing prices, unemployment rate, and more."

Thanks to Arizona's gun laws, Maricopa County voters voting Republican, and Gilbert having a healthy number of Mormons living there, it's certainly not a surprise that Gilbert would land on such a list.

There is one small error on Estately's part:
Reasons Liberals Avoid It: Local Congressional Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ), who has an A rating by the NRA and 100 percent on The Heritage Foundation's scorecard (highest in Arizona).
Actually, all of Gilbert falls into Republican Congressman Matt Salmon's district. Salmon has just a 98 percent rating from the Heritage Foundation, and an A+ rating from the NRA.

Gilbert's low crime rate also was cited (although that's not really a stat that's specific to conservatives), as it had the lowest crime rate of any Arizona municipality with more than 100,000 residents last year, even when you include neo-Nazi quadruple-murderer J.T. Ready's crimes that occurred in the town last year.

Gilbert also lands on the list thanks to a local real estate agent who calls himself "the conservative's real estate agent." Seriously.

No other Arizona city made the top-13 list, which is topped by Oklahoma City.

Click here to check out the info on all the cities picked as top places for conservatives to live.

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barrysoetoro847
barrysoetoro847

You left AZ/Gilbert?  Probably because not enough drugs, freeloaders, 2 moms/dads raising kids, or democrat voters.  Go back to Freakafornia or Oregone.

barrysoetoro847
barrysoetoro847

What's the top left-winger cities?  S.F.?  Maybe Detroit where a lot of people are freeloaders.

Bernice A. Moore
Bernice A. Moore

Someone better tell pastor Stewart, he doesn't have a chance.

Maggie Shaw
Maggie Shaw

Gilbert is a nice little town, the number of decent restaurants is growing. I live in San Tan Valley/Queen Creek area and this whole area is incredibly conservative and overwhelmingly Mormon. I can count several steeples within a 10 mile radius. I think Conservatives can be nice, and Mormons are frightfully nice. Sometimes I feel as if I live in a Stepford Wives movie because everyone is so freaking nice...unless of course they find out I am a freethinking liberal. :)

Maggie Shaw
Maggie Shaw

It is funny how conservatism and S&M and swinging seem to go hand in hand. LOL

Kirk Dooley
Kirk Dooley

I left AZ because it was becoming so wacky that even the John Birch society was looking like a liberal organization. The way things are going, I may have to leave the planet -- the disease is spreading.

جورج کارامانا
جورج کارامانا

It is also coincidentally, the place where all the Mormons have flocked to as well, aka, Arizona's Provo.

Steven Hester
Steven Hester

As a native I've lived all over...tempe, chandler, mesa and various parts of phoenix. Gilbert is a decent place to live. I don't give a shit if its considered conservative...I raise my kid the way I think is right. We don't do church but are respectful of the mormon cycling team when they come knocking. I do miss the creature comforts of phoenix...the sounds of gun shots and police helicopters.

Geoff Redmond
Geoff Redmond

It is also one of the highest per capita swinger cities in Arizona.

Woody Johnson
Woody Johnson

My family lives in The Gilbert and Mesa area and we are open minded folks with some liberal views and some conservative ones. Most people possess more than just view point. I have found good people in the Phoenix area as well as other place in Arizona. I don't know who does the research but so far I haven't met too many people that I couldn't talk with. Be opened minded and you will get the best out of people.

Darin Spyderdog
Darin Spyderdog

great, just what we need..... a migration of more hate filled assholes that think they can treat the entire world like crap just because they wash it away at church every sunday.... were full....go elsewhere please

eerickson7
eerickson7

My wife, son, and I live in Gilbert. We've been here since 1998. Bought a new home for a low price after migrating from the SF Bay Area. I am definitely left-of-center politically as is the rest of the family. We live in a very quiet street. Don't have to worry much about burglaries, robberies, car theft, and etc. We still have three dogs who bark and scare away strangers. This Halloween, not one trick or treat kid showed up. All the shopping we want is no further than a mile away. The rest of this place is awfully dull and void of multicultural activity. But it is peaceful.

Alexa Gibson
Alexa Gibson

Never thought I would say this, but I love living in Gilbert!

Steve Palermo
Steve Palermo

Well, you guys have convinced me. Im moving my family to the liberal utopia of Tempe. High crime, bad schools and trashed out neighborhoods. I rather like looking at a neighbor's old Camero on cinder blocks with black widow webs everywhere. Gives a neighborhood character and soul.

Michael Lawson
Michael Lawson

When one drives through Gilbert it's pretty much soul-less, so this makes sense.

Steve Palermo
Steve Palermo

Really? You're comparing Gilbert to nazi Germany?

Vince Rafferty
Vince Rafferty

Phoenix new times ranked highest lefty rag in the valley

Lisa Kaiser
Lisa Kaiser

Nazi Germany: low crime, good schools, clean neighborhoods. the point being is that's not about low crime etc--its about how those things come to be, what's behind them. AZ conservatives are not good for the state, not good for children, not good for women, not good for the poor, etc.

Lisa Kaiser
Lisa Kaiser

Not surprised. My former boss--very conservative. Lives in Gilbert.

Steve Palermo
Steve Palermo

Low crime. Good schools. Clean neighborhoods. Doesn't seem so bad in Gilbert.

timdlittle
timdlittle

@barrysoetoro847  Im in Gilbert, Own my home..Vote against the tea tards here every chance I get. The salesperson who pushed it as a conservative haven forgot about the influence of educated people. (and  there is more weed in Gilbert then you can shake a bible at). Welcome to the 21st century.

barrysoetoro847
barrysoetoro847

@Bill McNichols - why, not enough pot head freeloaders?

skedoozy
skedoozy

@Steve McGrath and they can see their temple from nearly any place in Gilbert now. Rejoice! :/


barrysoetoro847
barrysoetoro847

@Maggie Shaw - liberals are the most miserable people I know.  You'd be happy in Oregon with all the hippies

barrysoetoro847
barrysoetoro847

@Kirk Dooley - go back to California or Oregon with the rest of the hippies.

barrysoetoro847
barrysoetoro847

@Shannon WarEagle - why?  Are you libs that violent?

eerickson7
eerickson7

@Michael Lawson Yeah. There's no soul here in Gilbert. It is all white bread.

ReggieVV
ReggieVV

Thank god. Keep reading the Koch Brothers Republic.

barrysoetoro847
barrysoetoro847

@Lisa Kaiser - and you left winger hippies killed 330k babies last year.  Were you raised by 2 moms or 2 dads, BTW lib?

barrysoetoro847
barrysoetoro847

@Observant @barrysoetoro847 - so you're calling me names because I stated facts?  Go to liberal San Fransicko, plenty of drugs, freeloaders, hippies and 2 moms/dads, unlike Gilbert.

barrysoetoro847
barrysoetoro847

@timdlittle @barrysoetoro847 - So you vote against the TEA party because they want the gov't to live in it's means and stay out of our lives?  Noted.  Educated, you mean indoctrinated by your America hating lib college professor.  You OWS/Flea party freeloaders don't have a clue.  Gilbert is a nice place, absent of hippies/libs.  That's a good thing.  So conservatives do weed and not liberals, yeah right.  Just make up sh1t.

timdlittle
timdlittle

@barrysoetoro847 Trolling. The sign of little self worth, I truly pity you who ever you really are. someone loves you Im sure.

timdlittle
timdlittle

@barrysoetoro847 you have no idea who or what the heck you are talking about. My credentials and resume are more American then you could ever hope for. I was Educated by the US Army and as far as college goes. Your negative attitude against education is why we have become a nation of Money handlers, Realtor jobs and service work. Sorry buddy. Seen to many parts of this world to fall for some small town troll. Things are not going y'alls way nationally and they will continue not too. No more living under the fog of imaginary threats dreamed up by paid tea party shills. There is a middle ground in this Country and real leaders in the GOP like Senator Flake are going to put you tea terrorists to bed for the sedation prone lot you are.

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