Location of the city of Gilbert
within Saint Louis County, Minnesota
|• Mayor||Donald Bellerud|
|• Total||12.69 sq mi (32.87 km2)|
|• Land||11.86 sq mi (30.72 km2)|
|• Water||0.83 sq mi (2.15 km2)|
|Elevation||1,532 ft (467 m)|
|• Estimate (2013)||1,801|
|• Density||151.7/sq mi (58.6/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0661356|
|Website||City of Gilbert|
Gilbert gets its name from E. J. Gilbert, who led the exploration of the McKinley mine property in the 1890s.
Gilbert is also the location of Lake Ore-be-gone, a former mining pit now used for fishing. It used to be for swimming until recently when the water levels dropped around 10 ft., making it unsafe to swim in. The town of Gilbert was actually moved for the pit.
As of the census of 2010, there were 1,799 people, 835 households, and 486 families residing in the city. The population density was 151.7 inhabitants per square mile (58.6/km2). There were 937 housing units at an average density of 79.0 per square mile (30.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.8% White, 0.2% African American, 1.0% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.2% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.8% of the population.
There were 835 households of which 25.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.8% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 41.8% were non-families. 38.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 17% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.15 and the average family size was 2.82.
The median age in the city was 44.7 years. 21.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.8% were from 25 to 44; 31.8% were from 45 to 64; and 17.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.6% male and 51.4% female.
As of the 2000 census, there were 1,847 people, 842 households, and 495 families residing in the city. The population density was 156.7 people per square mile (60.5/km²). There were 900 housing units at an average density of 76.3 per square mile (29.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.21% White, 0.22% African American, 0.49% Native American, 0.27% Asian, and 0.81% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.38% of the population. 18.9% were of Finnish, 13.9% Slovene, 13.8% German, 8.0% Norwegian, 7.3% Italian and 5.8% Swedish ancestry.
There were 842 households out of which 24.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.2% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.2% were non-families. 37.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.88.
In the city the population was spread out with 21.1% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 25.6% from 25 to 44, 23.8% from 45 to 64, and 21.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 97.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.4 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $35,859, and the median income for a family was $44,931. Males had a median income of $40,625 versus $19,333 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,407. About 9.0% of families and 13.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.3% of those under age 18 and 12.1% of those age 65 or over.
- The town was once known as the red light district of the Iron Range, and planned a 'Whorehouse Days' festival for two days in July 2005. However, this festival was cancelled due to objections by the city council.
- Gilbert is the birthplace of Bernie Kukar, a National Football League referee from 1984 to 2005. 
- "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-13.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-13.
- "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014-07-23.
- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File". American FactFinder. U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census. Retrieved 23 April 2011.
- Minnesota DNR website - Iron Range OHV Recreation Area at Gilbert
- United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved July 23, 2014.