Gilbert , AZ

Population: 230,781
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PC gaming is the go-to method here as 97.5% of Gilbert residents own a computer, and 94% have broadband internet. But for those in Gilbert who don’t own a gaming computer or who prefer to socialize with other gamers in person, gaming center Pure Esports is the place to go. It features 50 gaming stations, Fiber Internet, cutting-edge hardware and comfortable seats, so you may never want to go home. They also host an event on almost every night of the week, including high school game scrimmages, community nights and even summer camps. Meanwhile, Arizona is making a name for itself in the video game development world. There are more than 36 developers, publishers and mobile game companies in the state, according to gamedevmap.

This Phoenix suburb is also an excellent choice for families, as it has been recognized as the safest city in Arizona. Plus, it’s one of the most affordable places in the state to settle down, and has an excellent school system.