Chandler, AZ - Community Information
A great place to Live, Work, and Play
A Little History
In 1891, Dr. Alexander John Chandler, the first veterinary surgeon for the territory of Arizona, bought 80 acres of land from the federal government south of Mesa in the Salt River Valley. Dr. Chandler studied the relatively new science of irrigation engineering and was instrumental in building an early system of canals in what was then an arid desert.
By the turn of the century, Dr. Chandler owned an 18,000 acre ranch. The charter of the Salt River Project provided that each landowner could obtain enough water to irrigate only 160 acres. Dr. Chandler sought the help of planners and architects in subdividing his ranch and drawing up a town site map. He then advertised nationally the sale of Chandler Ranch sites.
On May 17, 1912, Dr. Chandler opened the town site office. Excursion trains on the newly completed Arizona Eastern Railroad brought 300 speculators who spent $50,000 for land that day.
Chandler, Arizona Today
Chandler is a vibrant, diverse community. The City’s population is 242,684 with 97,179 housing units, according to the City as of December 2013. Chandler is approximately 70 square miles. The average household income in Chandler is $81,567. Approximately 73.3% of adult residents have some post-high school education and 38.6% hold a bachelor’s degree or graduate degree. If you would like more information about a particular neighborhood, click here to request a custom report.
Living in Chandler
Welcome to the City of Chandler, Arizona – a progressive, cutting-edge City where entrepreneurial spirit and hometown traditions create a truly dynamic destination. Chandler delivers exceptional amenities and diverse cultural facilities amid a world-class innovation hub. Explore our site and see what Chandler has in store for you! Explore the City Website or download their Newcomers Guide.
Working in Chandler
The largest employer in the City of Chandler is the technology company Intel which employs about 11,900 (As of August 2013. They anticipating adding 2,000 employees by year-end.)
Playing in Chandler
Daily Play - Chandler offers its residents a diverse place for "Play" time.
Chandler Center for the Arts is Arizona's leading collaborative arts institution dedicated to reaching out to audiences of all ages with the highest quality of artistic work to continuously inspire audiences and artists to dream, to discover, to create and celebrate. Events Calendar
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Special City Events: Make Chandler your home base for local culture, food, arts and music. You'll find fun in the sun with Chandler's unique special events. Events you'll find only in Chandler are the annual Ostrich Festival, the Tumbleweed Tree Lighting Ceremony for the holidays, the Chandler Indian Market, and the Chihuahua Races held for Cinco de Mayo. Here more events you can enjoy to make your Chandler vacation special.