The Oasis in the Silicon Desert!

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.

On May 17, 1912, Dr. Chandler opened the townsite office. The town then consisted of three wooden shacks — the townsite office, a dining hall and the Morrison Grocery.

The grand opening of the Hotel San Marcos took place on November 22, 1913. The hotel was an immediate success with wealthy visitors coming from all over the country every winter.

By 1920, Chandler had more than 1,000 residents. Arthur Price, the local Justice of the Peace, drafted the town’s first charter, and in May of 1920, the citizens voted to incorporate and become the Town of Chandler. Dr. Chandler agreed to serve as the first mayor until one could be elected.

During World War II, Chandler’s population doubled and reached 3,800 by 1950 — the year Dr. Chandler passed away. On May 24, 1954, the status of Chandler was upgraded from town to City.

In recent years, Chandler’s borders have been expanded and the population has boomed — from 30,000 in 1980 to more than 240,000 today. The economic base of Chandler has been diversified. While agriculture is still somewhat of a vital element, Chandler now enjoys a strong manufacturing and electronics sector.

The downtown storefronts have been restored to a modern version of their original turn-of-the-century look, and the plaza has been redesigned and named after the City’s founder. The Center for the Arts, new parks, restaurants and retail centers mark an exciting future for the City.

Family festivals such as the Ostrich Festival, and a host of other annual events, make Chandler a popular draw for travelers from all across the country.

And the citizens of Chandler enjoy a quality of life unsurpassed in the Valley today. It certainly appears that Dr. Chandler knew what he was doing the day he dreamed of this jewel in the desert.

Amazing Demographics, Education and Income Levels

From its founding, Chandler has been a community built on entrepreneurial spirit, innovation and hometown traditions.  

The reason why Chandler is an exciting place to live and work is evident with the addition of nearly 100,000 young, educated, and affluent citizens in the last 10 years, a proven workforce, a mixture of diversified industries and quality retail establishments.

Chandler boasts a strong, high tech employment base that attracts and retains high-quality employees, many of whom make our community their home.

Demographics Overview:

July 1, 2017 Population – 253,098
July 1, 2017 Housing Units – 103,592

Average Household Income: $83,296

Median Home Price:
New Home – $267,550
Resale Home – $188,575
Median Age: 31.7

Source: City of Chandler Long Range Planning Division

A well-educated workforce now and in the making 

In addition to being young and affluent, Chandler residents are well-educated, with nearly 75 percent having some college education. Parents trust Chandler schools to provide students with the knowledge and skills to become lifelong learners and responsible citizens. Five public school districts provide service to our residents, with Chandler Unified School District and Kyrene School District serving the majority of the City. These schools, along with a number of private and charter schools, are among Arizona’s highest rated with standardized test scores well above state and national averages. The high-tech industries within Chandler attract and retain these well-educated residents.

Source: ESRI Business Analyst 2017

Chandler Unified School District
Chandler Unified School District (CUSD) serves more than 41,000 students in grades K-12 and consists of 29 elementary schools, seven junior highs, five high schools and three alternative schools. Academic success is a high priority in the district as evidenced by students consistently scoring among the top in the state on college-entrance exams. Because of the outstanding educational programs offered, almost all of the district schools have been cited for excellence by outside organizations, such as the Arizona Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Education.

Additional CUSD accolades and achievements include:

  • Being named the number one public K-12 district in Arizona two years in a row by
  • The 2016 graduating class earning more than $118 million in scholarship offers
  • Chandler Unified schools being named Arizona A+ Schools of Excellence or U.S. Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence 73 times since 1983, the most of any district in Arizona
  • Continued domination of the Arizona Science and Engineering Fair (AzSEF). In 2016, Chandler Unified schools won Best of Fair for both Elementary and Senior High divisions. Ten out of the 15 Grand Award-winning students from Arizona to proceed to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) hailed from CUSD. Of the 10 projects sent, CUSD students brought home more than a dozen awards from ISEF including two Grand Awards.

Kyrene School District
Kyrene Elementary School District is an “A” rated district comprised of 25 schools serving students in grades K-8. The District’s boundaries encompass all of Ahwatukee and parts of Chandler, Guadalupe, Tempe and the Gila River Indian Community. In Chandler, Kyrene operates five elementary schools and two junior highs. Three of the elementary schools and both junior highs have been named Arizona A+ Schools of Excellence by the Arizona Educational Foundation.

Kyrene schools offer an innovative learning environment with technology enhanced curriculum. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) subjects are an integral part of daily lesson plans and also are incorporated into after school programs. One of Kyrene’s Chandler elementary schools is even home to a “DISCOVERoom,” an interactive STEM activity room offered as an alternative to recess on the playground and as a resource for teaching science. Excellence in STEM education also can be seen at the junior high level. In 2015, a team from one of Kyrene’s Chandler junior highs won Best in Nation in the Verizon Innovative Learning app challenge, a nationwide contest to develop concepts for mobile apps that solve real world problems.

Higher Education
Nearby Colleges and Universities Supply Young, Talented Graduates

Greater Phoenix is home to a myriad of top-notch colleges, universities and specialized institutions committed to providing a trained workforce to support 21st century jobs, including:

  • Arizona State University, the largest public university by enrollment in the United States. ASU has more than 91,000 students across five Greater Phoenix campuses, four regional learning centers throughout Arizona and its ASU Online programs. In Downtown Chandler, ASU has established its Chandler Innovation Center where it hosts workshops, events, and provides engineering and technology-based education.


  • The University of Arizona, which has a total enrollment of more than 43,000 students. UA’s main campus is in Tucson but the university has an expanding presence in Greater Phoenix, which includes its UA College of Medicine-Phoenix campus and Eller MBA programs in downtown Phoenix, and its Master of Education Program in Downtown Chandler.


  • Maricopa Community Colleges, one of the nation’s largest community college districts, serving more than 265,000 students annually. The countywide district has 10 colleges including Chandler-Gilbert Community College in Chandler.

Source: University of Arizona, Arizona State University

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