1. Chandlerites Know How To Play Hard
Your kids (and kids-at-heart) will never be bored in Chandler. Because the city has made such an effort to make play and physical activity a public priority, the Humana Foundation’s KaBOOM! faction has named Chandler one of the nation’s most playful cities for seven years running. So let your hair down and feel free to goof off—in Chandler, having fun is serious business.
2. And They Can Cook Like It’s 1899
Another Tumbleweed Park favorite, the Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook Off puts wagon against wagon—literally—as cooks use historical cooking methods to fire up the best meals fit for the trail. A true carnivore and bean-lover’s delight
3. You Want Culture? Chandler’s Got Culture.
In addition to the public art on display all over the city, especially in the myriad local parks and downtown, the Chandler Center for the Arts boasts the Vision Art Gallery as well as a 1500-seat performing arts theater which plays host regularly to local ballets. It is also home to the Chandler Symphony Orchestra. That’s right—this suburb’s got class!
4. Chandler Is A Breeding Ground For Amazing Athletes
As a suburban paradise, professional sports is not exactly at the top of the list of things you discuss when you’re talking about the perks of life in Chandler. But Chandler High School has played host to such names as the NFL'S Adam Archuleta and local favorite, Phoenix Sun and former Arizona Wildcat Channing Frye. Maybe it’s something in the water…
5. And Chandlerites Celebrate The Ostrich In All Its Glory
Ever seen a man ride a bird? How about a dozen of ‘em at once? That’s just part of what you can expect when you swing on by the annual Chandler Ostrich Festival every Spring, along with a chance to spin out in a giant floating hamster ball, to take a ride on a camel, or just catch some mesmerizing performances from chainsaw carvers, animal experts, and circus acts. No wonder it’s been one of the city’s favorite events for more than a quarter-century! Just watch your back—these big ol’ birds have been known to bite!
6. Your Dog Will Love It Here
Pooches know they’ve got it good when their city throws a festival just for them. Woofstock offers a dog walk, pet massages, a “bark park” and even a pet psychic. Add to that scores of dog parks, wonderful neighborhoods for daily walks and pools in almost every yard, and it’s no wonder that Chandler is home to some of the happiest hounds on planet earth.
7. Because Animal Lovers Came To Chandler First
While the rest of Arizona was growing oranges, Dr. Alexander John Chandler—the city’s namesake—brought Arizona’s first veterinary practice to our humble suburb. All the way back to the beginning, Chandlerites clearly had the biggest hearts in the Phoenix Metro Area.
8. Southern Arizona Avenue Is Beautiful, Alive And Thriving
Downtown Chandler has seen tons of renovations to bring the look of the city up to the high-tech image it hopes to maintain, including a new City Hall Complex dedicated in 2010 along with fresh pedestrian walkways, bike paths and an eye toward historic architectural preservation and inspiration. The area has become a hub of activity from the April Chalk Walk to regular parades and festivals, making Downtown Chandler one of Arizona’s most exciting places to be on the weekends.
9. It’s Officially All-American
In 2010, the National Civic League recognized Chandler as one of 10 All-American Cities that year. The award has been called a “Nobel Prize of Constructive Citizenship,” though it brings all of the prestige without the million-dollar purse. Still, it looks cool on our local resume, so take that, Phoenix. Oh, you say Phoenix won that distinction a few times, too? Well, Chandler appreciates it more!
10. Leave Your Hat And Scarf Behind--You Won't Need Them Here
It gets hot here. No joke. The record high temp in Chandler was 119 in 1948 and it’s crept uncomfortably close to that number on more occasions than one. In the summer months, don’t be surprised to find the Redbox rentals you left in the car partially melted and warped like tiny pieces of abstract sculpture.
11. Chandler’s Got Intel Inside
Though their newest 1.7 billion-dollar manufacturing facility is sitting dormant right now, Intel is the largest employer in the Chandler area with about 11,900 people there collecting paychecks from the company. And the local tech game doesn’t stop there—check out community-based working space Gangplank to satisfy your inner nerd.
12. This City Has History
In addition to the pueblo revival homes in the area like the famous McCullough-Price House Downtown, Chandler is also home to the Chandler Museum (duh) and the Arizona Railway Museum, which houses more than a dozen complete trains, many of which visitors can even board if they wish. You’ll feel like you’re taking a trip 100-years back in time while wandering the grounds of this free museum. The only things missing are plumes of thick smoke rising from the angry steam engines and the blow of the horns.
13. Chandler’s Parks Are Many And Majestic
Being one of the most playful cities in the nation, Chandler is proud of its more than 50 gorgeous local parks. Tumbleweed Park—the largest in the region—plays host to the local fireworks display every fourth of July as well as the annual Day of Play each October, which sees more than 5,000 visitors a year. Just make sure you bring a pair of sneakers.
14. Chandlerites Were Playing Golf While The Rest Of Arizona Was Still Roping Cattle
Dr. Chandler’s view of his city was one of a completely planned community which included the elegant San Marcos Hotel, which he built it in 1912 with a little help from a man named Frank Lloyd Wright. The state’s first golf course was added here a year later, and more than 200 more would follow in the Phoenix Metro Area over next century, making it one of the world’s premier golf destinations. Fore!
15. Even The Landfills Are Gorgeous
Again, Chandlerites love their parks. So much so that even the landfills, like the Paseo Vista Landfill, are converted to play areas once they’re decommissioned. Don’t worry—the garbage is long gone, buried underfoot, leaving only pristine play area today where a dump once stood.
16. You’re Going To Need Your Car To Get Around…
Though gorgeous and growing, Chandler is notorious for its lack of bus routes. Just make sure you’ve got another mode of travel lined up when you come.
17. …At Least, That Is, Until We Get The Light Rail!
Though it may be as far as 25 years out, officials in Chandler are looking into bringing the Valley Metro Light Rail all the way down to Chandler’s Arizona Avenue. This could nearly double the length of the line, but would eventually provide a direct, high-speed link between Chandler and places like the ASU campus and bustling downtown Phoenix. Come 2030 that could mean the end of post-Diamondback-game traffic jams for Chandlerites in general.
18. Chandlerites Are Rolling In Moolah
Okay, so maybe our residents aren’t raking in the figures of households in, say, Paradise Valley, but we’re right behind Scottsdale in terms of median household income at about $71k. Compare that to $51k for the rest of the United States and its clear that Chandlerites are doing alright, financially speaking.
19. No Need To Worry About Chandler's Housing Market
Okay, so in reality Chandler is subject to the same ebb and flow of the housing market as every other American city, but couple the high home occupancy rate with a median home value of $255k and the markets here just seem a little bit stronger than in some of the surrounding areas. The median home value throughout the rest of Maricopa County, for instance, sits at about $220k—a full $35k less than their counterparts in Chandler.
20. The Sun Corridor Has Chandler At Its Heart
The area between Tucson in southern Arizona and Phoenix in central Arizona has a population roughly equivalent to the state of Indiana, and that number is expected to double by 2040—that is, as long as we can find enough water to support everybody. And as the population grows and these two cities get closer together, Chandler is positioned to reap the economic benefits. Though the physical city itself might not be getting any bigger, you can expect the bank accounts of local entrepreneurs to keep on growing along with the number of lanes in I-10, and there are no freeway narrowing projects being discussed for the foreseeable future.
21. Waylon Jennings Liked Chandler So Much, He Decided To Stay Forever
That’s right—once country music’s most famous bad boy kicked his drug habit and toned down his tour schedule to spend more time with the family, guess where he ended up. Yep, straight down to his final breaths, Jennings could see what made Chandler awesome.