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Loving Chandler and the community 4 rating By Anonymous ( Feb 19, 2020) Entertainment and dining, friendly ness of residents, ease of traffic, ease of getting from one point to another, customer service in public services agencies etc. ...Read More Read Less
Not safe and fairly run down 0.5 rating By Anonymous ( May 03, 2019) A lot of Chandler is fairly nice, but there is a giant growing ghetto area that keeps getting worse and worse everyday. There are a lot of criminal types that live there and they tend to commit robberies in the more upscale classier neighborhoods, so it's generally a good idea to ...Read More avoid Chandler in general. The schools here are not very good. The reason why Chandler gets high ratings is because of schools like BASIS which is an excellent charter school, not a part of the Chandler Unified School District and because of the public schools like Hamilton, Basha, Perry, and other schools in that area that tend to have better demographics. Most of the older schools are terrible with poor demographics and testing standards. Overall, if you have to live in Chandler then try your best to get your kid into BASIS. Otherwise, I suggest finding a home in Gilbert or South Tempe, which are much nicer and generally better in terms of safety, things to do, and future home values. The last part is very important. The decline of many of the areas in Chandler tends to result in homes with declining home values. Unfortunately, the high amounts of low income housing in crime infested areas tends to decrease the value of housing in Chandler as a whole. Read Less
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"NEW HERE TO ARIZONA"........................................... 3.5 rating By S.M ( Aug 21, 2017) Relocated here from Michigan a year ago very calm atmosphere here in Chandler. Insurance rates are unbelievably reasonable depending on your location searching for the right school for elementary and junior high can be a bug. All High schools are fair game Chandler has great comm ...Read More unication method with parents. I love it here very peaceful and green lots of new developments and opportunity for entuerpuners. Plus it's very clean and offers most to all walks of life. GO CHANDLER!!!!!!!!!!!!! Read Less
Looking for a safe and great neighborhood 5 rating By keithandmelissa ( Aug 21, 2016) Looking for a safe great at least 3 bedrooms 1 to 2 baths Must have a fenced in yard can anyone give me some pointers ...Read More Read Less
Looks Nice, Relatively Safe, Good for Families - Be Careful on Schools 3 rating By AreaMan ( Jul 30, 2016) Our family moved here for the school district. We heard good things about Kyrene School District, and Kyrene Traditional Academy, in particular. The community is pretty difficult to settle into as a result of people being somewhat clique-prone. The schools were a bitter disappoin ...Read More tment for both my kids and myself. Children are either stars or they aren't, they are prized or put aside. One of my children was literally publicly humiliated by her teacher, who was forced to apologize. My other child had his fingers locked in a restroom door by bullies until one of the playground aides finally found time to notice. The only way to please the school district or blend into the community is to fit distinct mold and/or suck up quite a bit. Test scores are absolutely the main focus and the schools have a cut-throat drive to get their ribbons and A+'s. The school was so vile that simply leaving a 1 star on their page, after removing my children, resulted in a full-blown freak-out by the school PTO moms, volunteers and administrators. The reaction was literally something out of one of those cliche shows about horrible mothers and teachers in suburbia. There are a lot of amenities. The place is clean and neat. Underneath it, though, is a very isolating ugliness that is all-too-common to modern American suburbia. Neighbors aren't very neighborly and it can be quite lonely. But, the libraries are nice, there are lots of indoor play options, and community programs offer a good number of activities. If you don't mind not fitting in, it's at least clean and relatively crime-free compared to the rest of the Valley. The shopping is pretty good, too. Read Less
Not for singles or people with culture 2 rating By Bubbagum ( Feb 21, 2016) I have lived in the Chandler/Mesa area for 5 years. I moved here from northern California. My first impression of this area was that it is very clean and the weather is nice. In the winter, it doesn't rain that much and the temperature can get cold but nothing unbearable. The sum ...Read More mer it is hot, but it is a dry heat for the most part with little humidity during the monsoon season which is only a couple of months of rain in the summer. So, cleanliness and good weather are the most attractive things about this area.As far as the people go... I would say, the people are what makes this state so blah.... People move to Arizona from all over the United States, so there are a lot of people here now, that didn't necessarily grow up in Arizona. It seems as though the people that grew up here are outnumbered by outsiders. Which in my opinion has created a lack of an Arizona culture, which can be a good or bad thing. I've noticed that the people who grew up here are .... weird... boring... not creative... blah... The joys of this area seem to be: wearing workout clothes as every day outfits (most of them wear the clothes but don't look like they are in shape), drive recklessly and always in a rush to go.. nowhere, and hang out at bars every day of the week, if you're single. The families tend to enjoy it here more, if kids are involved, because a family can be busy with going to parks or kids extra curricular activities, like sports or something.It's hard to really put my finger on the people and the culture here. It's like the people and the culture are....NOTHING. There blah, nothing, boring. If you are looking for a place to move where you will just fade into nothingness, this is the place to be! Also, I love people I love diversity. This area lacks diversity in ethnicities. There are A LOT of white people very few hispanic people, very few african american people, very few native american people, very few asian american people. 90% of the people I see are white. There is also a large number of retired people that either live here or visit during the winter from another state.This is not an area for single people. The singles here are weird. Guys are afraid of women, and women throw themselves at men out of desperation. Neither is attractive. A plus is that this is a pro gun state, and the crime rates are pretty low. Read Less
Chandler - Spring Training and Tasty Mexican Restaurants 3.5 rating By Anonymous ( May 05, 2010) One of the things my family likes to do in February or March of each year is travel to Chandler and elsewhere in the Phoenix metropolitan area for baseball's spring training. Cactus League games are a great way to see fantastic baseball for less money than usual. The San Francisc ...Read More o Giants, the Anaheim Angels and the Chicago Cubs all train near Chandler, and while I wasn't a fan of some of these teams before, regular visits to spring training made me one!

I was last in Chandler in fall 2009, and I spent a really enjoyable evening in the city's historic downtown. Since I normally think of Chandler as just another suburb of Phoenix, I didn't expect it to have a downtown. But it does! There are many interesting shops and attractions there, as well as some good Mexican restaurants. My favorite place in Chandler, though, was the SanTan Brewing Company. It serves tasty bar food, and its Gordo Stout is one of the better dark beers I've had in a long time. Read Less

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Chandler, AZ

Chandler is a desert community that is located a stone's throw from the much larger Phoenix area. It is known for the large number of parks that serve the needs of the 250,000 residents who call the city home. Chandler offers young people an amazing quality of life since it combines affordable housing with slides, swings, and walking trails. Chandler is also one of the hardest working cities in America, and it has been recognized by several publications for being a place where women can thrive in the employment market. Chandler is also one of the most bike-friendly cities in America. The city has invested heavily in a network of trails that provides cyclists a safe alternative to city streets.

Nationwide Vision is one of the area's most respected employers, and the company offers high salaries. Isagenix and STC are other local employers that are known for providing their employees a lot of perks and benefits. Transportation options in Chandler include public car, public transit, cycling, and walking. As mentioned above, the city has a large network of bike trails that make it very appealing for those who want to get to work on two wheels. The Valley Metro Bus service also has busses and shuttles that can get you from a to b in Chandler and into the broader Phoenix Metro Area. Many of the city's residents who commute to Phoenix daily do so on a Valley Metro-operated vehicle.

Wild Horse Pass is one of the places that adults love to go to when they are trying to get away from the kids for a fun night out. It is a casino that also has a number of dining options to choose from. Since opening in the latter part of the 1980s, more than two million people have visited the casino hoping to strike it big. Veterans Oasis Park is a wonderful place to take a late-evening stroll. The lake that is the centerpiece of the park provides a striking juxtaposition to the desert beauty that surrounds it. Desert Breeze Railroad is an attraction that is popular with children and those who love trains. It has a small collection of restored trains that are available to tour.

Home prices in Chandler have risen in recent years, but the area still remains an attractive alternative to the more expensive Phoenix market. Ocotillo, Wood Glenn, Cantabria Shores, and San Marcos Estates are some of the most sought after home addresses in the city for those who are looking to buy or rent. They offer access to some of the best shopping, dining, and entertainment that Chandler has to offer. They also have good public schools for those buyers with children.


Armstrong Park
Snedigar Sports Complex East Fields
Meadowbrook Park
La Paloma Park
Carino Estates : Community - Green Belt


Arnette Scott Ward Performing Arts Center
Chandler Center for the Arts
Chandler Downtown Stage
AMF Chandler Lanes
Harkins Theatres Chandler Fashion 20

Food & Drink

Vintage 95
C-Fu Gourmet
NYPD Pizza
Juan Jaime's Tacos & Tequila
Drive to Work

2% higher than the US average

Take Public Transit

4% lower than the US average

Walk to Work

2% lower than the US average


Chandler Regional
Chandler Regional Medical Center
Banner Ocotillo Medical Center
Dignity Health AZ General Hospital Emergency Room
Dignity Health Arizona Specialty Hospital


CVS Pharmacy
CVS Pharmacy
SnS (Serve n Save)
Medmetrics Pharmacy


Banner Urgent Care
Ajay Narwani
Hope Community Health Center
Spectrum Dermatology (Chandler Office)
Erin Bradley Family Medicine

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