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A+ Chandler Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
D Chandler Cost of Living Cost of living is 8% higher than Arizona
Chandler
1077% more expensive than the US average
Arizona
991% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Chandler cost of living
B- Chandler Crime Total crime is 25% lower than Arizona
Total crime
2,3589% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 439% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-7%Year over year crime is down
Chandler crime
C+ Chandler Employment Household income is 45% higher than Arizona
Median household income
$74,32934% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$33,97214% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%23% lower than the US average
Chandler employment
B Chandler Housing Home value is 40% higher than Arizona
Median home value
$248,50035% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,16222% higher than the US average
Home ownership
61%4% lower than the US average
Chandler real estate or Chandler rentals
B- Chandler Schools HS graduation rate is 9% higher than Arizona
High school grad. rates
90%8% higher than the US average
School test scores
55%12% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
21:133% higher than the US average
Chandler K-12 schools or Chandler colleges

Living in Chandler, AZ

Located in the state of Arizona, Chandler is a large city with a population of 242,131 residents. Chandler has a population density of 3,727 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. According to the most recent Census, 77% of Chandler residents are White, 9% Asian and 5% Black. 76% of the people in Chandler (over the age of 15) are married and 51% have kids under the age of eighteen. Knowing that, it’s safe to say that this area could be a great place for other families to lay down roots.

Living in Chandler can be a fulfilling experience for anyone moving to the area. Having said that, in the state of Arizona, there are many desirable places to live, so choose wisely! With useful information like crime, cost of living, weather, education, housing and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Chandler and in the areas around Chandler is a much easier task.

Chandler has a livability score of 84/100 and is ranked #4 in Arizona and #532 in the USA. Compared to the United States average, Chandler ranks among some of the best places to live in the country! The cherry on top is that Chandler also ranks in the top 10 percent of all cities. Based on the rankings for each individual category, Chandler has received high marks for amenities (A+), crime (B), weather (B+), education (B-) and housing (B). There is at least one category that did not score well in Chandler. The following was graded with a concerning score: cost of living (D).

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Chandler has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: Rawhide at Wild Horse Pass, Just Roughin' It Adventure Company, and Aji Spa at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa.

Based on multiple factors including: median home and rental prices, appreciation rates and home affordability, Chandler has received high marks in the housing category. Based on these calculations, the apartment rental and real estate market appears to be very healthy.

Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Chandler. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Chandler are affordable. The median home price for Chandler homes is $248,500, which is 40.5% higher than the Arizona average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Chandler, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 3.3, which is 5.7% lower than the Arizona average. Purchasing your new home can come with many financial benefits, some of which are more lucrative than others. Perhaps the most notable benefit could be the appreciation of your new home. Home appreciation rates are a good way to generate tax-free equity on a long term basis. The year over year appreciation rates in Chandler were 7.5%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 6.6%.

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Compare Chandler, AZ Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Chandler, AZ

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Dava-Lakeshore, Tempe8761,124
Cyprus Southwest, Tempe858.31,972
Sunset, Tempe8411.52,681
Alta Mira, Tempe844.41,433
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Optimist Park Nw, Tempe8371,150
Optimist Park Ne, Tempe836.81,308
Optimist Park Sw, Tempe836.61,122
McClintock, Tempe828.41,112

Best Cities Near Chandler, AZ

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Gilbert, AZ846.2226,832
Chandler, AZ830242,131
Peoria, AZ8030.2158,677
Queen Creek, AZ7912.630,849
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Scottsdale, AZ7815.2234,495
Mesa, AZ779.2470,456
Surprise, AZ7738127,492
Maricopa, AZ7619.145,473
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Not safe and fairly run down

Attractions1/10
Community1/10
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Dining1/10
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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 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.
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"NEW HERE TO ARIZONA"...........................................

Attractions1/10
Community10/10
Nightlife1/10
Dining1/10
Shopping10/10
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 communication 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Looking for a safe and great neighborhood

Attractions10/10
Community10/10
Nightlife10/10
Dining10/10
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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
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Looks Nice, Relatively Safe, Good for Families - Be Careful on Schools

Attractions8/10
Community3/10
Nightlife2/10
Dining2/10
Shopping9/10
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 disappointment 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.
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Not for singles or people with culture

Attractions3/10
Community1/10
Nightlife1/10
Dining1/10
Shopping5/10
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 summer 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.
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Chandler - Spring Training and Tasty Mexican Restaurants

Attractions7/10
Community7/10
Nightlife7/10
Dining7/10
Shopping8/10
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 Francisco 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.
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Source: The Chandler, AZ data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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