Chandler : Arizona


What It Is Like to Retire in Chandler

Chandler is a very fast growing community of over 122,000 people in Arizona, southeast of Phoenix and Tempe. Chandler is home to some of the largest and fanciest active adult and 55+communities.  People move here for the dry climate and the beautiful desert mountains nearby. For many of the people who live here Chandler, one of the newer suburbs, is a bedroom community for Phoenix. Public domain photos of A.J. Chandler Park, located in downtown Chandler, contains a tumbleweed Christmas tree during the holidays, courtesy of Wikipedia and Peter Bronski, and photo of Chandler High School, Built 1921, courtesy of Wikipedia and Peter Bronski (public domain).

Where to Retire in Chandler and Home Prices

There are many different active adult communities and other types of planned developments in Chandler (see links at left). In mid-2021, the median home value in Chandler was $409,557 according to Zillow.


What Is Special about Chandler

The annual Ostrich Festival honors Chandler's agricultural past, when ostriches were raised here for their feathers.  In 2008 the city was named a "Playful City USA" in the U.S. because of its innovative approaches to recreation, including many parks and the aquatic centers.

What Is Not Special about Chandler

Chandler is a bedroom community for many of its residents.  The vast tracts of developments can be boring.

Who Will Like Retirement in Chandler

Most of the people that live in Chandler commute to jobs in Phoenix or other suburbs. Retirees move here because of the 55+ communities, the great weather, and endless recreation possibilities.

Local Economy Is Driven by

Agriculture was formerly the economic mainstay of Chandler. Now there are several hi-tech firms in the area including Motorola and Intel.  Construction, healthcare, and retirees are other important industries.

Climate and Physical Environment

Chandler is located southeast of Phoenix, Tempe, and Mesa. It is in the Arizona desert with mountains in the distance. Summers are brutally hot and dry, but if you have access to a pool, it's much more enjoyable.  Eight months out of the year, the weather is nearly ideal.  The temperature rarely dips below freezing and it rarely rains.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The Chandler Center for the Performing Arts is a 1500 seat theatre that hosts a changing schedule of plays, concerts, and other events. The Chandler Public Library is active; there is the main library and 3 branches.  The McCullough–Price House, a 1938 Pueblo Revival style home, is one of Chandler's museums.  Downtown Chandler has been revived and updated, and now features some interesting shops and restaurants.  The greater Phoenix area (including Tempe and Scottsdale) is rich with theatre, concerts, art, and fine dining.



Crime in Chandler is just under the national average.  Allstate recently rated Chandler as one of the safest cities in the country for driving.


Medical Facilities

Chandler Regional Hospital serves the community. Obviously nearby Phoenix and other towns have world-class health facilities.


Phoenix's Sky Harbor Airport is about 15 miles.  Chandler (and most of Phoenix) is car-oriented.  The streets are wide, most have bike lanes, and the streets and freeways are well maintained.  There is a bus system, but because everything is spread out, it takes a long time to get anywhere.  There is one light rail line that runs from Mesa, through Tempe and Phoenix, but it is of little use to people in Chandler.


Valuable Links

Guide to Arizona retirement
City of Chandler Recreation Department
Sun Lakes Retirement


What people are saying about Chandler

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