Chandler, Arizona was founded by AJ Chandler on May 17th, 1912. Dr Alexander John Chandler, a veterinarian surgeon in the territory of Arizona, bought 80 acres of land from the federal government in 1891, and in the years that followed, was instrumental in developing the system of canals that provided water to the area which was later to become the city of Chandler AZ.
Chandler Ranch estates became the first of many Chandler subdivisions and had very modest beginnings emerging from just 3 smalls shacks in the desert into a small town in the span of just one year.
By 1920, the town of Chandler had over 1,000 residents, and the car had become the primary means of transportation. Growing steadily, Chandler’s population reached over 3,800 by 1950 and the town’s status was upgraded to a city in 1954.
In the last 40 years, Chandler has seen it’s population grow from 30,000 people to over 240,000 people in 2015. It has also seen a big change in it’s economy from agriculture to manufacturing and technology. Although agriculture is still important, much of Chandler’s explosive growth can be attributed to the influx of highly trained and educated workings that companies like Motorola, Intel and Microchip Technologies are looking for. Today, Chandler residents have one of the highest per-capita incomes in Arizona and also enjoy a quality of life that many residents in other parts of the valley do not enjoy.
Chandler is 58 square miles and is bordered by Mesa, Tempe, Phoenix, the Gila River Indian Reservation and Gilbert. As of 2015, there are over 254,000 people and 86,000 households. The median household income in Chandler was over $70,000 as of 2010 and the median income for a family was over $81,000.
According to the Weather Channel, the average daily high is 86.5 degrees and the hottest day in recorded history it reached 119 degrees. Chandler isn’t hot all the time however. A record low of 15 degrees has been recorded while the average low is a very temperate 57 degrees.