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We would like to provide the residents of  Chandler  a basic history overview.


Welcome to the Chandler Home page. The Chandler Home page provides as much information as possible on Chandler. Knowing Chandler’s history is essential to guiding its future. Within Chandler’s Home page, you will also find Chandler’s Founders, Holiday, and Birthday sections.

Chandler has a population of 257076. 48.9% of Chandler’s inhabitants are Male, and 51.1 are female. 51.1% of Chandler is married and 64.9% own their own home. The Average Home price is $324,442, and the average rent is $1,381. Household median income in Chandler is $85,796, and the individual median income is $42,597. Chandler’s Ethnic is the following: White(71.4%), Hispanic(19.9%), Asian(10.9%), Multiple(6.5%), Black(5.5%), Other(3.7%), Native(1.8%), Pacific(0.2%).


In 1891, Dr. Alexander John Chandler, the first veterinary surgeon in Arizona Territory, settled on a ranch south of Mesa, studying irrigation engineering. By 1900, he had acquired 18,000 acres (73 km2) of land, and began drawing up plans for a townsite on what was then known as the Chandler Ranch. The townsite office opened on May 16, 1912. (Soon after celebrating Chandler's Centennial on May 17, 2012, Chandler Museum staff discovered that the city had been celebrating the wrong date.


In May 1912, the Chandler Arizonan newspaper had erroneously published the founding day as May 17, and through the years residents had misremembered the correct date, which was Thursday, May 16, 1912.) The original townsite was bounded by Galveston Street on the north, Frye Road on the south, Hartford Street on the west, and Hamilton Street on the east.


By 1913, a town center had become established, featuring the Hotel San Marcos, which also had the first grass golf course in the state. Chandler High School was established in 1914. Chandler incorporated on February 16, 1920, after 186 residents petitioned the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors to approve incorporation.


Town founder A.J. Chandler was chosen as the president of the first town council and the town's first mayor. Most of Chandler's economy was sustained during the Great Depression (though the Depression was to blame for the cancellation of a second San Marcos hotel), but the cotton crash a few years later had a much deeper impact on the city's residents.


Later, the founding of Williams Air Force Base in 1941 led to a small surge in population, but Chandler still only held 3,800 people by 1950. By 1980, it had grown to 30,000, and it has since paced the Phoenix metropolitan area's high rate of growth, with suburban residential areas swallowing former agricultural plots.


Some of this growth was fueled by the establishment of manufacturing plants for communications and computing firms such as Microchip, Motorola and Intel. Since the early 1990s, the city of Chandler has experienced exponential growth, ranking among the fastest-growing municipalities in the country. The population had grown to more than 275,000 residents in more than 100,000 homes as of 2020.


The heart of Chandler remains its revitalized historic downtown, which includes the Chandler City Hall and the Chandler Center for the Arts. In 2010, Chandler was named an All-America City by the National Civic League. Chandler was the only Arizona winner for the 61st annual awards.


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