Relocating to Chandler AZ
Congratulations on your decision to relocate to Chandler AZ! This beautiful Sonoran Desert city is a great place to live, work, and raise a family. It’s no wonder that CNN, Money Magazine, Sperling’s Best Places, AARP and Alliance for Youth have all included Chandler among the top places to live in the U.S.!
Chandler is growing, too; founded in 1912, Chandler was once an important agricultural center in the Southwest. Over the past few decades, the city’s economic focus has shifted toward the booming high technology industry, and growth has increased along with it. Over the last 50 years, Chandler’s population has exploded, expanding from 9,531 residents in 1960 to more than 240,000 in 2013, making Chandler one of the fastest growing cities in the nation.
The Chandler AZ real estate market is thriving as well. Home appreciation rates are well above the national average, a sign of a strong economy and good news for those seeking homes for sale in Chandler AZ.
Top Chandler Employers
Much of Chandler’s robust growth is due to its broad employment base. Chandler’s unemployment rates are well below the national average. Together, the city’s top 10 employers provide almost 32,000 jobs and represent a wide swath of growing industries, from high-tech to finance to healthcare.
The largest employer in Chandler, Intel, employs more than 10,000 people. This tech company manufactures microprocessors and other computing innovations and has the mission of expanding computing technology to enrich and connect the lives of all people. This $54 billion company is based in California and employs 82,500 people across the country.
Bank of America
Bank of America’s Chandler office, which provides mortgage processing services, employs more than 3,500 people. This financial giant is the second largest bank in the country, with holdings of about $884 billion. Bank of America has 5,400 locations in 40 countries and was named a “Top 10 Company for Working Mothers” by “Working Mother” magazine.
Chandler School District
The Chandler School District employs 3,000 people. It serves 38,000 students, grades K through 12, and encompasses about 80 square miles. Due to Chandler’s high growth rate, the Chandler School District is among the fastest-growing districts in Arizona. It operates four high schools, seven junior high schools, 29 elementary schools, and two alternative schools.
Wells Fargo Ocotillo Corporate Campus
The Wells Fargo Ocotillo Corporate Campus employs 2,600 people. Wells Fargo is the fourth largest bank in the U.S., with $1.4 trillion in assets, 265,000 employees in 35 countries around the world. In 2012, “Corporate Responsibility” magazine included Wells Fargo on its list of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens.
Chandler Regional Medical Center
The Chandler Regional Medical Center employs 2,100 people at its not-for-profit community hospital. With 243 beds, it’s the largest hospital in Chandler. Chandler Regional Medical Center’s services include emergency, maternity, acute care, cardiovascular, diabetes and diagnostic services. In 2012, it was ranked the #1 Medium-Sized Acute-Care Hospital in Arizona by The Best of Arizona Business.
Ebay - Paypal
Ebay – Paypal’s Chandler headquarters employs 2,000 people. Ebay, an online auction site, and Paypal, an online payment solutions site, merged in 2002 and have more than 100 million active users worldwide. Today, the San Jose-based company employs almost 30,000 people.
Verizon Wireless’ Chandler headquarters employs almost 1,700 people. Verizon provides mobile communications, broadband internet and wireless and wired services. Overall, Verizon employs 183,400 people and is ranked fifteenth on the Fortune 500 list.
City of Chandler
The City of Chandler employs more than 1,560 people. The city’s annual budget is more than $830 million. Over the past few years, the City’s revenue growth has grown, and projections suggest a slow, steady growth trend to continue, which points to good news for those seeking Chandler AZ homes for sale.
Microchip Technology employs about 1,540 people in Chandler. This high-tech company manufactures microcontroller and analog semi-conductors for use in a range of applications, such as computers, cars, thermal management, medical, and lighting. Microchip Technology was founded in 1989.
Freescale Semi-Conductor employs 1,450 people in Chandler and about 18,000 people worldwide. The company specializes in embedded processing solutions for use in the automotive, consumer, industrial and networking markets. It was founded in 1948.
Chandler Small Business
Chandler is also home to a number of successful small businesses. Chandler’s prime location – with a few miles of major commerce centers like Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale and Mesa – and Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport make it an extremely accessible market. Plus, the city’s young, well-educated population and business-friendly government make it a natural choice. The city’s Economic Development division provides resources and specially trained staff that are dedicated to helping small business owners get ahead.
The City of Chandler offers a range of local resources to residents and business owners alike. The Economic Development Division works to enhance Chandler’s employment opportunities and improve the tax base by developing commercial real estate, the historical downtown and tourism.
The Chandler Public Library system operates four branches across the city. Residents can get a library card and access the system’s online resources, including business sites and subscription databases.
The Chandler Diversity Office works to promote inclusion and mutual respect in Chandler. The office organizes programs, events and festivals, all aimed to eliminate prejudice and promote understanding. The Diversity Office also provides assistance for minority-owned small businesses.
Chandler Schools are Great
Chandler is served by five public schools districts, including Chandler Unified, Gilbert, Kyrene, Mesa Unified, and Tempe Union High. There are also several private and charter schools in the Chandler area. Check our listings of homes for sale Chandler AZ to determine which schools serve your area.
Parks and Free Venues
Chandler is full of places to play. With more than 50 regional, community and neighborhood parks, there something for everyone! Residents can also enjoy free venues such as the Environmental Education Center, the skatepark at Snedigar Sportsplex, and the many spray pads around town.
Local Community Organizations
Chandler residents care about their community – and they love to give back! From sports to seniors, the many community organizations in and around Chandler include:
• Chandler American Little League
• Chandler Cultural Foundation
• Chandler Historical Foundation
• Chandler YMCA
• Friends of the Library
• San Tan Soccer
• Senior Help Line
Chandler in the Arts
Chandler is known for its thriving arts culture. The historic downtown is lined with galleries, and the monthly art walks showcase the rich local talent. The Chandler Arts Commission and the Chandler Center for the Arts maintain a regular schedule of cultural events, performances and festivals for all to enjoy.
Shopping in Chandler
Shopping in Chandler is world-class! From the upscale retailers at Chandler Fashion Center and the Chandler Pavilions to the unique boutiques of downtown, Chandler’s got it all. Plus, destination shopping like the weekly farmer’s market, antique shops and eclectic independently owned stores abound!
It’s easy to set up your utilities when relocating to Chandler. Many are even available online.
• Arizona Public Service (APS) 480-371-7171
• Salt River Project 602-236-8888
• Southwest Gas 602-861-1999
• Water 480-782-2280
Best Practicies When Relocating to Chandler AZ
Moving can be stressful. These best practices can help make it easy!
Two Months Ahead:
• Start collecting moving boxes
• Get estimates from movers and choose the best option
• Pack items you rarely use
• Purge items you no longer use; donate or have a yard sale
One Month Ahead:
• Notify the post office of your change of address
• Contact utilities for disconnect/connect
• Cancel/change newspaper and magazine delivery
• Make reservations for hotels and lodging
On Moving Day
• Ensure that there’s parking space for the moving truck
• Get kids and pets out of the way
• Supervise the moving of boxes
How ABC can Make Your Chandler AZ Move Even Smoother
Moving can be stressful – at the Murray Realty Group, we understand that! That’s why we want to help ease your mind with the help of a ABC Realtor. Our team of trained, professional Realtors know the Chandler AZ real estate market inside and out, plus we’ve got access to the most detailed lists of Chandler homes for sale and Chandler homes for rent. When it comes to your Chandler real estate needs, we’ve got you covered!
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