Part of Arizona's Maricopa County, Chandler is a suburb of Phoenix. Housing just over 240,000 people, Chandler is near Tempe and Mesa to the north, and the Gila River Indian Reservation to the south. One of the fastest-growing cities in the country, Chandler boasts near-perfect weather, with approximately 330 days of sun per year and an average temperature of 85 degrees. Named after Dr. Alexander John Chandler, the first veterinary surgeon in Arizona, Chandler covers about 70 square miles, and was ranked 30th in CNNMoney.com's 2008 list of 100 best places to live.
A small agricultural town at the turn of the 20th century, Chandler has transformed over the years into the high-tech oasis of the Southwest.
With four locations in the municipal area, including its first environmentally sustainable factory, the computer chip manufacturer Intel has played a large role in Chandler's economic growth. Other major employers in Chandler include Wells Fargo, Verizon, Freescale Semiconductor, Bashas, Motorola, and Countrywide.
Quite a few Chandler-based employees, estimated at 27,000, commute to work in other communities, such as downtown Phoenix.
Historic Downtown Chandler offers art galleries, shops, a microbrewery, a winery, and the city's top restaurants. Restoration of the building facades has brought back the historic backdrop of the early 1900s with modern day commerce. The Chandler Commercial Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Many of the residential neighborhoods in Chandler are gated communities. Some of the notable subdivisions include:
Chandler is the home of the first Arizona resort, the San Marcos, conceptualized by the city's founder and designed by Arthur Burnett Benton in 1913. Through the years the San Marcos has seen dignitaries, socialites, and movie stars. Today visitors have various options for overnight accommodations, resorts and otherwise.
Some of Chandler's local tourist attractions include:
Western International University has a campus in Chandler, serving the specific educational needs of working adults, as does the University of Phoenix. Arizona State University is located 14 miles north of downtown Chandler, in Tempe.
Also in Chandler, the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving teaches current or aspiring racers how to drive like the pros. The school houses a 60-acre racing facility.
Chandler Fashion Center opened in 2001 and quickly became one of the most frequented shopping venues in the East Valley. Chandler shoppers can also choose from the Casa Paloma Shopping Center, Chandler Pavilions, and Historic Downtown, which together provide a variety of options, including antique shops, boutiques, and specialty stores.
The East Valley Tribune is Chandler's newspaper.
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