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Chandler, high tech Silicon Desert offers great living choices
Chandler got its’ start in 1891 when Alexander Chandler bought 80 acres of land from the federal government south of Mesa. By the end of the century, Dr Chandler owned 18,000 acres. He then drew up a town site that would subdivide his ranch, and he advertised it nationally. On the opening day in 1912, 300 speculators spent $50,000 buying his land. Deed restrictions required that owners built on their land within a year. By 1913 the San Marcos Hotel opened with 500 guests (the first grass golf resort in this state). Cotton became the most profitable and common crop in Chandler, and the town incorporated in 1920.
By 1954 the population increased to over 3,800 and the town was upgraded from a “town” to a “city”. Today Chandler has a strong manufacturing and electronics sector, and in fact goes by “Silicon Desert” in the cities marketing materials. Chandler Fashion Center, a Regional Mall opened end of 2001, with 150 shops in 1.3 million square feet. Two “power centers” opened adjacent to the mall at the same time. Intel, the city’s largest employer, completed a new chip fabrication plant in 2001, a $2 billion dollar investment! Then Intel spent another 3 billion to build another chip plant in 2005/6 in Chandler, Fab 32 which is a 1 million square foot plant located at their 700 acre Ocotillo Campus. If that were not enough, Intel started construction of Fab 42 in Chandler in 2012, a plant that will create the tinest microchip technology in the world! But wait, the PC market has declined so in 2014 and 2015, the new Fab plant sits idle. It will eventually be used but for now the 1.7 billion dollar plant is sitting empty. Wells Fargo has been expanding in Chandler as well, eventually, the global financial giant could have more than 10,000 employees on its 68-acre complex at the northwest corner of Queen Creek and Price roads, in the heart of Chandler’s Price Road Corridor.
What happens at a Fab plant? Watch this:
Chandler is also home to Microchip Technology, University of Phoenix, Charles Schwab, and AMKOR Technology. Chandler Airpark has two runways, 116 hangers, and is located in an “Enterprise Zone”. The airpark is a nine square mile employment corridor anchored by the Chandler Airport. Chandler Airport is the 21st busiest airport in the United States, and moving up fast! If you want to live at an airport, and have your plane in the garage and your car in the other garage, you can do that at Stellar Airpark!
Chandler celebrates a number of yearly festivals, including the Ostrich Festival, Jazz Festival, Greek Festival, Cinco de Mayo, and the Tumbleweed Festival.
ASU has a Chandler Innovation Center located in downtown Chandler, it is an engineering and technology based education and research hub. It is an alliance between ASU and the City of Chandler.
The National League of Cities awarded Chandler the All American City award in 2010, and in 2008 Money Magazine ranked Chandler in their top 100 Places to Live list, and AARP awarded Chandler their Top 5 Places to live award in 2007.
By the Numbers
64 – Square miles
247,522 – 2014 population
3,666 – people/sq mile
28 – percent under 18
32 – median age