When you’re looking to relocate, it can be hard to know what areas offer the most, because you don’t live there yet. Maybe you’ve visited, but even at that, you’re living like a tourist, not a resident.
National rankings are an excellent way to get a grasp on a place that is new to you, knowing the factors involved in the ranking system are unbiased and straight across the board. And happily, Chandler, AZ ranks well in many categories. Each ranking is specific, such as Chandler being rated number one in “Best Places to Become Wealthy” or number three in “Best Places to Buy a Family Home,” but you can look at the statistics and decide what sounds most important to you. Are you a woman in the STEM industry? Chandler ranks number 8 in “Best Places for Women in Tech.” Also scoring high on the charts in Chandler is: safest area to live, and best place to find a job. Again, these are public resources such as blogs, websites, publications and other credible sources. (As opposed to, say, your mother’s sister who happens to live in Chandler and really wants you to move there!)
You know what they say, “Location, location, location!” Chandler is conveniently situated in a very accessible and central part of the Phoenix Metro Area. Regardless of where you live within Chandler, you’re just a short drive from any of the major highways running through Phoenix, and a reasonable commute into the city if you’re looking to work in Phoenix, but live on the outskirts. For those who travel often, the airport is easily accessible, and it’s very easy to hop onto any of the aforementioned highways, if you travel around the west and mostly drive.
It’s clear that the population of the Phoenix area has been growing exponentially over the past two decades or so, meaning new neighborhoods have popped up all over the valley to accommodate the growing number of residents. Of course, people are coming for the weather, the jobs, the affordable cost of living, but perhaps one of the biggest pros of the Chandler area specifically, is the affordability of what most Americans would consider luxury housing. Among these neighborhoods are many master planned neighborhoods, where luxury amenities such as pools, tennis courts, paved and lighted walking paths and more, are designed into the layout of the small community, adding an extra layer of comfort for its residents. Best of all, homes nearly identical in style, home, and community amenities in the Scottsdale area, for instance, are usually at least two hundred thousand dollars more expensive. The same square footage in Scottsdale may cost you around $750,000, but only $450,000 in Chandler. Getting more for your buck is perhaps the biggest “draw” an area can have to potential home buyers. We all want to get as much as we can for those hard earned dollars, right?
Wherever you fall on the district grids, Chandler has wonderful public schools. Most of these schools rate very highly when it comes to graduation rates, extracurricular offerings, and attendance rates But even if you find yourself living closest to one of the schools that isn’t the most highly rated of the bunch, there are so many schools to choose from. It’s fairly easy to find the perfect school for you and your family within a reasonable distance. If you can’t decide which school might be the best fit for you, there are plenty of resources where parents can communicate with other parents, such as online chats and message boards. And of course schools are always open for prospective parents to tour and see what classroom sizes look like, or meet a few teachers.
Entertainment is a huge part of quality of life. We all go to work, doctor’s appointments, school, or other daily obligations, but when it’s time to cut loose, we want something fun to do! Whether that’s going to a movie, or going out to eat at a fun restaurant, Chandler has a ton of great entertainment options close to home.Much like the neighborhood styles, Chandler has done an outstanding job of offering extremely similar experiences to its populace as they would find in a more expensive part of Phoenix. Chandler has aesthetically pleasing shopping centers, a great downtown with fun nightlife, and still plenty of smaller local establishments to support a non-generic, unique vibe. You’ll never run out of fun restaurants to try, or places to shop; and as Chandler grows, these areas only get nicer and nicer.While the shopping centers and restaurants are all high end in appearance, another great thing about this area is that you can truly find something fun to do on any budget. There’s something for everyone!