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Retire in Chandler, Arizona?
Overview: Chandler is a comfortable bedroom community about 20 miles southeast of downtown Phoenix in south central Arizona. It blends in with Mesa, Tempe and Gilbert to the north and west and has more than doubled in size during the last couple of decades.
People come for the endless sun, award-winning golf courses (at least 10 courses have a Chandler address) and other outdoor recreation. Bistros and boutiques dot the city, and residents enjoy a major shopping mall, a publicly funded art gallery, art walks, jazz festivals, block parties and all types of community events, including an ostrich festival. The beautiful 1,500-seat Chandler Center for the Arts is home to the Chandler Symphony Orchestra. Two-year Chandler-Gilbert Community College has classes for all ages. Major retailers include Apple, Whole Foods, Nordstrom and many others. Intel, the computer chip processor, is a large employer.
The city has a good selection of master-planned communities, including 55+ Sun Lakes, which has a variety of home styles and prices from the low-$100,000s. Mediterranean architecture and newer, treeless, tract housing subdivisions are common throughout Chandler.
Population: 260,000 (city proper)
Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 23%
Cost of Living: 12% above the national average
Median Home Price: $265,000
Climate: Summer temperatures routinely reach the low-100s, and humidity is practically nil. Winter temperatures are in the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s. On average, the area receives 7 inches of rain per year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? Yes
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? Yes
Public Transit: Yes, but it is very limited.
Crime Rate: Meets the national average
Public Library: Yes, and it has a main location and three branches.
Political Leanings: Conservative
Cons: The air quality below the national average.
Notes: Chandler is racial diverse and has an educated population.
Is Arizona Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes, although maybe not for people with respiratory issues.
The Grand Canyon State was originally part of New Mexico. After the land was ceded to the U.S. in 1848, it became a separate territory. It did not enter the union until February 14, 1912. Copper was discovered in the area in 1848, and metals mining continues to be an important part of the economy. Cattle and tourism are two of the states other vital industries.
Although Arizona can be one of the hottest states in the union, air conditioning continues to bring more and more people to the urban areas. The Colorado Plateau spreads through Arizona from the north and is interspersed with remnants of the Rocky Mountains. The land flattens into desert near Phoenix. The Colorado River forms the state's western borders and snakes through the Grand Canyon.
Arizona is home to places with names like Nothing, a ghost town in western Arizona, and the Horspitality Resort.
The state is stubborn when it comes to time. It observes Mountain Standard Time on a year round basis.
Population - 6,931,030
Persons 65 years old and over - 17%
High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 86%
Bachelor's degree or higher, persons age 25+ - 27%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 31%
White persons, not Hispanic - 58%
Median household income - $50,225
Median home value - $167,500
Social Security taxed? No
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
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