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The Planning Division keeps track of population history, prepares current population estimates and projects future population trends.

Current Population Estimate
Population History

Chandler City Profile
The City Profile was prepared by the Planning Division in 2012 and contains a wealth of demographic information from 2010 Census, American Community Survey 2007-2011, as well as other sources.  Click on the image below to view and print the profile.

2013 Chandler City Profile

Current Population Estimate

As of Oct. 1, 2016, the estimated population in Chandler is: 249,353
The estimated number of housing units is: 102,058


Population History:
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Since the early 90s, the City of Chandler has experienced exponential growth and has been among the fastest growing municipalities in the country.  In 1997, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Chandler as the 2nd fastest growing city in the U.S. between 1990 - 1996 among cities with a population over 100,0001. Census 2000 counted 176,581 residents in Chandler, representing a 96.8% increase from the City's 1990 population of 89,862.  In 20032 and again in 20043 , the U.S. Census Bureau listed Chandler as the 4th fastest growing city in the country between 2000 - 2003 among cities with populations of 100,000 or more, confirming that Chandler remained among the fastest growing municipalities in the country.

Chandler's rapid population growth, however, has recently slowed due to housing market conditions and a diminishing supply of vacant land planned for residential development.  As the chart above illustrates, population growth has slowed and is expected to continue at a slow rate for the next several years.  Although population growth is expected to recover with the housing market, population growth will slow once again as Chandler nears buildout.  

The city will never reach complete build-out.  It is expected that the City will continue to see redevelopment, conversions, adaptive reuses, infill, etc.  However, the City projects to reach 90% of build-out population by 2016 and 95% of build-out population by 2020.  On July 1, 2010, Chandler's population was estimated to be 85% of the build-out population. 

To view, download and print historical records of the City's monthly population estimates and Census numbers click on the following link:


1.United States Department of Commerce News. "Henderson, Nev. Is Nation's Fastest Growing Large City, Census Bureau Says." Economics and Statistics Administration, Bureau of the Census.  November 18, 1997.
2.United States Department of Commerce News.  Economics and Statistics Administration, Bureau of the Census.  July 10, 2003.
3.U.S. Census Bureau News. "Arizona, Nevada and California Cities Show Fastest Growth, Census Bureau Says." U.S. Department of Commerce News. June 24, 2004.

Housing Unit Method
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  • The population count from the last U.S. Census is used as a base.
  • At the end of each month, new housing units that received a certificate of occupancy or utility clearance are counted to estimate new additional population.  The number of people estimated for each housing unit depends on the type of unit (i.e. single family detached, duplex, multi-family, etc.).  This variable (people per unit by type of unit) is derived from the latest U.S. Census data.
  • Group Quarter (see below) population is added to the estimate.
  • Existing housing units that have been annexed into the City are added.
  • Housing units that have been demolished are subtracted from the estimate.
Get Adobe ReaderGroup quarters include nursing homes, hospital/wards, hospices and schools for the handicapped, juvenile institutions, prisons, college dormitories, fraternities, military quarters, group homes, religious group quarters, and other dormitories.