Community Profile and Demographics

The City of Chandler, Arizona was founded in 1912 and incorporated in 1920. Since its early beginnings, Chandler is a vibrant, diverse community. Below is a brief community profile:

  • Economic Change - From agricultural town toward a high-tech industrial city
  • Growing Population - 9,531 in 1960 to 280,840 as of Oct. 1, 2021
  • Housing Units - 110,294 as of Oct. 1, 2021
  • Average Household Income - $99,000 in 2018
  • Incorporated Area - 64.90 square miles
  • Centerline Street Miles - 781
  • Developed Parks - 64
  • Diverse Community (Source: 2020 Census-Maricopa Association of Governments)
    • White: 58.4%
    • Hispanic or Latino: 22.6%
    • Asian: 12.0%
    • Black or African American: 6.0%

The City operates under the Council-Manager form of government in which policy-making and administration are two separate entities. The following takes place under this form of government:

  • Only elected officials can set policy
  • City Councilmembers select and supervise a professional City Manager
  • The City Manager serves as the chief executive whose main responsibilities include appointing department heads and overseeing the day-to-day operations of City government

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