Chandler Fun Facts

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#1 Chandler airport has the busiest FAA contract tower in the U.S.

#2 Chandler Airport started regular commercial service in the 1920s and is the 40th busiest in the country.

#3 Chandler was named the seventh hardest working city in the  country with residents working an average 1,165 hours per year.

#4 Since its opening in 1989, more than 2 million people have walked through the doors of the Chandler Center for the Arts.

#5 Folley Park was named after Zora Folley, a former City council member who was also a former heavyweight boxer who fought Muhammad Ali.

#6 The gray water produced by Chandler high-tech companies like Intel, provides the water for all the lakes of Ocotillo.

#7 The annual Tumbleweed tree is constructed from 1,500-2,000 tumbleweeds, 1,200 lights, 65 pounds of glitter and 25 pounds of paint.

#8 For 10 years running Chandler has received a “Playful City USA” award.

#9 The League of American Bicyclists named Chandler one of the U.S.’s most bicycle-friendly cities.

#10 “Chandler 87,” previously “Site 6” across from city hall, envisions more than 150,000 square feet of office space and from 500 to 700 new jobs.

#11 In 1912, downtown Chandler consisted of three wooden shacks –  a town-site office, dining hall and the Morrison grocery.

#12 The San Marcos Hotel was named after the Franciscan Friar Marcos de Niza, believed to be the first European settler in the valley.

#13 Dr. Alexander J. Chandler was actually a Canadian from Quebec.

#14 Architect Frank Lloyd Wright and Dr. A.J. Chandler had drawn up plans for a second San Marcos Resort in 1930 but was never built because of the Great Depression.

#15 Mayor Jay Tibshraeny is the president of the AZ League of Cities.

#16 The First National Bank was founded in Chandler in 1920.

#17 Espenoza’s Food Center opened in 1957.

#18 The Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival won a Zonie Award in 2016 for Best Festival.

#19 There is a crematorium in Chandler called Crazy Carl’s Crematorium actually owned by none other than Crazy Carl.

#20 The McCullough-Price House, now the Chandler Museum, was once owned by Dr. A.J. Chandler’s niece, Louise Price.

#21 Chandler Heights is actually an unincorporated community.

#22 Chandler was named in the top 100 best cities for young people five times.

#23 Dr. A.J. Chandler brought the valley’s very first veterinary practice to Chandler.

#24 There are over 50,000 feet of skylights at Chandler Fashion Center.

#25 The average temperature in Chandler is 85 degrees.

#26 Chandler enjoys six aquatic centers.

#27 Women own 31.7 percent of the businesses in Chandler.

#28 Population density of Chandler is 4,393 people per square mile.

#29 Chandler has experienced zero snow days.

#30 The median age in Chandler is 34.1 years.

#31In 1960, Chandler’s population was 9,531.

#32 Today, Chandler’s population is over 250,000.