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City Guide
Questionable Neighborhoods

So you’re new to town. One of the first questions anyone has is naturally, “What areas do I avoid?” Well, since Ice-T lives in Chandler, just don’t go near his house. Kidding- I’m sure “Ice” is a very nice, reasonable man. Who happens to be the writer of a song called “Cop Killer.” But doesn’t he also play a cop on Law and Order? You’ll be fiiine.

Job Market

Intel employs the most Chandler citizens of any employer in the city. Several high-technology manufacturing firms (Orbital Sciences Corporation, Freescale Semiconductor) also setup shop in Chandler and actually employ 25% percent of all workers in the city. For this reason, a lot of transplants who came from out of state to work in Phoenix or thereabouts, end up renting a place in Chandler to further their careers. To illustrate how plain it is, Forbes magazine voted it one of the most boring cities in America 2 years ago. Think of it as a rest stop on the way to a better job/living arrangement five or so years in the future. And that’s not to say anything negative about Chandler, but it’s more of a temporary destination than a final one. Sort of like how your five minute “debut” in Girls Gone Wild a couple years ago was just temporary until your “acting career” took off. Welcome to Chandler! We’re glad you’re here!

What Are You Willing To Spend?

This will obviously determine the kind of apartments you can expect to find in Chandler, or anywhere for that matter. For a 1 bedroom place in Chandler, anticipate spending a minimum of $620 to $650 a month rent for an apartment with anywhere from 650 to 700 square feet. But for instance, say you are looking for a 2 bedroom with a price range of $850 to $1000 per month (average median rent in Chandler is just over $1,000 per month); Chandler is loaded with apartments of this ilk and generally a dollar in rent translates to about one square foot of apartment space. That amount of money will get you a nice place in a good, clean part of town (which the whole town is, excluding downtown) with access to strip malls, shopping and any other convenience that you could expect to find in a suburb of a major city.

Availability of Apartments

Availability of apartments in Chandler is never really a concern because there are so many around to house the tech-workers who cycle in and out. Residents are generally only in a space for a year or two; no one is renting an apartment and living there for ten years. A 12-month lease is the standard, but in case you just want to get your feet wet and see what Chandler is like, there is no shortage of “Temporary Housing” i.e. apartments or houses you can rent for a month or two. The town is primarily comprised of young professionals that are renting, or young professionals who work in Phoenix but didn’t want to overpay for a house in Phoenix. There’s a reason why the “median resident age” is just over 31 years old.

How Do I Get Around?

One of the areas that sorely lacks in and around Chandler is reliable public transportation. In fact, most locals don’t rely on it because it just really isn’t that great. Having a car is just about the only way to get around with any predictability. The City of Chandler just recently announced budget cuts will reduce the level of service from now until January of 2012, so don’t expect the public transportation option to improve any time soon.

Other Useful Info

One thing you must know about Chandler (and Arizona in general), especially if you’re a 20 or 30 something, (which the majority of the population is) is that it’s the home of the “Super Extreme DUI,” sort of like how Burger King is the home of the “Whopper”. Even though “Super Extreme DUI” sounds like Judd Apatow’s latest movie offering, it isn’t.

A “Super Extreme DUI” is if a drunk driver’s blood alcohol level is above .200 (“Whoa, how many Apple Pucker shots did you take, braaah??”) it carries a minimum jail term of 30 days. So just be smart, and don’t drink and drive, not like you would anyway, but since DUI laws vary so much from state to state it’s something to be aware of.

Chandler is good place to settle down if you’re trying to avoid the big city rush of Phoenix. The rent is reasonable and the living spaces are many, it’s just up to you to choose what area really fits you most. You really can’t go wrong, regardless of your decision.

Happy Hunting!

Rent Report

August 2017 Chandler Rent Report

Welcome to the August 2017 Chandler Rent Report. Chandler rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Chandler rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro and nation.

Chandler rents increased over the past month

Chandler rents have increased 0.6% over the past month, and are up significantly by 5.0% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Chandler stand at $1,030 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,280 for a two-bedroom. This is the second straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in May. Chandler's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 4.6%, as well as the national average of 2.9%.

Rents rising across the Phoenix Metro

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Chandler, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in the Phoenix metro, all of them have seen prices rise. Arizona as a whole has logged a 4.6% year-over-year growth. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

  • Mesa has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 6.4%. The median two-bedroom there costs $1,050, while one-bedrooms go for $840.
  • Phoenix proper has the least expensive rents in the Phoenix metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,020; rents were up 0.3% over the past month and 5.0% over the past year.
  • Gilbert has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the Phoenix metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,360; rents were up 3.4% over the past year but remained flat month-over-month.

Chandler rents more affordable than many large cities nationwide

As rents have increased in Chandler, a few large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more modestly, or in some cases, even decline. Chandler is still more affordable than most large cities across the country.

  • Chandler's median two-bedroom rent of $1,280 is above the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.9% over the past year.
  • While Chandler's rents rose over the past year, the city of Miami saw a decrease of 0.8%.
  • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Chandler than most large cities. Comparably, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $3,060, which is more than twice the price in Chandler.

For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.
City Median 1BR price Median 2BR price M/M price change Y/Y price change
Phoenix $820 $1,020 0.3% 5.0%
Mesa $840 $1,050 0.1% 6.4%
Chandler $1,030 $1,280 0.6% 5.0%
Glendale $870 $1,090 0.1% 5.6%
Scottsdale $1,010 $1,260 0.0% 3.5%
Gilbert $1,090 $1,360 0.1% 3.4%
Tempe $910 $1,130 0.6% 5.7%
Peoria $1,080 $1,340 0.2% 5.5%
Surprise $1,070 $1,330 -0.1% 3.9%
Avondale $970 $1,210 0.2% 3.2%
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Methodology - Recent Updates:

Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.


Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

Read more about our methodology here.

About Rent Reports:

Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.

Chandler Renter Confidence Survey
National study of renter confidence in the economy, homeownership, and cities
Here's how Chandler ranks on:
A+ Overall satisfaction
A Safety and crime rate
A Jobs and career opportunities
A- Recreational activities
A- Affordability
A+ Quality of schools
A Weather
A+ Commute time
B State and local taxes
C Public transit
A+ Pet-friendliness
Best Worst
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Overview of Findings

Apartment List has released results for Chandler from the second annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. The survey, which drew on responses from over 30,000 renters, provides insight into what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the 105 million American renters nationwide.

“According to our results, Chandler renters are very satisfied with their city,” says Andrew Woo, Director of Data Science at Apartment List. “They gave most categories above-average scores.”

Key findings in Chandler include the following:

  • Chandler renters give their city an A+ overall for satisfaction.
  • The highest-rated categories for Chandler were the quality of local schools, commute times, and pet friendliness, which all received an A+ score.
  • Other well-rated categories include local job and career opportunities (A), safety (A), and affordability (A-).
  • The only category to receive a below-average score from renters was access to public transit, which received a C.
  • Chandler has more satisfied renters than other Arizona cities like Phoenix (B-), Mesa (B-), and Glendale (B+).
  • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction included Arlington, VA; Lincoln, NE; Pasadena, CA; Boston, MA; and Madison, WI. The lowest rated cities included Newark, NJ; Bronx, NY; Bridgeport, CT; Baltimore, MD; and Salinas, CA.