Chandler, AZ Economic Overview
The City of Chandler began as an experiment by the man whose name it bears, Dr. Alexander John Chandler. The veterinary surgeon bought 80 acres of land in the largely arid Salt River Valley and started implementing revolutionary irrigation engineering. By the turn of the century, he was the proud owner of an 18,000-acre ranch, where he envisioned the city. In 1920, only a decade later, Chandler was a fully-fledged town with an elected mayor.
Built through entrepreneurial spirit, technology and innovation, Chandler is a great community to live and work in. It is one of the U.S.’s fastest growing cities and an increasingly preferred location for new and booming businesses.
Chandler made its name as an agricultural economy, largely based in the cotton industry. However, several other industries have since taken root. Manufacturing is currently the biggest, with a bias in electronics. Intel Corporation leads the park with four locations within the city limits. Other top area manufacturers are Microchip Technology, alongside several smaller companies that operate in partnership with the state. Apart from manufacturing, other industries with significant stakes in the local economy are healthcare, finance, construction, aerospace and retail.
Chandler, AZ Commercial Real Estate Market
The Chandler commercial real estate market is part of the Greater Phoenix commercial market.
The Chandler office space market registered a vacancy rate increase of 0.3 percentage points, to 16.5%, in early 2017. With new and expanding businesses setting up shop in Greater Phoenix, the office market disruption is expected to be temporary. The Chandler office lease rates, which continued to rise consistently, reached $23.76.
The Chandler industrial market fared better, as high absorption rates pushed the vacancy rate below the 10% mark. This was especially impressive since the last time the industrial market vacancy rate was a single digit was in 2007, before the recession. The amount of industrial space taken up in Greater Phoenix during the first quarter of 2017 surpassed 2 million square feet.
The Chandler retail market had a strong start in 2017 and exceeded expectations. More than 700,000 square feet of retail space were occupied. These are impressive numbers, given that the average absorption rate per quarter was 500,000 square feet, in the previous 5 years. The asking rents per square foot averaged $13.98. Retail space sales remained steady, with an average price per square foot registering just over the $100 mark.
The worst hit commercial real estate market in Greater Phoenix was medical office space. Whereas the other three markets experienced a positive space absorption rate, the medical office market has a net negative absorption rate. This drove the vacancy rates upward. The vacancy rates are expected to rise even higher, as new medical office projects are slated to go online.
Chandler, AZ Office Rental Rates ($/SF/year)
Data provided by Yardi Matrix, for properties larger than 50K SF.
Chandler, AZ Office Sales
Data provided by Yardi Matrix, for properties larger than 50K SF, which sold at over $5M.
Chandler, AZ Commercial Inventory Breakdown
Total: 15,459,756 SF
By square footage range:
- 50k to 100k SF: 3,577,980 SF / 23.14% of total office
- 100k to 500k SF: 11,361,776 SF / 73.49% of total office
- 500k to 1M SF: 520,000 SF / 3.36% of total office
- Class A: 5,687,746 SF / 36.79% of total office
- Class B: 3,745,968 SF / 24.23% of total office
- Class C: 238,783 SF / 1.54% of total office
Total: 20,703,910 SF
By square footage range:
- 50k to 100k SF: 3,195,583 SF / 15.43% of total industrial
- 100k to 500k SF: 11,788,820 SF / 56.94% of total industrial
- 500k to 1M SF: 2,451,814 SF / 11.84% of total industrial
- > 1M SF: 3,267,693 SF / 15.78% of total industrial
- Class A: 12,220,134 SF / 59.02% of total industrial
- Class B: 7,007,941 SF / 33.85% of total industrial
- Class C: 162,640 SF / 0.79% of total industrial
Office Spaces with Retail
Total: 11,510,035 SF
By square footage range:
- 50k to 100k SF: 3,783,212 SF / 32.87% of total office with retail
- 100k to 500k SF: 6,724,167 SF / 58.42% of total office with retail
- > 1M SF: 1,002,656 SF / 8.71% of total office with retail
Employment in Chandler, AZ
Chandler takes pride in a robust employment base dominated by white-collar jobs. It continues to attract highly skilled workers from all over the country, who blend effortlessly into Chandler’s welcoming community. Its unemployment rate of 4.5% is slightly lower than the national average of 4.7%. Over the next 10 years, jobs in Chandler are expected to grow by 41.84%. As far as income is concerned, the median household income is just over $72,000, and the income per capita is $32,092. These are higher than the national averages of $53,482 and $28,555, respectively.
According to the City of Chandler, the 10 biggest employers are:
- Intel Corp., with 11,000 workers;
- Candler Unified School District, which has a base of 4,900 employees;
- Wells Fargo, with 4,500 employees;
- The Bank of America, with 3,800 employees;
- Verizon Wireless, with 2,400 workers;
- Chandler Regional Medical Centre is the biggest hospital in the area and employs 2,100;
- Online financial services company PayPal has 1,750 employees;
- Orbital ATK, an aerospace launch company, has 1,650 workers;
- Microchip technology, a microprocessor manufacturer, with 1,625 employees;
- The City of Chandler rounds out the list, with 1,590 employees.
Education in Chandler, AZ
Chandler has a solid education system that is highly rated both in the state of Arizona and nationally. Its five public school districts, together with its several private and charter schools, have traditionally exceeded both state and national averages in standardized test score results.
Chandler is part of the Greater Phoenix area that has access to first-class universities, colleges and other specialized institutions. Most notable is Arizona State University, which is currently expanding with a campus in Downtown Chandler.
Overall, Chandler residents are well educated, with 75% of them having completed some form of college education.
Commuting Time in Chandler, AZ
According to Zip Atlas, the average commute time in the City of Chandler is 25.6 minutes. This is only a minute less than the commute time in Phoenix, which has about six times Chandler’s population. Within Chandler, the commute times range between 23.5 and 28.3 minutes.\
- Total Population252,692
- Male Population(49.4 %) 124,827
- Female Population(50.6 %) 127,865
- Median Age36.30
- Average Household Income$106,392
- Median Household Income$82,925
- Median Income Under 25$47,267
- Median Income 25-44$89,056
- Median Income 45-64$101,929
- Median Income Over 65$54,339
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