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Chandler, AZ (Population: 234,939)

Chandler, Arizona lies just outside of Phoenix and is one of its major suburbs. Urban sprawl such as it is, Chandler encompasses a great deal of tract housing. Tract housing is characterized by cookie-cutter houses and is due largely to the fact that Chandler is very much a bedroom community, with many of its residents commuting to Phoenix to work.

In 1980, Chandler had a population of only 30,000. It has since matched the growth rate of Phoenix with a population of more than 230,000. Much of what was once agricultural has been replaced by suburban developments, fueled by several large manufacturing and technological companies such as Motorola and Intel who have plants and offices in the area.

As quickly as the population has grown, so has the cultured aspects of the area. Downtown Chandler was recently designated a National Registered Historic District offering eclectic art galleries and shops as well as award-winning restaurants. Nearby resorts are popular, as are the multiple championship level golf courses. Popular festivals include the Ostrich Festival, which celebrates the city's roots, the Chandler Jazz Festival and the desert's version of holiday lighting: the Tumbleweed Tree Lighting Festival.