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2021 Top 100 Best Places to Live In America Sponsored by: See homes for sale on Movoto by OJO

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Education 69
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Housing 45
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#29. Chandler, AZ

Chandler, AZ is living in the future. This fast-growing tech hub is known as the “Community of Innovation” thanks to the exciting research and development that’s happening to make self-driving cars a reality and the companies that are pioneering space technology. The revitalized “hip-storic” downtown is bustling with boutiques, restaurants and breweries. Also, the city has delightfully zany traditions like a Christmas tree made out of tumbleweed and an annual Ostrich Festival

Top Colleges/Universities: Chandler-Gilbert Community College – Pecos Campus

Top Industries & Employers: High-tech manufacturing is a leading industry. Chandler is also a hotbed for autonomous vehicle research and development, aviation and aerospace and health care. Intel, Wells Fargo and Northrop Grumman are among the top employers. 

Weekend Plans: Stay local and catch a concert at the Chandler Center for the Arts. Or, go on a day trip to Jerome, a ghost town that’s now a funky art town.

Favorite Place to Feast: Floridino’s Pizza and Pasta has garnered fans of its pizza stuffed muffins you can order by the dozen.

Beloved Beverage: Devil’s Tale from SanTan Brewing Company is sinfully good. 

Outdoorsy Activity: Play 18 holes at San Marcos Golf Course, known historically as the first green grass golf course in Arizona. 

Rooftop Bar: Perch Brewery, which has a rooftop bar and 50 rescued tropical birds. 

Why Your Pet Will Love It, Too: Not your average dog park, Nozomi has obstacles like a see-saw, balance beam, tunnel and hurdles.  

Remote Work Perk: Chandler offers several coworking spaces, some with flexible drop-in rates. 

One More Thing … A Southwest holiday tradition for more than five decades, the annual Tumbleweed tree is built with 1,500 to 2,000 tumbleweeds, 1,200 lights, 65 pounds of glitter and a whole lot of paint. 

– Brittany Anas

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