These Are The 10 Worst Chandler Suburbs For 2019


We used science and data to determine which Chandler suburbs are the real pits.

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the worst suburbs around Chandler.

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Not everyone is cut out for city life. Some people would prefer to live in the cities and towns that surround Chandler.

So the question arises, do the suburbs maintain a semblance of the larger-than-life appeal of their more famous neighbor?

Today, we’ll use science and data to determine which Chandler ‘burbs need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Chandler area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the suburbs to live up to Chandler proper, although Paradise Valley certainly tries.

Of course, not all suburbs of Chandler are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado…

We examined the 22 biggest suburbs of Chandler to find out the worst places to live. And while you won’t necessarily find them on the worst places to live in Arizona lists, these ten places are a little too far downwind of Chandler in terms of quality of life.

Here are the 10 worst suburbs around Chandler for 2019:

  1. Coolidge (Photos)
  2. Guadalupe (Photos)
  3. Apache Junction (Photos)
  4. Casa Grande (Photos)
  5. Tolleson (Photos)
  6. Florence (Photos)
  7. Phoenix (Photos)
  8. Glendale (Photos)
  9. Avondale (Photos)
  10. Mesa (Photos)

Read on to see how we determined the places around Chandler that need a pick-me-up. And remember, don’t blame the messenger.

Or, if you’re thinking of moving to elsewhere in Arizona check out the best places in Arizona overall or the worst.

And remember, there are some good places to live around Chandler too.

Editor’s Note: If you see a slight difference between the worst in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it’s because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

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Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Chandler for 2019

To figure out how bad a place is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what cities have the least amount of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent American Community Survey data from 2013-2017, this is the criteria we used:

  • High unemployment rate
  • Low median household incomes
  • Low population density (no things to do)
  • Low home values
  • A lot of high school drop outs
  • High poverty
  • High rate of uninsured families

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Chandler.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 6,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 22 suburbs to evaluate around Chandler.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 22 in each category, where 1 was the “worst”.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the worst quality of life index the “Worst Suburb near Chandler.” We’re lookin’ at you, Coolidge.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the worst of the worst. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from worst to best.

Coolidge, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 12,221
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $40,718 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.3% (2nd highest)
Median Home Value: $88,200 (1st lowest)
More on Coolidge:  Data | Photos

We’ll get the ball rolling with Coolidge, the absolute worst place to live around Chandler according to the data.

And in the world of worst rankings, Coolidge beat the competition pretty handily thanks to scoring in the bottom 15% in three major categories. Income is the 3rd worst in the Chandler area, and to make matters worse, the city ranks 1st worst when it comes to home values.

But hey, at least it’s cheap to live there. But there’s a reason for that… it’s Coolidge.

You won’t feel bad about not having a great income for the area, there aren’t a bunch of places to spend your money anyway.

Guadalupe, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 6,270
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $28,491 (1st lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 15.3% (1st highest)
Median Home Value: $101,400 (3rd lowest)
More on Guadalupe:  Data | Photos

Welcome to Guadalupe. Home to KMart, Big Lots, and a lot of gas stations.

This city is 8.5 miles to Chandler. Income levels here are the 1st lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $28,491 a year, which doesn’t go a long ways even on a shoestring budget.

But on the bright side, there are a lot of fast food joints in the area.

Apache Junction, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 38,452
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Income: $39,119 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.3% (6th highest)
Median Home Value: $90,600 (2nd lowest)
More on Apache Junction:  Data | Photos

Back up the highway we go for the third worst Chandler suburb you can live in. You might have expected to see Apache Junction on here. While the cost of living is low, your entertainment and work options are limited. And that’s an understatement.

In terms of numbers, it’s in the worst 15% for insurance, and the adult high school drop out rate is poor compared to other Chandler suburbs.

But at least there are nice parks to bring the kids during the day.

Casa Grande, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 52,501
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Income: $46,357 (5th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.4% (4th highest)
Median Home Value: $131,800 (5th lowest)
More on Casa Grande:  Data | Photos

If you live in Casa Grande, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 5th lowest Chandler suburb when it comes to residents making money.

Not only that, but this is the 4th worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near Chandler. Remember, we looked at 22 cities for this study.

Casa Grande is about 26.5 miles to downtown.

Tolleson, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,052
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Income: $40,846 (4th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 4.1% (16th highest)
Median Home Value: $161,500 (6th lowest)
More on Tolleson:  Data | Photos

Tolleson has the distinction of being a Chandler suburb. Which means that’s about all it has going for it.

All snarkiness aside, Tolleson has the 6th lowest home values in the metro Chandler area, where the median price is $161,500. To put that into perspective, in Paradise Valley, the median income is $175,673, which is the best in the area.

Tolleson has an unemployment rate of 4.1% which ranks 15th worst.

Florence, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 26,066
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $47,188 (6th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.9% (3rd highest)
Median Home Value: $127,900 (4th lowest)
More on Florence:  Data | Photos

Florence has 26,066 residents that probably know it’s a pretty crummy place to live when you look at the data. (Or, if you’ve ever been there, you don’t need to look at the data.)

Incomes are towards the bottom and the poverty rate sits at 14.6%.

Phoenix, AZ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,574,421
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Income: $52,080 (9th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.9% (7th highest)
Median Home Value: $197,800 (11th lowest)
More on Phoenix:  Data | Photos

Ah, Phoenix. You rank as the 7th worst place to live around Chandler.

It’s the place with the 7th most out of work residents in the Chandler metro area (6.9%).

Glendale, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 241,543
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Income: $49,383 (7th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.3% (8th highest)
Median Home Value: $180,500 (9th lowest)
More on Glendale:  Data | Photos

Glendale is a city about 25.9 miles from Chandler, but Chandler probably wishes it was further away. It ranks as the 8th worst burb for 2018.

You’d be hard pressed to find a worse place to live. Glendale has the 4th most uninsured people, 7th worst incomes, and has the 8th highest unemployment rate (6.3%) in the entire Chandler metro area.

Homes only cost $180,500 for a reason. That’s cheap for Chandler standards.

Avondale, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 81,590
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Income: $56,585 (11th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.0% (10th highest)
Median Home Value: $174,800 (8th lowest)
More on Avondale:  Data | Photos

If you absolutely have to live near Chandler, then Avondale might be a place for you to consider as it’s only the 9th worst Chandler suburb.

About 6.0% of residents are out of work.

Mesa, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 479,317
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Income: $52,155 (10th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.0% (10th highest)
Median Home Value: $187,900 (10th lowest)
More on Mesa:  Data | Photos

Rounding out the ten worst Chandler suburbs to call home is Mesa.

Located 11.4 miles outside the city, Mesas is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 9th highest unemployment rate (6.0%), and poverty is far above the area average.

The areas around Chandler where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2019

Well there you have it — the worst of the ‘burbs surrounding Chandler with Coolidge casting itself ahead of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the suburbs around Chandler aren’t all bad. Paradise Valley takes the cake as the best place to live around Chandler.

  • Paradise Valley
  • Queen Creek
  • Gilbert

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Detailed List Of The Worst Chandler Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Coolidge 12,221 $40,718 $88,200
2 Guadalupe 6,270 $28,491 $101,400
3 Apache Junction 38,452 $39,119 $90,600
4 Casa Grande 52,501 $46,357 $131,800
5 Tolleson 7,052 $40,846 $161,500
6 Florence 26,066 $47,188 $127,900
7 Phoenix 1,574,421 $52,080 $197,800
8 Glendale 241,543 $49,383 $180,500
9 Avondale 81,590 $56,585 $174,800
10 Mesa 479,317 $52,155 $187,900
11 Tempe 178,339 $51,829 $237,200
12 Maricopa 46,248 $68,908 $170,300
13 Santa Cruz 63,993 $65,421 $750,600
14 Goodyear 74,953 $77,930 $256,900
15 Goodyear 74,953 $77,930 $256,900
16 Goodyear 74,953 $77,930 $256,900
17 Goodyear 74,953 $77,930 $256,900
18 Fountain Hills 24,047 $76,729 $387,800
19 Scottsdale 239,283 $80,306 $433,500
20 Gilbert 232,176 $87,566 $286,400
21 Queen Creek 33,298 $92,917 $312,000
22 Paradise Valley 13,961 $175,673 $1,406,700

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