2018 Best Suburbs to Raise a Family in Arizona - Gilbert & Chandler

Three hundred and thirty sunny days a year isn’t the only reason why people want to move to the Phoenix East Valley, which offers safe neighborhoods, great schools, and a myriad of family-oriented things to do. For parents looking to put down roots and buy and a new home in the Phoenix area, it can be overwhelming. They want to know:  Where are the best schools? Where is it safe to live? What’s the commute like? Big city living isn’t for everyone and that’s where the burbs come in. Suburbs have all of the benefits of being in close proximity to a big city without actually having to be one. Of course, not all Phoenix suburbs are created equal. The two Phoenix suburbs of Gilbert and Chandler recently received high marks once again, having been ranked #1 and #2 for the 2018 Best Suburbs to Raise a Family in Arizona category by Niche -- among other top rankings. These rankings are based on public schools, crime rates, cost of living, and family-friendly amenities. Niche is a website that compiles and analyzes the most up-to-date data available from dozens of public data sources along with millions of reviews from students, parents, and residents.  

Below is an overview of the outstanding Phoenix suburbs of Gilbert and Chandler:

Gilbert - Overall Niche Grade: A+

  • Population: 226,832 
  • Median Home Value: $264,700 
  • Median Household Income: $85,581

Gilbert Rankings

  • Best Suburbs to Raise a Family in Arizona #1 of 34
  • Best Places to Raise a Family in Arizona #1 of 138
  • Best Suburbs to Buy a House in Arizona #1 of 34

The town of Gilbert isn’t just one of the best Phoenix suburbs, it’s also a thriving community on its own with all the amenities a family could want and need. Located about 30 minutes from downtown Phoenix near Chandler and Mesa, this southeast valley suburb is safe, affordable, and the ideal community for raising a family. Gilbert is also a hub for the tech, healthcare and financial industries, offering a solid employment base and a quality lifestyle for families. The lower cost of living combined with a vast selection of family-oriented activities is why Gilbert continues to be one of the fastest growing areas in the Phoenix metro area. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy hiking at the Riparian at Water Ranch or playing a round of golf at one of Gilbert’s top-notch golf courses. The Gilbert Art Walk is a great way to discover new and emerging artists and meet other residents or take a stroll through Gilbert’s Heritage District, brimming with quaint boutiques and historic buildings. Residents can also enjoy a free concert at Freestone Park or spend the day shopping with the kids at SanTan Village, Gilbert’s popular outdoor mall. Homes buyers will find a wide range of homes for sale from comfortable starter homes to spacious executive-style homes in family-friendly communities. For more information about Gilbert homes for sale, please give Gilbert Real Estate Agent - Cathy Carter a call today at (480) 459-8488 or fill out the online contact form, and she will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have!

Chandler - Overall Niche Grade: A+

  • Population: 242,131
  • Median Home Value: $248,500
  • Median Household Income: $74,329

Chandler Rankings

  • Best Suburbs to Raise a Family in Arizona #2 of 34
  • Best Suburbs to Live in Arizona #1 of 34
  • Best Places to Live in Arizona #2 of 138

Located approximately 24 miles southeast of Phoenix, Chandler is a community on the rise. It's a perfect blend of family-friendly and cosmopolitan that includes an award-winning school district and an exciting downtown area. An affluent city with a thriving economy and a healthy, high-tech employment base, Chandler has been recognized as one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S. and one of the best cities to live, work and raise a family. Chandler has over 242,00 residents and plenty of family-oriented fun to offer. The upscale community offers a quality lifestyle with top-ranking schools, excellent services, a thriving business sector, an exciting art and cultural scene, world-class golf, numerous parks, an abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities, world-class dining and shopping destinations, including the upscale Chandler Fashion Center, and year-round sunshine. Home buyers will find plenty of affordable single-family homes with room to spread out in Chandler’s many family-friendly neighborhoods. Chandler is a wonderful community to put down roots, raise a family, and buy a home! For more information about Chandler homes for sale, please give Chandler REALTOR® - Cathy Carter a call today at (480) 459-8488 or fill out the online contact form, and she will be happy to answer any questions you may have!  

Chandler & Gilbert Real Estate Agent - Cathy Carter

Cathy Carter is an award-winning REALTOR® who has been serving the local community since 1994. As a licensed, professional REALTOR®, Cathy is committed to providing her clients with accurate, reliable and trustworthy information as they make one of the most important financial and personal decisions of their lives. Along with her friendly team of real estate experts, Cathy has over two decades of experience helping her clients buy and sell homes in Chandler and Gilbert. A resident of Southeast Valley herself, Cathy is keenly familiar with the local area and brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and expertise to every real estate transaction. Allow Cathy to be your guide and advocate throughout the home buying process and she will do whatever it takes to ensure that your experience is as stress-free and rewarding as possible!

Please give Chandler REALTOR® - Cathy Carter a call today at 480-459-8488 or fill out the online contact form, and she will be delighted to answer any questions you may have!  Work with Cathy for unmatched expertise!  

2450 S. Arizona Ave, Suite 1
Chandler, Arizona 85286
Cell: 480-459-8488
Toll-Free: 800-519-5578 

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Cathy has been in the Real Estate industry for over two decades in the Arizona market. She has the ability and confidence along with continued education that is necessary to succeed in this ever-changing market. Cathy specializes in difficult to move properties in the Chandler Area. Quick to respond to all tasks required. Equator Certified Platinum for Bank owned homes and Short Sales as well.


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