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Southwest Mobile Storage - Best Mobile Storage & Office Containers In Chandler, AZ

Southwest Mobile Storage is a family-owned shipping container business founded in 1995. Our strength for more than 25 years comes from the specialized knowledge and passion of our people, along with serving over 24,000 commercial, construction and residential customers. Our facility and expertise in maintaining, manufacturing, and delivering corrugated steel containers is unrivaled in the industry.

While the rental side of our business is regional with branches throughout the Southwest, our container sales and modification operations are nationwide and becoming global. Chandler, AZ offers a wide selection of portable offices and mobile storage containers you can rent, buy or modify.

Our experts in container rental, sales and customization are committed to providing you the highest quality and best experience from service to delivery - our reputation depends on it.

Whether your need is for storage, office space, moving, multi-purpose or custom use, we've got your back. Here's how:

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NO MATTER YOUR NEED, WE'VE GOT YOUR BACK.

STORE AT YOUR LOCATION

We bring your storage container to you for convenient, easy access at your home, business or jobsite. Plus, you'll get more choice in storage space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of a pod or add on building, saving money and energy.

STORE AT OUR LOCATION

Not enough room to keep a storage container at your business, home or construction site? No problem - we can store it for you. Plus, you get 70% more space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of public storage units.

CUSTOM STORAGE

Need a permanent storage solution for your business, residence or construction? We sell new and used shipping containers in many sizes with a variety of add-ons. Or customize a container to your specific storage needs with our certified fabrication experts.

LOCAL MOVE

Take your time packing with our moving containers. We'll deliver to your business or home and pick it up whenever you're ready to move. So, you don't have to stress about moving or making multiple trips in one day, like if you rented a moving truck.

LONG-DISTANCE MOVE

Our moving container solutions ensure the long-distance move of your home or business is highly efficient and affordable throughout the southwest. In fact, we usually cost 20%-40% less than full-service movers.

MOVING & STORAGE

We understand move-in and move-out dates might be different. We can store your moving container at our highly secure facilities until you're ready to move to your new home or business location, and you can conveniently access it at any time.

OFFICE USE

Whether you need a workspace, conference room, or other office requirement, our ground-mounted mobile offices meet any and all of your business needs. Plus, it's faster and easier than building additions.

BUSINESS USE

If you need your shipping container to serve multiple uses, such as office-storage combos, breakrooms and even utilities, we've got you covered. We'll modify a custom container to fit your business needs and bring your business to the next level

CUSTOM USE

We'll create a custom container to fit your unique needs anywhere in the US. With our container modification expertise, we make any idea a reality. From pop-up stores to multi-story structures, our unrivaled facilities and fabrication experts do it all.

You'll get your own dedicated storage and container expert to serve as your one point of contact for easy, convenient service you can trust.
With our wide selection of intermodal containers for sale and rent, you'll find exactly what you need, from size, to type and condition.
We maintain our rental fleet to the highest standard - our integrity depends on it.
Our certified, experienced Conex container modification experts have more than 500 years combined experience modifying ISO containers.
All of our containers come with high security dual-locking system for no additional charge, so you can rest assured your stored items stay safe and that you don't have to pay extra for it.
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At our unrivaled 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility, ensuring your custom shipping container is made exactly to your specifications.
With our level of service, quality and expertise, you won't find a better value anywhere else.
Our portable offices include lighting and electrical outlets, internet hookups, HVAC and were crafted by our in-house steel container fabrication experts for top-quality construction.

Premium Quality - High Security

With Southwest Mobile Storage, you get much more than a POD or typical Conex box. You also get high security, unparalleled service and unmatched container modification expertise and facilities. No other company offers that much.

Shipping containers and storage containers come in a range of sizes. The most common external lengths are 20ft and 40ft with a width of 8ft. ISO Containers are typically 8ft 6in tall, but high cube containers are 9ft 6in tall. We also have steel containers in a variety of sizes from 10ft long to 45ft long to rent or buy, and we can modify shipping containers into any size you want.

 Rent Storage Containers Chandler, AZ

SMS Mobile Storage Containers have these high quality features:

1/8" thick steel plate bottom side rails
High strength steel supporting cross members
1 1/8" thick hardwood floor with galvanized self-tapping screws
16-gauge corrugated steel walls
16-gauge roof
270-degree swing cargo door(s)
High security dual-locking system*
Spot-grinded, primed & repainted with a beige high-grade water reducible alkyd direct-to-metal enamel*
* Comes standard on all rental units

SMS portable workspace containers have these structural features:

High security window bars, lever & deadbolt set with lock box
Studs & R-19 Insulation covered with wood paneling
1 1/8" marine board floor is covered with a durable single part gray epoxy coating
Dual pane low-E horizontal sliding windows with screens and miniblinds
18 Gauge steel polystyrene core 3-hour fire rated personnel door
All of our workspaces are manufactured in-house and arrive new or restored to factory specifications
Exterior load center operating on 100 Amp single phase 230 Volt power
Light switch, receptacles and 4' light fixtures; all wiring is Romex 12/2
CAT-6 voice and data lines with electrical junction box
HVAC units ranging from 1 ton to 2 ton on rentals; ability to customize up to 10 tons of cooling

Having flexible storage containers options is important, but security is crucial to protect your peace of mind and your possessions.

At Southwest Mobile Storage, we don't believe in leaving things to chance. We want you to rest easy knowing your inventory, documents, tools, equipment and other items are safe 24/7. That is why we equip SMS high-security slide bolt locking systems and lockboxes on our entire fleet of rental freight containers.

EVERY ONE OF OUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINERS FOR RENT IN Chandler, AZ, INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY MEASURES:

High-security slide-bolt locking system and extra-long lock box, giving you twice the security and peace of mind.
No holes to ensure your rental shipping container is wind and water-tight.
No rust for your safety.
14-gauge corrugated steel for strength and reinforcement.

Contact us to speak with a helpful, friendly representative to better understand our full range of capabilities. We are happy to answer any questions you have, go over pricing and set up a time and place to deliver your Conex box. Our quotes are 100% free and you are under no obligation to pay for your consultation.

COMMERCIAL STORAGE CONTAINERS TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY IN Chandler, AZ

When you own a business or manage one, it's crucial to have efficient, affordable ways to store inventory and supplies, whether it's to grow your business or adapt to changes in the market, like the many caused by the pandemic.

Renting storage containers to keep at your business eliminates the cost and hassles of sending your staff to offsite storage facilities. Steel containers with roll up doors make storing and retrieving items faster and easier. Auto repair shops and other businesses that need easy access throughout the workday to secure storage for tools, parts, equipment or supplies find renting shipping containers to be the best solution for their business storage needs. Southwest Mobile Storage has your back.

 Storage Containers For Rent Chandler, AZ

Renting portable offices gives your business more workspace, breakrooms, pop up stores, security booths and more, without the cost and red tape associated with constructing building additions. Plus, a steel storage container fits neatly into one parking space and provides much stronger security than Pods and way more convenience than self-storage units.

If you have a specific need, we can modify shipping containers to build whatever you need to grow your business. Whether it's a portable workspace to run your business, like a pop-up container bar, or a durable facility for scientific research, like a container laboratory, or even a container gym, our unrivaled fabrication facility and modification experts got you covered. Our full-time, in-house staff of certified welders, engineers, electricians, carpenters and painters have over 500 years combined experience modifying thousands of container projects for just about any business use you can imagine.

WHETHER YOUR BUSINESS IS COMMERCIAL, HEALTHCARE, GOVERNMENT OR EDUCATION, OR YOUR INTEREST IS TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY SHIPPING CONTAINERS, SMS HAS YOU COVERED:

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Offsite storage alternatives cause a mess of hassles and headaches. Expanding office space and storage capacity at your location saves time, money and hassle of making multiple trips offsite.
We offer more choice in security, size and features in steel Conex boxes or ISO shipping containers than a public storage unit or Pod for less cost and far greater service.
We offer flexible, month-to-month rental agreements and prorate by the day after your first 28-day billing cycle.
With us, you get a dedicated account manager you can rely on, so you can focus on running your business than waste time with a different person every time you call that doesn't know or care as much.
While other companies may have some staff for modifying containers, most outsource the work, so you don't know who is actually doing the modifications or how much they're marking up the price.
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When you modify a shipping container for your business, you won't have to worry about expensive, lengthy and complicated construction.
We have modified thousands of containers nationwide and internationally for more than 25 years for NASA, US Navy, GCP Applied Technologies, Helix and Sundt to name a few. And rent containers to Amazon, Walmart and many of other nationally recognized brands.
Our extensive staff makes it possible to custom build multiple projects simultaneously and our 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility prevents contaminants from interfering with fabrication, which delivers better quality and precision.

CUSTOM CONTAINERS FOR YOUR HOME IN Chandler, AZ

Building additions to your home can be very expensive and requires going through the hassle of securing permits and waiting for construction. You can save money, time and stress by modifying a shipping container instead. Whether you need additional space for a home gym, recreation or storage, we can convert steel containers into anything you can imagine. Our custom container gyms, man-caves or she-sheds, garages and more give you the extra space you need without the hassle, cost and wait that comes with home renovation.

Renting shipping containers for temporary storage, either when moving or dealing with restoration from a fire or flood, provides a secure, convenient way to keep your belongings close for accessing them whenever you need to. Plus, renting mobile storage containers for moving costs less than traditional movers and allows you to take your time packing, reducing the stress that comes from moving. You can also rent portable offices for your home to make working remotely distraction-free.

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HERE'S WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE US TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY A SHIPPING CONTAINER FOR YOUR HOME:

With an extensive in-house staff and 90,000 sq ft container modification facility, we're able to deliver consistently high quality and work on multiple projects simultaneously for a fast turnaround.

Other companies don't have the facility, staff or resources to modify shipping containers and will outsource the work to various shops who may not have the special experience or tools needed to modify the right way.

You can rest assured knowing your custom container is safe in our hands. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications through every step of the process.

Renting a moving container from us makes your move much less stressful because you won't have to rush to pack your whole house into a moving truck in one day. Instead, you can take your time packing over the course of a month.

Our ISO shipping containers are weatherproof and come with vault-like security, so you don't have to worry about theft or damage to your belongings.

You won't get that level of security from U-Haul or other moving truck companies.

Renting a storage container at your home keeps your belongings close and gives you convenient 24/7 access, so you're always able to retrieve the contents of your container when you need to.

We know move in and move out dates don't always line up. We can store your packed rental container at our secure facility until your new home is ready.

With our mobile storage containers for rent in Chandler, AZ, you can save up to 40% when compared to full-service long-distance movers, while gaining more flexibility in your schedule.

MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINERS & PORTABLE OFFICES TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY IN Chandler, AZ

We know your needs may change suddenly. With our extensive inventory and variety of sizes of portable offices and shipping containers to rent, buy or modify in Chandler, AZ, we provide fast service and the best value possible so it's easy for you to get whatever you need when you need it.

Renting storage containers and portable offices from us gives you more flexibility when it comes to your schedule and options. If you don't have enough space at your current location or simply would prefer offsite storage, you can keep your rental storage and office containers at your location or ours - whichever is most convenient for you. You also get more options to choose from when it comes to size and features, like portable offices with divided rooms for private meetings or office/storage combos for storage and office space in one container. All while costing a fraction of the price of a pod or self-storage facility.

You can also buy new or used freight containers from us and choose from a variety of add-ons, including lights, electricity, doors and windows. Or fully customize a shipping container to save time, money and energy by skipping the expensive, lengthy process of constructing building additions. We can modify a Conex box into whatever you can imagine for any use you need, from construction tool cribs to office buildings, monitoring stations, mobile communication towers and much more. The possibilities are endless.

HERE'S HOW WE'VE GOT YOUR BACK:

You'll never face hidden fees or surprises with us. We give you transparent billing up front at the best prices.

With us, you get a reliable, dedicated point of contact, who keeps you updated every step of the way. You can rest assured knowing you'll always get what you need, when you need it.

No other company has the breadth and depth of staff and experience that we do when it comes to modifying shipping containers. Our certified welders, engineers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters and painters have more than 500 years of combined experience in fabricating custom steel containers.

We prorate your rent by the day after the first 28-day billing cycle, so you don't have to pay for a full month when you only have your mobile containers and offices for a few days.

While other companies may be able to do small container modifications, most don't have an in-house fabrication staff or 90,000 sq ft fabrication facility like we do. As a result, they outsource the work on your custom container, so you don't know who's actually building it.

Rest assured knowing your modified shipping container will be built to the highest quality standards. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors check every step of the fabrication process to ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications.

HOW RENTING A STORAGE CONTAINER AND MOBILE OFFICE WORKS

Whether you're in need of a storage container for your commercial business, a portable office for your construction site, or a moving container for your home, our process is simple and straightforward.

Choose Your Container

Choose the mobile storage solution that works best for your needs. In this step, you will let us know the number of containers you need, their sizes and what types of doors to equip.

Choose Your Options

Let us know if you would like to add any of our rental options, like a folding table or shelving.

Choose Your Security

Choose from padlocks, puck locks and other enhanced security options. All of our storage containers come standard with dual-locking, vault-like security.

Choose Your Delivery Timeframe

You can expect standard delivery within 3-5 days of your order. If you need expedited delivery, we will do everything in our power to accommodate your needs.

Pick-Up Planning

Do you need to keep your shipping container at our location? Prefer to have our team deliver your packed container to a location of your choice? Let us know, and we'll be by your side to work out the logistics.

HOW RENTING A STORAGE CONTAINER AND MOBILE OFFICE WORKS

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DETERMINE DESTINATION

Let our team know where we should deliver your mobile storage container for rent in Chandler, AZ. Be sure to let us know if there are any special conditions that might prevent our drivers from entering your chosen destination. Before you schedule your delivery, let us know which direction you would like the doors of your container to face.

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SCHEDULE DATE & TIME

Our drivers can deliver your storage container Monday-Friday, between the hours of 6AM and 2PM local time. Our two-hour delivery window is the most precise in the industry. If you desire another delivery time outside of our standard delivery options, we will do our best to accommodate your needs. As a courtesy, our driver will call you at least 30 minutes before they arrive at your drop-off destination.

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PREPARE FOR YOUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINER DELIVERY

Before we deliver your Conex box, prepare your delivery area by ensuring that there are no low overhangs, arches, wires, trees or any other obstacles that could interfere with your delivery. It's a good idea to mark the space where you would like your steel container placed.

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DELIVERY & SETUP

When our driver arrives, they will back our truck into the space where you would like your shipping container placed. Once we arrive, we will ensure that your container is delivered safely and securely. If placed on asphalt or pavement, we will use wood dunnage pads to make sure your ground surface is protected and the container is level.

HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT MOBILE CONTAINERS TO Rent, Buy OR Modify IN Chandler, AZ?

Check out our FAQ page or reach out to our helpful customer service team today @

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Latest News in Chandler, AZ

Experience Chandler for the Holidays

CHANDLER, Ariz. – There is no shortage of festive holiday events in Chandler this season. From the beloved Tumbleweed Tree Lighting to holiday shopping to free library events, you’ll find your favorite way to celebrate.Chandler for the Holidays starts with a visit to the Tumbleweed Tree, which will be on display from Dec. 3 to Jan. 2, 2023 and selfies with the Sugar...

CHANDLER, Ariz. – There is no shortage of festive holiday events in Chandler this season. From the beloved Tumbleweed Tree Lighting to holiday shopping to free library events, you’ll find your favorite way to celebrate.

Chandler for the Holidays starts with a visit to the Tumbleweed Tree, which will be on display from Dec. 3 to Jan. 2, 2023 and selfies with the Sugarland display. Keep the tradition going with tickets to Ballet Etude’s The Nutcracker, a family photo with the man in red at Santa’s House and shopping during Small Business Saturday and Chandler Museum Store Sunday.

And while you shop, get an extra toy or two for Chandler Fire Department’s annual Toy Drive and be sure to keep little elves, and teens, busy with free holiday craft workshops, movie matinees and other themed events hosted by Chandler Public Library.

Check out why the holidays are best spent in Chandler and mark your calendar for these fun-filled events. Advance tickets are necessary for some attractions and times and dates vary for select events. For more details, visit Chandler for the Holidays.

Nov. 25-27, Dec. 2-4Ballet Etudes Presents The Nutcracker A feast for the eyes and ears with colorful costumes paired with Tchaikovsky's original score, Ballet Etudes' Nutcracker is the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season with the entire family.

Nov. 26 – Jan. 2, 2023 Sugarland The Downtown Chandler Community Partnership is celebrating the holiday season with “Sugarland”, an interactive display of holiday decorations for downtown visitors to enjoy in Dr. A.J. Chandler Park West. It’s the perfect backdrop for family photos as dine and shop in Downtown Chandler. Don’t miss the Sugarland Reveal party on Nov. 26 from 4-6 p.m. Be the first to see the displays and enjoy the Funergy show with holiday-themed music and games.

Nov. 26 Small Business Saturday Find unique holiday gifts by shopping at the independent retailers in Downtown Chandler. Live musical performances will add to the fun.

Nov. 27 Chandler Museum Store Sunday Kick off the shopping season and be a patron at the Chandler Museum. The Chandler Museum Store features gifts for all ages, including locally made pieces that capture the culture, history, and art of Chandler. On Museum Store Sunday, shoppers will enjoy 10% off all purchases from 1-5 p.m.

Dec. 3 Chandler Fire Department Toy Drive Make the holidays a little brighter for Chandler children in need by donating a new, unwrapped toy from 2-8 p.m. Each donation will be rewarded with a ride in a fire truck. Donations will be accepted at the south entrance of the mall, near the food court valet area. In addition, Chandler Fire will accept donations from Nov. 14-Dec. 12 at all fire stations and the Fire Administration Headquarters at 151 E. Boston St.

Dec. 3 Tumbleweed Tree Lighting and Parade of Lights Bring the whole family to celebrate the season with the glowing Parade of Lights, visits with Santa and other activities for kids and the lighting of the iconic Tumbleweed Tree.

Dec. 8, 10, 17 Santa’s House Santa! You know him and he’s coming to Downtown Chandler on select evenings in December. Visit with him at Santa’s House, share your wish list and get a free photo courtesy of the Chandler Lions Club.

Dec. 10 Sippin’ Santas “Sleigh” Downtown Chandler during the annual Sippin’ Santa self-guided pub crawl. Wear your best Santa costume and enjoy $4 specialty drinks, food and fun at the merriest restaurants in town.

Dec. 10-18 Tempe Dance Academy Presents 35th Annual Spirit of Christmas This holiday tradition is an energetic variety show with more than 100 dancers, singers, a horse and carriage, special guest performers and a champion hoop dancer.

Dec. 13 Family Memories: Pictures in front of the Tumbleweed Tree Make a lasting memory and have your photos taken in front of the Tumbleweed Tree by a professional photographer. Pictures are free and will be available for download on the City’s website.

Dec. 16 The Doo Wop Project Get into the spirit with old school holiday classics and contemporary favorites sung by the talented Doo Wop Project.

Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve Celebration: Broadway Showstoppers Celebrate New Year’s Eve with the greatest hits from Broadway, from shows like Rent, Hamilton and Chicago, with six powerhouse vocalists and the Showtune Productions’ live orchestra. Then ring in the New Year with a champagne toast and party favors.

Chandler Library – Free Holiday Activities

All four branches of the Chandler Public Library (CPL) will host a variety of free programs and events to celebrate the season. Registration is required for some programs. The four CPL branches are: Basha Library, 5990 S. Val Vista Drive; Downtown Library, 22 S. Delaware St.; Hamilton Library, 3700 S. Arizona Ave.; and Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Road.

Chandler Public Library holiday happenings include crafts, movies, gift making, games, storytelling and more. Below is just a sample of the free activities. For more information and additional seasonal activities, please visit the Chandler Public Library website.

Dec. 3Hamilton Homemade Holidays The Hamilton Teen Advisory Group presents a gift making workshop for kids while their parents can relax and watch a holiday movie at the Hamilton Library.

Movie Matinees

Teen Winter Movie Matinee at Basha Library from 2:15 to 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 5

Movie Mondays for Teens: The Nightmare Before Christmas at Sunset Library, 3-4:30 p.m. on Dec. 5

Monday Movie Matinee: Home Alone at Chandler Downtown Library from 4-6 p.m. on Dec. 5

Holiday Movie Matinee at Hamilton Library from 2-4 p.m. on Dec. 10 and Dec. 17

Movie Mondays for Teens: Elf at Sunset Library, 3-4:30 p.m. on Dec. 12

Dec. 6Winter Wonderland Extravaganza! Chandler Downtown Library pumps up the fun with winter games, snacks, crafts, music, storytelling and more.

Dec. 7 Winter Wonderland: Frozen Storytime with Queen ElsaCome to Basha Library to sing and dance to Frozen-themed songs and enjoy a book read by Queen Elsa! The storytime will also include crafts and a photo opportunity with the ice queen.

Dec. 13Noche de Cuentos Bring your family to Chandler Downtown Library for an evening with stories, family customs, Mexican hot chocolate and cookies. Learn how oral history and the power of storytelling unite our community. Dr. Rafael A. Martinez will lead this program and share how the Latino community in Chandler preserves its traditions. Each family will leave with a recipe book they will co-create while talking and learning about their own family traditions. The exhibit, "Sharing Our Heritage: Chandler Latino Voices" will be on display during this event. Enjoy traditional Mexican cookies and hot chocolate as Dr. Martinez leads a walk along through the exhibit. This program is in partnership with the REFORMA, Chandler Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, and the Chandler Museum.

Dec. 16Grab & Go: Snowflake Crafts All library branches will offer a free Grab & Go Activity Kit for young children. Make snowflake crafts to decorate and display a family photo.

Dec. 20DIY Teen Ornaments Teenagers can explore their creativity and design a personalized winter ornament at Chandler Downtown Library. All materials will be provided.

Media Contact:Toni Smith City of Chandler, Communications Manager 480-782-2701

Chandler among 50 best U.S. cities if you are a remote worker

With remote work migration on the rise, we uncovered the most desirable cities to move to across the nation if you work remotely. In particular, cities in the nation’s Southeast — led by Greenville, S.C., Raleigh, N.C. and West Palm Beach, Fla., proved to be the best locations for working remotely this year by offering the best mix of features, affordability and remote work-readiness. Chandler ranks No. 32 among the best U.S. cities if you are a remote worker. That is the highest ranking for any Arizona city.Nowadays, if y...

With remote work migration on the rise, we uncovered the most desirable cities to move to across the nation if you work remotely. In particular, cities in the nation’s Southeast — led by Greenville, S.C., Raleigh, N.C. and West Palm Beach, Fla., proved to be the best locations for working remotely this year by offering the best mix of features, affordability and remote work-readiness. Chandler ranks No. 32 among the best U.S. cities if you are a remote worker. That is the highest ranking for any Arizona city.

Nowadays, if your job is fully remote, it’s common to say goodbye to your hometown and move somewhere else for a few months (or forever) in search of a better, cheaper life. In fact, the internet abounds with stories of people who did exactly that. A recent Upwork study unveiled that 4.9 million Americans have already relocated due to remote work and almost 19 million more are predicted to do so in the near future.

However, if you’re going to upend your life and go through the trouble of moving across the country, you should choose your new location carefully. That’s why we created a unique index that shows you the cities in the U.S. where remote workers truly get the best value for their money, as well as the best features for a great work/life mix.

With this purpose in mind, we analyzed and weighted 19 relevant metrics for 150 cities, using proprietary and external data, such as cost of living, apartments with short-term leases, rental demand, number of high-quality apartments, short-term rentals, rental rates, coworking spaces, percentage of remote workers, internet speed, and much more. The final city ranking is determined by the combined score in all 19 metrics.

So, if you’re ready to move, look toward the South and Southeast, where we identified several cities that offer the perfect balance between comfort, value, leisure and remote work-readiness. Specifically, Greenville, SC, Raleigh and Durham, NC, West Palm Beach, FL, and Tampa, FL came up on top as the most desirable places for remote workers. Other towns in Texas, Georgia, Alabama and Maryland rounded out the top 10.

Renters Who Work from Home Do It Best in the South or Southeast

Here are the top 50 U.S. cities where you’d want to move if you are a remote worker:

Where Did Chandler Get Its Tumbleweed Tree?

According to the legend, a fire in late 1956 or early 1957 destroyed all of the Christmas decorations in Chandler and the town replaced them with a tree made of tumbleweeds, and a tradition was born.Although entertaining folklore, news articles at the time point to a less theatrical origin of the City’s iconic holiday emblem. In 1957, Arizona Public Service replaced the light poles in Downtown Chandler with poles that were too flimsy to support the massive strings of colored lights that the town used for decoration.With t...

According to the legend, a fire in late 1956 or early 1957 destroyed all of the Christmas decorations in Chandler and the town replaced them with a tree made of tumbleweeds, and a tradition was born.

Although entertaining folklore, news articles at the time point to a less theatrical origin of the City’s iconic holiday emblem. In 1957, Arizona Public Service replaced the light poles in Downtown Chandler with poles that were too flimsy to support the massive strings of colored lights that the town used for decoration.

With the holidays quickly approaching, residents needed a new plan. The town appointed a committee, headed by Bill Wilson, to develop new Christmas decorations. Wilson was the manager of the J.C. Penney store in Chandler as well as the previous year’s winner of the town’s individual holiday decorating contest.

Wilson and his committee presented their plan to the Chandler Community Coordinating Council in September of 1957. These plans asked for improvements to the displays in Dr. A.J. Chandler Park and along Arizona Avenue. Earle Barnum, the town decorator, came up with the idea for a tumbleweed tree after seeing a tree built with local pine boughs in his hometown in Indiana.

Several main decorations were suggested for the town square, including banners placed over the roads, decorations mounted on light poles, a “modern tumbleweed Christmas tree,” an animated Santa with his reindeer, a nativity that would fill most of the west half of the park and a western-themed Christmas display.

Most of the excitement at the time passed over the Tumbleweed Tree itself. The real buzz-maker was actually the town’s light pole decorations, which featured 80 cotton boll wreaths mounted on every light pole Downtown and along Arizona Avenue.

Newspapers showed that the wreaths were the talk of the town. The Chandler Arizonan printed weekly updates on the construction progress of the wreaths until they were put on display Dec. 2, 1957.

The now internationally famous Tumbleweed Tree seemed more like an afterthought when it first debuted. Records indicate it took three years for the community to think of the Tumbleweed Tree as the pièce de résistance of Chandler’s holiday decorations. By 1959, the Arizonan newspaper was boasting about the “great Tumbleweed Tree,” and the excitement over the cotton boll wreaths had vanished to make room for the town’s real showstopper.

Today, Chandler residents and visitors have developed long-standing annual traditions that pay homage to the Tumbleweed Tree. Attending the annual tree lighting ceremony, held on December 3, 2022, taking photos with the tree and visiting Downtown Chandler to bask in the glow of its lights, there are many local holiday traditions that include the beloved tree as the centerpiece.

The Tumbleweed Tree will be lit nightly from December 3, 2022-January 2, 2023.

New this year, visit The History Spot in Downtown Chandler to learn even more about our famous holiday tree. The Chandler Museum installed informational displays at The History Spot, located in the breezeway between Original Chop Shop and Saba's along Boston Street. Take a photo of the QR codes and view historical images and more details.

VIAVI Expands U.S. Manufacturing Capacity and Boosts Arizona Economy With Opening of New Optical Production Facility

CHANDLER, Ariz., (Nov. 17, 2022) -- Viavi Solutions Inc. (VIAVI) (NASDAQ: VIAV) today announced it has opened its new production facility in Chandler, Arizona. The company has added to U.S. manufacturing capacity as it has grown its presence in the state, including the move of its global headquarters.Since preparations to move its global headquarters from California began in 2021, the company has already ...

CHANDLER, Ariz., (Nov. 17, 2022) -- Viavi Solutions Inc. (VIAVI) (NASDAQ: VIAV) today announced it has opened its new production facility in Chandler, Arizona. The company has added to U.S. manufacturing capacity as it has grown its presence in the state, including the move of its global headquarters.

Since preparations to move its global headquarters from California began in 2021, the company has already made significant contributions to the business and technology community. VIAVI President and CEO, Oleg Khaykin, has been elected to Greater Phoenix Leadership; the company has established a scholarship at the University of Arizona's Wyant College of Optical Sciences, and the company has also contributed to Chandler's reclaimed water program.

To mark the completion of the new production facility and global headquarters, VIAVI held a grand opening in Chandler on November 10. The plant's opening is a boon for the local economy, representing an initial capital infusion of nearly $100 million, with a further $50 million expected to be generated in payroll taxes for local and state governments following the creation of hundreds of new jobs.

VIAVI's new production facility in Chandler features VIAVI's most modern and efficient optical coating capabilities. In seeking a new facility to operate its sophisticated equipment, the company found that Arizona provides the ideal conditions for long-term, sustainable growth including a business-friendly environment, a high quality of life at a reasonable cost, and a strong base of talent. With the world-renowned Wyant College of Optical Sciences and a rich ecosystem of optics companies, Arizona has long attracted the best and brightest of the optics industry.

VIAVI is a global leader in network test, monitoring, and assurance solutions for communications service providers, enterprises, network equipment manufacturers, government, and avionics. The company is also a leader in light management technologies for 3D sensing, anti-counterfeiting, consumer electronics, industrial, automotive, and defense applications. VIAVI generated $1.3 billion in revenue in fiscal year 2022 and has more than 3,600 employees in 50 locations throughout North, Central and South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia Pacific/Japan/China.

"VIAVI is a global company in every sense of the word," commented CEO Oleg Khaykin. "That means setting up in key locations around the world is critical to our success, and we're always sure to contribute to the communities in which we operate. Establishing a major hub in Chandler, Arizona, will not only expand our involvement in the local optics ecosystem but ramp up our U.S. manufacturing capabilities considerably."

"Advanced manufacturing is in Chandler's DNA and we are thrilled to welcome the latest addition with VIAVI," stated Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke. "It has been a pleasure working with the VIAVI team as they have built out their new manufacturing facility and relocated their headquarters to Chandler. VIAVI and Chandler are a perfect match and we wish them many years of success in our community."

"We're thrilled to see optics heavyweights like VIAVI investing in Optics Valley," said Thomas Koch, Dean and Professor, Wyant College of Optical Sciences at The University of Arizona. "We see a bright future together, and look forward to doing our part in talent generation and research innovations to grow the optics ecosystem here in Arizona."

About VIAVI VIAVI (NASDAQ: VIAV) is a global provider of network test, monitoring and assurance solutions for communications service providers, hyperscalers, equipment manufacturers, enterprises, government and avionics. VIAVI is also a leader in light management technologies for 3D sensing, anti-counterfeiting, consumer electronics, industrial, automotive, government and aerospace applications. Together with our customers and partners we are United in Possibility, finding innovative ways to solve real-world problems. Learn more about VIAVI at viavisolutions.com. Follow us on VIAVI Perspectives, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.

Chandler vs. Hamilton: Get ready for Arizona's biggest high school football rivalry

High school sports media days are in vogue this school year. Almost everybody is doing one, it seems.But rarely do you find a tradition like the Battle for Arizona Avenue luncheon.What started in 2013 when Steve Belles was leading Hamiton's football team and Shaun Aguano was in charge of Chandler's program, the annual luncheon, this time at Soho 63 on Tuesday, again was the center stage early to build up the biggest high school football rivarly in Arizona — Chandler vs. Hamilton.Less than four miles ...

High school sports media days are in vogue this school year. Almost everybody is doing one, it seems.

But rarely do you find a tradition like the Battle for Arizona Avenue luncheon.

What started in 2013 when Steve Belles was leading Hamiton's football team and Shaun Aguano was in charge of Chandler's program, the annual luncheon, this time at Soho 63 on Tuesday, again was the center stage early to build up the biggest high school football rivarly in Arizona — Chandler vs. Hamilton.

Less than four miles separate the schools along Arizona Avenue. It is billed as "The Battle for Arizona Avenue," and the logo will be on the center of Hamilton's field on Thursday night at 7 p.m., when the teams battle it out for the 23rd year.

Emcee Brad Cesmat joked with Hamilton offensive line coach Mark Tucker that leather helmets were used in the beginning of this rivalry. Tucker has been a part Hamilton football since it began playing in 1998, adusting to the coaching regimes, starting with John Wrenn to Steve Belles to Dick Baniszewski (as a one-year interim) and to now, in his fifth year, Mike Zdebski.

Last year, Hamilton ended Chandler's 45-game winning streak. It was also the first time Hamilton beat Chandler since 2013, after having beaten the Wolves 17 consecutive times, dating to their first-ever meeting in 1999. That's when Terrell Suggs had transferred over from Chandler to Hamilton and became an unstoppable tailback, barrelling through and past defenders. He later became an unstoppable defensive end at Arizona State, before a stellar NFL career at outside linebacker/defensive end.

On Thursday night, when the rivals meet at Hamilton, Chandler will try to reassert itsellf as the king of Arizona Avenue.

"This Hamilton team, their defense is an excellent defense," Chandler coach Rick Garretson said.

He knows his Wolves will have to play their best game, especially on offense, after scoring on a game-opening drive, then getting shut out the rest of the way in a 14-7 loss to Chandler Basha.

Chandler is in an unfamilar spot heading into the final regular-season football game — not perched atop the state in the rankings.

The Wolves (8-1) are No. 3 in the Open and in 6A rankings, after No. 1 Peoria Liberty and Basha.

Hamilton (7-2) is ranked No. 4 by The Arizona Repulblic with its losses coming against Las Vegas Bishop Gorman (45-0) and Basha (26-23).

This has been a season of adversity for the Huskies, starting with being placed on probation only to have it lifted, replacing their defensive coordinator, then losing starting quarterback Roch Cholowsky and running back Nick Switzer to injuries.

Everybody has adapated, from Parker Barrett as the DC, to junior Beckham Pellant at QB and 5-foot-6 running back Breylon Blount emerging, complementing tailback Logan Krei. Both backs are averaging eight yards a carry.

"He's got some moxie to him," Garretson said of Pellant. "It's like anything, you've got to get reps in games."

After struggling in the Oct. 20 loss to Basha, Pellant has been a different quarterback, throwing with accuracy and poise and making plays with his legs.

"On that Tuesday in practice (following the Basha loss), he started letting it rip," Zdebski said. "We're like, 'OK, we might have a chance.' He did it on Friday."

Hamilton coaches let Pellant know he can run the ball, that he didn't have to slide to avoid getting hit, and to just loosen up and throw with confidence. That has changed Hamilton's offensive dynamics.

But this is one of the best Wolves' defenses since Chandler started piling up state championships — four under Aguano before he left after the 2018 season to coach at Arizona State — and two in a row under Garretson.

A'mauri Washington, an Oregon commit, leads a strong front line. Linebackers Dominic Hanger, Roman Kupu and Donnovan Hamblin are outstanding tacklers. The back end is well-protected by Kennedy Urlacher, Orion Kupu and Juma Kashanda.

"Ever since I came here (last year from Detroit), it's been a big rivalry," Washington said. "Every time I bring up the name, it's, 'Ah, we can't talk about this.' It means a lot."

Kashanda knows that Hamilton's offense will be a test, and believes the Chandler offense can get it going, even without injured star running back Ca'lil Valentine.

"If everybody does what they need to do, I'm pretty sure we'll be fine," Kashanda said.

Hamilton senior center Griffin Stalfort is hoping to finish his high school career never having lost to Chandler in a game in which he played. He was a part of lower-level teams at Hamilton that beat Chandler his first two years in high school.

"Hoping to keep it rolling," said Stalfort, who is committed to Air Force Academy. "Being able to snap that (45-game winning) streak was awesome. I was in tears after the game. I couldn't believe how amazing it was. It was a great feeling. And then we were the No. 1 seed going into the playoffs."

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