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Pros

-Pleasant winters
-Entertainment
-Air service

Cons

-Intense summer heat
-Growth and sprawl
-Rapidly rising home prices


What Bert Has To Say About Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale Metro Area


Originally a resort city, Phoenix has grown phenomenally in the past 40 years into a full-scale urban center- largely made possible by the advent of air-conditioning. The Phoenix metropolitan area covers over 1,000 square miles. Downtown, which is fairly modest for a city its size, features a few skyscrapers, the capitol, government offices, and a few quality museums. Surrounding downtown are several large and fairly distinct city-suburbs, mostly built on a sprawling grid, in some cases separated by low hills. These include the large middle-class suburbs of Peoria, Mesa, Chandler, and Glendale; upscale Scottsdale; and the college area of Tempe which serves as home to Arizona State University. All areas are modern and generally lacking in historic interest, but keep in mind that Phoenix only had 100,000 residents in 1950.


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Quick Facts About Surprise


    ECONOMY
    The unemployment rate in Surprise is 5.70 percent(U.S. avg. is 5.20%). Recent job growth is Positive. Surprise jobs have Increased by 3.17 percent.
    COST OF LIVING
    Compared to the rest of the country, Surprise's cost of living is 4.40% Higher than the U.S. average.
    POPULATION
    As of 2014, Surprise's population is 128,422 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 1,703.17 percent.
    TRANSPORTATION
    Average Commute time is 15 minutes. The National Average is 26 minutes.
    REAL ESTATE
    The median home cost in Surprise is $219,900. Home appreciation the last year has been -18.51 percent.
    SCHOOLS
    Surprise public schools spend $6,782 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,383. There are about 19.9 students per teacher in Surprise.

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  11/2/2014
Surprise Law Enforcement

The city of surprise is a beautiful place. It would not be a good place to live however. They have a young eager police force. You are taking a BIG risk driving...

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  10/24/2014
Low Crime Rate, Newer modernized city

Although i absolutely despise the summers in Arizona, I live in a city with about 100,000 people. Everyone is friendly, the community's are safe, the schools are good...

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  8/28/2014
Imagine Rosefield Elementary

A wonderful school! Rosefield is a friendly, safe, and clean environment for children. They are dedicated to children, safety, academics, and character! All of my...

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