Surprise, Arizona 

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+24.8% since 2020

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4.1 / 8.6

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Best Places to Live in Surprise, Arizona

Regional center / Capital city - South-central Arizona in a low desert valley. April, March and November are the most pleasant months in Surprise, while July and August are the least comfortable months.
State: Arizona
County: Maricopa County
Metro Area: Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale Metro Area
City: Surprise
Zip Codes: 85374 85379 85388 85387
Cost of Living: 7.6% higher
Time zone: Mountain Standard Time (no daylight savings time)
Elevation: 1107 ft above sea level

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Surprise, Az Housing Market
Least Expensive HomesHomes Over 2,000 Sq. Ft.
Most Expensive HomesHomes less than 10 yrs old
All Single Family Homes
Pleasant winters
Air service
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.


The unemployment rate in Surprise is 6.7% (U.S. avg. is 6.0%). Recent job growth is Positive. Surprise jobs have increased by 3.3%. More Economy

Compared to the rest of the country, Surprise's cost of living is 7.6% higher than the U.S. average. More Cost of Living or Compare Surprise's Cost of Living

April, March and November are the most pleasant months in Surprise, while July and August are the least comfortable months. Today's Weather | Climate Averages

In the last Presidential election, Maricopa county flipped narrowly Democratic, 50.1% to 48.0%. More Voting Stats

Surprise's population is 147,965 people. Since 2020, it has had a population growth of 24.8%. Learn More...

Average Commute time is 30.3 minutes. The National Average is 26.4 minutes. Learn More...

The median home cost in Surprise is Real Estate: $359,300. Home appreciation the last 10 years has been 7.5%.

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. More Education

Best Places to Live in Surprise Rankings

Housing Market in Surprise

It's a good time to buy in Surprise. Home Appreciation is up 27.0% in the last 12 months.
The median home price in Surprise is $359,300.
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Reviews for Surprise   51 Reviews
Wouldn't live anywhere else! - 8/25/2020
I am an Arizona native - 55 years - and have lived in Surprise since 2003. I wouldn't live anywhere else! I have watched this place grow and prosper. It is very family... Read More

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Surprise Law Enforcement - 11/2/2014
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... Read More

Low Crime Rate, Newer modernized city - 10/24/2014
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... Read More

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