Surprise, Arizona 

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Population

128,422

1,703% Growth

Unemployment Rate

5.7%

Median Income

$59,094

Avg. Home Price

$219,900

Best Places to Live in Surprise, Arizona

Regional center / Capital city - South-central Arizona in a low desert valley
Pros
-Pleasant winters
-Entertainment
-Air service
Cons
-Intense summer heat
-Growth and sprawl
-Rapidly rising home prices

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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.


QUICK FACTS

City: Surprise
Zip Codes: 85374 85379 85388 85387
Time zone: Mountain Standard Time (no daylight savings time)
Elevation: 1107 ft above sea level

Highlights

ECONOMY
The unemployment rate in Surprise is 5.7% (U.S. avg. is 5.2%). Recent job growth is Positive. Surprise jobs have increased by 3.17%. Learn More...
COST OF LIVING
Compared to the rest of the country, Surprise's cost of living is 4.40% higher than the U.S. average. Learn More... or Compare Surprise's Cost of Living
POPULATION
Surprise's population is 128,422 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 1,703.17%. Learn More...
TRANSPORTATION
Average Commute time is 15 minutes. The National Average is 26 minutes. Learn More...
REAL ESTATE
The median home cost in Surprise is $219,900. Home appreciation the last 10 years has been -18.51%. Check out the homes in the area.
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. Learn More...

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Housing Market in Surprise

It's a good time to buy in Surprise. Home Appreciation is up 7.5% in the last 12 months. Browse Surprise Real Estate.

The median home price in Surprise is $219,900. Browse Homes in this Range.


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Reviews for Surprise    52 Reviews
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)

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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)

Imagine Rosefield Elementary - 8/28/2014
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... (Read More)


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ZIP CODES IN SURPRISE, ARIZONA
85374 85379 85388 85387