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Population in 2014: 126,275 (97% urban, 3% rural). Population change since 2000: +309.3%
Males: 58,617  (46.4%)
Females: 67,658  (53.6%)
Median resident age:  42.6 years
Arizona median age:  36.8 years

Zip codes: 85388.

Estimated median household income in 2013: $55,857 (it was $44,156 in 2000)
Surprise:

$55,857
AZ:

$48,510

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $25,593 (it was $21,451 in 2000)

Surprise city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $192,000 (it was $122,400 in 2000)
Surprise:

$192,000
AZ:

$166,000

Mean prices in 2013: All housing units: $242,284; Detached houses: $262,747; Townhouses or other attached units: $168,412; In 2-unit structures: $121,569; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $117,328; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $141,016; Mobile homes: $56,831; Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $25,668

Median gross rent in 2013: $1,099.

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  • Races in Surprise, AZ (2013)

    Surprise races chart
    • 89,39072.4%White alone
    • 22,33318.1%Hispanic
    • 6,0954.9%Black alone
    • 2,4832.0%Two or more races
    • 2,2731.8%Asian alone
    • 5300.4%American Indian alone
    • 1330.1%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone
    • 400.03%Other race alone

Races in Surprise detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Surprise: 93.8 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Surprise, AZ City Guides:

Ancestries: United States (19.4%), German (13.0%), Irish (7.8%), English (7.3%), Polish (2.6%), French (2.0%).

Current Local Time: MST (no DST) time zone

Incorporated in 1960

Land area: 69.5 square miles.

Population density: 1,817 people per square mile   (low).

Surprise,AZ real estate house value index trend

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For population 25 years and over in Surprise:

  • High school or higher: 92.8%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 28.8%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 9.8%
  • Unemployed: 6.7%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 29.7 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Surprise city:

  • Never married: 18.5%
  • Now married: 61.9%
  • Separated: 1.1%
  • Widowed: 6.9%
  • Divorced: 11.6%

11,330 residents are foreign born (3.8% Latin America, 2.0% Europe).

This city:

9.2%
Arizona:

13.5%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $1,399 (0.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $1,367 (0.7%)

Surprise satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Peoria, AZ (8.4 miles , pop. 108,364).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Glendale, AZ (12.4 miles , pop. 218,812).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Phoenix, AZ (20.4 miles , pop. 1,321,045).

Nearest cities: Sun City West, AZ (1.6 miles ), El Mirage, AZ (2.4 miles ), Youngtown, AZ (2.6 miles ), Sun City, AZ (2.7 miles ), Citrus Park, AZ (2.8 miles ), Peoria, AZ (2.9 miles ), Litchfield Park, AZ (3.3 miles ), Deer Creek, AZ (3.4 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 2334 buildings, average cost: $83,700
  • 1998: 2936 buildings, average cost: $93,800
  • 1999: 3096 buildings, average cost: $97,800
  • 2000: 3252 buildings, average cost: $99,300
  • 2001: 3226 buildings, average cost: $100,300
  • 2002: 3124 buildings, average cost: $114,900
  • 2003: 4955 buildings, average cost: $130,800
  • 2004: 7381 buildings, average cost: $147,300
  • 2005: 6453 buildings, average cost: $158,500
  • 2006: 1827 buildings, average cost: $159,200
  • 2007: 1535 buildings, average cost: $155,600
  • 2008: 732 buildings, average cost: $244,600
  • 2009: 285 buildings, average cost: $231,800
  • 2010: 211 buildings, average cost: $229,900
  • 2011: 219 buildings, average cost: $250,500
  • 2012: 532 buildings, average cost: $274,400
  • 2013: 554 buildings, average cost: $296,200
  • 2014: 320 buildings, average cost: $315,500

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Latitude: 33.65 N, Longitude: 112.40 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: -22,977 (-18.6%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 13,311 (28.5%)

Surprise household income distribution Surprise home values distribution

Property values in Surprise, AZ

Crime rates in Surprise (2002):

  • 1 murder (3.0 per 100,000)
  • 1 rape (3.0 per 100,000)
  • 13 robberies (39.6 per 100,000)
  • 60 assaults (182.9 per 100,000)
  • 245 burglaries (746.8 per 100,000)
  • 750 thefts (2,286.1 per 100,000)
  • 150 auto thefts (457.2 per 100,000)
  • City-data.com crime rate = 247.7 (higher means more crime, US average = 328.4)

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2014, including police officers: 179 (128 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.02
Arizona average:

1.88

Surprise tourist attractions:

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

5.9%
Arizona:

6.4%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: +23,641 (+328.0%).
Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Retail trade (16%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (10%)
  • Construction (9%)
  • Manufacturing (9%)
  • Educational services (9%)
  • Public administration (7%)
  • Other services, except public administration (6%)
  • Health care and social assistance (19%)
  • Educational services (12%)
  • Other services, except public administration (10%)
  • Finance and insurance (10%)
  • Retail trade (10%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (8%)
  • Public administration (8%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Sales and related occupations (14%)
  • Management occupations (8%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (8%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (7%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (7%)
  • Transportation occupations (7%)
  • Production occupations (6%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (22%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (12%)
  • Sales and related occupations (12%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (9%)
  • Management occupations (7%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (6%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (5%)

Work and jobs in Surprise: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Surprise, Arizona

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Earthquake activity:

Surprise-area historical earthquake activity is near Arizona state average. It is 453% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/28/1992 at 11:57:34, a magnitude 7.6 (6.2 MB, 7.6 MS, 7.3 MW, Depth: 0.7 mi, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 240.1 miles away from the city center, causing 3 deaths (1 shaking deaths, 2 other deaths) and 400 injuries, causing $100,000,000 total damage and $40,000,000 insured losses
On 5/19/1940 at 04:36:40, a magnitude 7.2 (7.2 UK) earthquake occurred 192.8 miles away from Surprise center, causing $33,000,000 total damage
On 10/16/1999 at 09:46:44, a magnitude 7.4 (6.3 MB, 7.4 MS, 7.2 MW, 7.3 ML) earthquake occurred 238.9 miles away from the city center
On 12/31/1934 at 18:45:56, a magnitude 7.1 (7.1 UK) earthquake occurred 205.9 miles away from the city center
On 10/15/1979 at 23:16:54, a magnitude 7.0 (5.7 MB, 6.9 MS, 7.0 ML, 6.4 MW) earthquake occurred 196.3 miles away from Surprise center
On 7/21/1952 at 11:52:14, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK) earthquake occurred 388.4 miles away from the city center, causing $50,000,000 total damage
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Maricopa County (14) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 10
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 9, Storms: 8, Fires: 3, Flash Flood: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Tornado: 1, Wind: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Surprise topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Surprise:

  • LIFESTREAM AT SUN RIDGE (12215 WEST BELL ROAD)
  • SANTE OF SURPRISE (14775 WEST YORKSHIRE DRIVE)
  • GRAND HOME DIALYSIS (DVA) (14674 W MOUNTAIN VIEW BLVD STE 204)
  • SUN CITY WEST DIALYSIS (FMC) (12213 W BELL ROAD STE 110)
  • AMEDISYS HOME HEALTH OF SURPRISE (14239 WEST BELL ROAD, SUITE 219)

Heliports located in Surprise:

Amtrak station near Surprise:

  • 18 miles: PHOENIX NORTHWEST (PHOENIX, 8101 BLACK CANYON FWY.) - Bus Station . Services: public payphones, call for taxi service.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Surprise:

  • Estrella Mountain Community College (about 13 miles; Avondale, AZ; Full-time enrollment: 4,932)
  • Glendale Community College (about 14 miles; Glendale, AZ; FT enrollment: 12,533)
  • Arizona State University-West (about 15 miles; Glendale, AZ; FT enrollment: 3,454)
  • Universal Technical Institute of Arizona Inc (about 16 miles; Avondale, AZ; FT enrollment: 3,860)
  • Universal Technical Institute of Arizona Inc-Motorcycle Mechanics Institute Division (about 17 miles; Phoenix, AZ; FT enrollment: 2,976)
  • Everest College-Phoenix (about 18 miles; Phoenix, AZ; FT enrollment: 2,008)
  • Argosy University-Phoenix Online Division (about 18 miles; Phoenix, AZ; FT enrollment: 8,840)

Private elementary/middle school in Surprise:

  • THE PALMS CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (Students: 52, Location: 17475 W BELL RD, Grades: KG-6)
See full list of schools located in Surprise

User submitted facts and corrections:

  • We now have a very large Polish ommunity here in SUrprise, AZ
  • There are TWO High Schools...Valley Vista and Willow Canyon

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Notable locations in Surprise: Bard Ranch (A), Beardsley Substation (B), Calderwood Station (C), Dysart Substation (D), Waddell Substation (E), Skyway Business Park (F), Maricopa County Municipal Water Conservation District Number One (G), Maricopa County Superior Court Northwest Regional Center (H), West Valley Art Museum (I), Maricopa County Library District Northwest Regional Branch (J), Maricopa County Library District Hollyhock Branch (K), Surprise Town Hall (L), Surprise Fire Department Station 307 (M), Surprise Fire Department Station 306 (N), Surprise Fire Department Station 305 (O), Surprise Fire Department Station 304 (P), Surprise Fire Department Station 303 (Q), Surprise Fire Department Station 302 (R), Surprise Fire Department Station 301 (S), Surprise Police Department (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Center: Crossroads Towne Center Shopping Center (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Churches in Surprise include: Grand Community Baptist Church (A), Grace Community Church (B), Gideon Missionary Baptist Church (C), First Country Baptist Church (D), Surprise Unitarian Universalist Church (E), Spirit of Grace Lutheran Church (F), Shepherd of the Valley Evangelical Lutheran Church (G), Radiant Church (H), Parkway Christian Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Reservoir: Trilby Wash Basin (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Picacho Wash (A), Trilby Wash (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Surprise include: Surprise Park (1), Centennial Friendship Park (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Tourist attraction: Classic Cafe (Museums; 17420 North Avenue Of The Arts) (1). Display/hide its approximate location on the map

Hotels: Days Inn Suites Sun City AZ (12477 West Bell Road) (1), Quality Inn & Suites of the Sun Cities (16741 North Greasewood Street) (2). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Courts: Maricopa County Government - Justices Of The Peace- Hassayampa Justice Court Wicken (14264 West Tierra Buena Lane) (1), Maricopa County Government - Justices Of The Peace- Lake Pleasant Justice Court Pe (14624 West Tierra Buena Lane) (2), Surprise City - Court and Traffic Tickets (12604 West Santa Fe Drive) (3), Maricopa County Court - Superior Court in Maricopa County- Northwest Surprise Regional C (14264 West Tierra Buena Lane) (4), Maricopa County - Superior Court In Maricopa County- Northwest Regional Ce (14264 West Tierra Buena Lane) (5), El Mirage City - Municipal Court (14264 West Tierra Buena Lane) (6), Surprise City - Court And Traffic Tickets- Jury Notification (12604 West Santa Fe) (7). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Maricopa County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2013 was 250. This is significantly worse than average.

City:

250
U.S.:

75

Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2013 was 0.277. This is about average. Closest monitor was 0.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.277
U.S.:

0.293

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2013 was 17.6. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 6.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

17.6
U.S.:

6.4

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2013 was 0.898. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 13.0 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.898
U.S.:

1.912

Ozone [ppb] level in 2013 was 32.7. This is about average. Closest monitor was 0.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

32.7
U.S.:

32.0

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2013 was 25.7. This is worse than average. Closest monitor was 0.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

25.7
U.S.:

20.0

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2013 was 7.58. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 13.0 miles away from the city center.

City:

7.58
U.S.:

9.35
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 10.5%
(7.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 7.7% for Black residents, 18.3% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 19.6% for American Indian residents, 4.5% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 12.3% for other race residents, 14.2% for two or more races residents)
Average household size:
This city:  2.7 people
Arizona:  2.6 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  76.0%
Whole state:  66.2%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  6.4%
Whole state:  7.8%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.4% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.3% of all households

People in group quarters in Surprise in 2010:

  • 169 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 80 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 9 people in in-patient hospice facilities
  • 9 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 5 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 2 people in residential treatment centers for adults

People in group quarters in Surprise in 2000:

  • 54 people in nursing homes
  • 39 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 19 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 12 people in unknown juvenile institutions

Banks with most branches in Surprise (2011 data):

  • JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association: 7 branches. Info updated 2011/11/10: Bank assets: $1,811,678.0 mil, Deposits: $1,190,738.0 mil, headquarters in Columbus, OH, positive income, International Specialization, 5577 total offices, Holding Company: Jpmorgan Chase & Co.
  • Wells Fargo Bank, National Association: Reems & Waddell Branch, Grand Village Center Branch, Sun City Grand Branch, Litchfield & Waddell Branch, Grand And Reems. Info updated 2011/04/05: Bank assets: $1,161,490.0 mil, Deposits: $905,653.0 mil, headquarters in Sioux Falls, SD, positive income, 6395 total offices, Holding Company: Wells Fargo & Company
  • U.S. Bank National Association: Cotton And Bell Road Safeway Branch, Litchfield And Waddell Safeway Branc, Surprise Branch, Bell Road And Loop 303 Branch. Info updated 2012/01/30: Bank assets: $330,470.8 mil, Deposits: $236,091.5 mil, headquarters in Cincinnati, OH, positive income, 3121 total offices, Holding Company: U.S. Bancorp
  • Bank of America, National Association: Surprise Crossing Branch, Bell & Grand, Bell And Loop 303 Branch. Info updated 2009/11/18: Bank assets: $1,451,969.3 mil, Deposits: $1,077,176.8 mil, headquarters in Charlotte, NC, positive income, 5782 total offices, Holding Company: Bank Of America Corporation
  • BMO Harris Bank National Association: Surprise West Branch at 16890 West Bell Road, branch established on 2004/12/01; Surprise Branch at 13926 West Bell Road, branch established on 2004/03/10. Info updated 2011/07/14: Bank assets: $97,264.0 mil, Deposits: $75,624.6 mil, headquarters in Chicago, IL, positive income, 717 total offices, Holding Company: Bank Of Montreal
  • MidFirst Bank: Reems And Waddell Branch at 15451 West Waddell Road, branch established on 2009/09/01; Cotton And Bell Branch at 16976 West Bell Road, branch established on 2009/10/22. Info updated 2011/07/21: Bank assets: $9,790.2 mil, Deposits: $6,308.2 mil, headquarters in Oklahoma City, OK, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 77 total offices
  • Parkway Bank and Trust Company: Surprise Branch at 15413 West Bell Road, branch established on 2007/07/16. Info updated 2011/06/03: Bank assets: $2,237.7 mil, Deposits: $1,906.2 mil, headquarters in Harwood Heights, IL, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 33 total offices, Holding Company: Parkway Bancorp, Inc.
  • Compass Bank: Bell & Grand Branch at 13735 West Bell Road, branch established on 2003/12/22. Info updated 2011/02/24: Bank assets: $63,107.0 mil, Deposits: $46,232.4 mil, headquarters in Birmingham, AL, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 720 total offices, Holding Company: Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A.
  • New York Community Bank: Surprise Branch at 14543 West Grand Avenue, branch established on 2001/01/08. Info updated 2010/03/29: Bank assets: $39,468.7 mil, Deposits: $20,709.8 mil, headquarters in Westbury, NY, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 247 total offices, Holding Company: New York Community Bancorp, Inc.
  • 3 other banks with 3 local branches

Educational Attainment (%) in 2013

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2013

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.7
Arizona average:

12.5

Surprise travel time to work - commute Surprise mode of transportation to work chart

Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Surprise city (based on Maricopa County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant534,4531,206
Catholic520,651100
Other312,574680
Mainline Protestant104,145241
Orthodox13,37924
Black Protestant6,27848
None2,325,637-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 501
Maricopa County:

1.30 / 10,000 pop.
Arizona:

1.36 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 60
This county:

0.16 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 219
Maricopa County:

0.57 / 10,000 pop.
Arizona:

0.55 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 768
Maricopa County:

1.99 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.47 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 2,264
Here:

5.86 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.21 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

7.7%
Arizona:

8.0%
Adult obesity rate:
Maricopa County:

22.5%
Arizona:

22.8%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

14.8%
State:

14.2%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Surprise:

51.9%
State:

48.4%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Surprise:

49.0%
State:

46.1%

Average BMI:
Surprise:

28.6
Arizona:

28.5

People feeling badly about themselves:
Here:

18.8%
Arizona:

21.5%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
This city:

10.8%
Arizona:

10.4%

Average hours sleeping at night:
This city:

7.0
Arizona:

6.8

Overweight people:
This city:

35.9%
State:

33.3%

General health condition:
Surprise:

56.5%
Arizona:

55.3%

Average condition of hearing:
Surprise:

76.4%
Arizona:

79.0%

More about Health and Nutrition of Surprise, AZ Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2013)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 45$255,150$68,0401$708
Other Government Administration 66$360,136$65,4794$6,766
Judicial and Legal 29$147,742$61,1356$13,536
Police Protection - Officers 149$837,620$67,4590$0
Police - Other 16$105,008$78,7560$0
Firefighters 107$714,383$80,1180$0
Fire - Other 10$74,738$89,6860$0
Streets and Highways 34$138,658$48,9380$0
Solid Waste Management 28$110,928$47,5410$0
Sewerage 30$158,390$63,3560$0
Parks and Recreation 56$267,881$57,403145$132,745
Housing and Community Development(Local) 33$174,439$63,4322$4,032
Water Supply 21$106,571$60,8980$0
Totals for Government 624$3,451,644$66,378158$157,787

Surprise government finances - Expenditure in 2006 (per resident):

  • Construction - Sewerage: $19,207,000 ($152.10)
    Water Utilities: $7,190,000 ($56.94)
    Police Protection: $2,074,000 ($16.42)
    Parks and Recreation: $1,430,000 ($11.32)
    General - Other: $634,000 ($5.02)
  • Current Operations - Parks and Recreation: $11,527,000 ($91.28)
    Police Protection: $10,744,000 ($85.08)
    Regular Highways: $8,529,000 ($67.54)
    Local Fire Protection: $7,762,000 ($61.47)
    Sewerage: $7,341,000 ($58.14)
    General - Other: $6,789,000 ($53.76)
    Central Staff Services: $4,999,000 ($39.59)
    Water Utilities: $4,823,000 ($38.19)
    Housing and Community Development: $4,176,000 ($33.07)
    Solid Waste Management: $3,006,000 ($23.81)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $2,744,000 ($21.73)
    Financial Administration: $1,994,000 ($15.79)
    General Public Buildings: $1,636,000 ($12.96)
    Transit Utilities: $367,000 ($2.91)
    Libraries: $149,000 ($1.18)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $2,636,000 ($20.88)
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $16,054,000 ($127.14)
    Police Protection: $8,340,000 ($66.05)
    Parks and Recreation: $3,338,000 ($26.43)
    Sewerage: $3,141,000 ($24.87)
    Water Utilities: $2,694,000 ($21.33)
    Regular Highways: $2,571,000 ($20.36)
    Central Staff Services: $1,933,000 ($15.31)
    Local Fire Protection: $1,916,000 ($15.17)
    Solid Waste Management: $1,079,000 ($8.54)
    Transit Utilities: $110,000 ($0.87)
    Financial Administration: $56,000 ($0.44)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $26,000 ($0.21)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $39,755,000 ($314.83)

Surprise government finances - Revenue in 2006 (per resident):

  • Charges - All Other: $16,468,000 ($130.41)
    Sewerage: $11,882,000 ($94.10)
    Parks and Recreation: $4,627,000 ($36.64)
    Regular Highways: $4,626,000 ($36.63)
    Solid Waste Management: $3,894,000 ($30.84)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Housing and Community Development: $698,000 ($5.53)
    All Other: $524,000 ($4.15)
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $484,000 ($3.83)
  • Miscellaneous - Special Assessments: $19,679,000 ($155.84)
    Interest Earnings: $6,226,000 ($49.31)
    Rents: $5,304,000 ($42.00)
    General Revenue, NEC: $2,138,000 ($16.93)
    Fines and Forfeits: $1,515,000 ($12.00)
    Donations From Private Sources: $244,000 ($1.93)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $7,091,000 ($56.16)
    Transit Utilities: $13,000 ($0.10)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $7,062,000 ($55.93)
    Highways: $3,299,000 ($26.13)
    All Other: $167,000 ($1.32)
    Housing and Community Development: $11,000 ($0.09)
  • Tax - General Sales and Gross Receipts: $48,617,000 ($385.01)
    Property: $6,786,000 ($53.74)
    Other License: $2,991,000 ($23.69)
    Public Utilities Sales: $2,681,000 ($21.23)

Surprise government finances - Debt in 2006 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $57,564,000 ($455.86)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $54,622,000 ($432.56)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,942,000 ($23.30)

Surprise government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $222,938,000 ($1765.50)

5.01% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($48,941 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.01%
Arizona average:

5.73%

0.05% of residents moved from foreign countries ($605 average AGI)
Maricopa County:

0.05%
Arizona average:

0.07%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Pinal County, AZ  0.51% ($44,215 average AGI)
from Pima County, AZ  0.19% ($38,204)
from Los Angeles County, CA  0.17% ($40,202)


4.74% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($42,651 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.74%
Arizona average:

5.60%

0.08% of residents moved to foreign countries ($898 average AGI)
Maricopa County:

0.08%
Arizona average:

0.09%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Pinal County, AZ  0.42% ($38,492 average AGI)
to Los Angeles County, CA  0.18% ($37,819)
to Pima County, AZ  0.14% ($34,939)

Strongest AM radio stations in Surprise:

  • KPXQ (1360 AM; 50 kW; GLENDALE, AZ; Owner: COMMON GROUND BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KFNX (1100 AM; 50 kW; CAVE CREEK, AZ; Owner: NORTH AMERICAN BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • KMIA (710 AM; 50 kW; BLACK CANYON CITY, AZ; Owner: ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC)
  • KXEM (1010 AM; 15 kW; TOLLESON, AZ; Owner: JAMES CRYSTAL ENTERPRISES OF PHOENIX, INC.)
  • KFNN (1510 AM; 22 kW; MESA, AZ; Owner: CRC BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KMIK (1580 AM; 50 kW; TEMPE, AZ; Owner: ABC, INC.)
  • KGME (910 AM; 5 kW; PHOENIX, AZ; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • KMYL (1190 AM; 5 kW; TOLLESON, AZ; Owner: INTERSTATE B/C SYSTEM OF AZ, INC.)
  • KTAR (620 AM; 5 kW; PHOENIX, AZ; Owner: EMMIS RADIO LICENSE CORPORATION)
  • KFYI (550 AM; 5 kW; PHOENIX, AZ; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • KASA (1540 AM; 10 kW; PHOENIX, AZ; Owner: KASA RADIO HOGAR, INC.)
  • KKNT (960 AM; 5 kW; PHOENIX, AZ; Owner: COMMON GROUND BROADCASTING, INC)
  • KPHX (1480 AM; 5 kW; PHOENIX, AZ; Owner: CONTINENTAL BROADCASTING CORP. OF ARIZONA, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Surprise:

  • KLNZ (103.5 FM; GLENDALE, AZ; Owner: ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC)
  • KBAQ (89.5 FM; PHOENIX, AZ; Owner: MARICOPA COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT)
  • KOMR (106.3 FM; SUN CITY, AZ; Owner: HBC LICENSE CORPORATION)
  • KMLE (107.9 FM; CHANDLER, AZ; Owner: INFINITY RADIO OPERATIONS INC.)
  • KNAI (88.3 FM; PHOENIX, AZ; Owner: NATIONAL FARM WORKERS SERVICE CENTER)
  • KSLX-FM (100.7 FM; SCOTTSDALE, AZ; Owner: CACTUS RADIO, INC.)
  • K205CI (88.9 FM; PHOENIX, AZ; Owner: FAMILY STATIONS, INC.)
  • KKLT (98.7 FM; PHOENIX, AZ; Owner: EMMIS RADIO LICENSE CORPORATION)
  • KZON (101.5 FM; PHOENIX, AZ; Owner: INFINITY RADIO OPERATIONS INC.)
  • KKFR (92.3 FM; GLENDALE, AZ; Owner: EMMIS RADIO LICENSE CORPORATION)
  • K220GO (91.9 FM; TEMPE, AZ; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • KESZ (99.9 FM; PHOENIX, AZ; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KOOL-FM (94.5 FM; PHOENIX, AZ; Owner: INFINITY RADIO OPERATIONS INC.)
  • KNIX-FM (102.5 FM; PHOENIX, AZ; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KUPD (97.9 FM; TEMPE, AZ; Owner: TEMPE RADIO, INC.)
  • KJZZ (91.5 FM; PHOENIX, AZ; Owner: MARICOPA COUNTY COMM. COLLEGE DIST.)
  • KFLR-FM (90.3 FM; PHOENIX, AZ; Owner: FAMILY LIFE BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KYOT-FM (95.5 FM; PHOENIX, AZ; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • KMXP (96.9 FM; PHOENIX, AZ; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KZZP (104.7 FM; MESA, AZ; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)

TV broadcast stations around Surprise:

  • KAET (Channel 8; PHOENIX, AZ; Owner: ARIZONA BOARD OF REGENTS)
  • K43GV (Channel 43; PHOENIX, AZ; Owner: TELEVISION APOGEO DE PHOENIX, LLC)
  • K55EH (Channel 55; PHOENIX, AZ; Owner: KAZT, L.L.C.)

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

See more detailed statistics of Surprise fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2014 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 51Number of bridges
  • 227m745ftTotal length
  • $11,808,000Total costs
  • 380,080Total average daily traffic
  • 43,162Total average daily truck traffic

New bridges - Historical Statistics

  • 11920-1929
  • 11940-1949
  • 11950-1959
  • 21960-1969
  • 11970-1979
  • 251980-1989
  • 11990-1999
  • 82000-2009
  • 112010-2015
See Full National Bridge Inventory Statistics for Surprise, AZ
Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 4 full and 3 partial tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED918$144,150748$127,1621,699$174,83941$94,2560$0610$141,02912$113,197
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED45$146,50044$122,517166$179,73910$57,6730$041$134,6653$74,773
APPLICATIONS DENIED160$153,159123$132,107569$180,75054$54,3971$8,000,000143$145,94515$93,795
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN73$142,05485$134,607359$171,60710$92,9880$077$148,6352$111,680
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS18$151,27912$127,58771$185,8062$72,3850$012$165,7792$30,680

Detailed HMDA statistics for the following Tracts: 0303.12 , 0405.08, 0405.10, 0405.11, 0608.00, 0610.07, 0610.08

Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 4 full and 3 partial tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED77$148,77413$199,88522$118,088
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED36$192,96111$186,8604$132,570
APPLICATIONS DENIED13$139,9979$221,5967$138,129
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN3$160,6631$238,0000$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS1$254,0500$00$0

Detailed PMIC statistics for the following Tracts: 0303.12 , 0405.08, 0405.10, 0405.11, 0608.00, 0610.07, 0610.08

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

Drinking water stations with addresses in Surprise and their reported violations in the past:

JOMAX WELL (Address: 26205 N 157TH AVE , Population served: 25, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In AUG-2007, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (MAY-14-2008)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In OCT-2006, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (JUN-04-2007)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between OCT-2013 and DEC-2013, Contaminant: Chlorine
  • 169 regular monitoring violations

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 179
  • Hazardous Condition: 43
  • Service Call: 2

Incident types - Surprise

See full 2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Surprise, AZ

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Surprise, Arizona:

  • Hampton Inn & Suites, 14783 W Grand Ave, Surprise, Arizona 85374 , Phone: (623) 537-9122, Fax: (623) 537-9123
  • Comfort Inn & Suites Of Arizona, 13337 W Grand Ave, Surprise, Arizona 85374 , Phone: (623) 544-6874, Fax: (623) 975-2837
  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, 16540 N Bullard Ave, Surprise, Arizona 85374 , Phone: (623) 975-5540, Fax: (623) 975-2061
  • Residence Inn By Marriott Phoenix NW Surprise, 16418 N Bullard Ave, Surprise, Arizona 85374 , Phone: (623) 249-6333, Fax: (623) 249-5866
All 4 fire-safe hotels and motels in Surprise, Arizona
Most common first names in Surprise, AZ among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Robert16275.9 years
John13675.2 years
William10776.5 years
Richard8273.7 years
Mary8279.7 years
James8174.0 years
Charles6677.9 years
George6678.7 years
Donald5874.8 years
Dorothy5780.8 years
Most common last names in Surprise, AZ among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson3474.6 years
Smith3379.7 years
Anderson2578.4 years
Williams2175.7 years
Brown2075.4 years
Davis1779.2 years
Miller1678.9 years
Jones1479.7 years
Nelson1375.0 years
Clark1382.9 years

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Electricity (51%)
  • Utility gas (48%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (1%)
Businesses in Surprise, AZ
NameCountNameCount
99 Cents Only Stores1Long John Silver's1
AT&T1Lowe's1
Ace Hardware1Marriott1
Albertsons2MasterBrand Cabinets1
Applebee's1McDonald's4
AutoZone2New Balance1
Barnes & Noble1Nike5
Bed Bath & Beyond1Nissan1
Big O Tires1OfficeMax1
Blockbuster2Olive Garden1
Budget Car Rental1Outback1
Buffalo Wild Wings1Outback Steakhouse1
Burger King2Panda Express1
CVS3Payless1
Chevrolet1PetSmart1
Chick-Fil-A1Pier 1 Imports1
Chipotle1Pizza Hut3
Church's Chicken1Quality1
Circle K3Quiznos1
Cold Stone Creamery1RadioShack1
Comfort Inn1Red Lobster1
Cricket Wireless3Red Robin1
Curves1Rue211
Days Inn1SONIC Drive-In2
Decora Cabinetry1Safeway3
Dennys1Sam's Club1
Discount Tire2Sears1
Domino's Pizza1Sprint Nextel1
Dunkin Donuts2Starbucks10
Famous Footwear1Subway6
FedEx6T-Mobile2
Firestone Complete Auto Care2T.G.I. Driday's1
GNC1Taco Bell2
H&R Block5Target1
Hilton1The Room Place1
Holiday Inn1Trader Joe's1
Home Depot1U-Haul1
IHOP1UPS7
Jack In The Box3Verizon Wireless2
Jones New York1Village Inn1
KFC2Vons3
Kohl's2Walgreens4
Kroger3Walmart2
Lane Bryant1Wendy's2

Surprise compared to Arizona state average:

  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Renting percentage below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in below state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Number of college students above state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher above state average.

Surprise on our top lists:

  • #3 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the hottest summers (population 50,000+)"
  • #4 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (population 50,000+)"
  • #5 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the highest ratio of murders to rapes between 2002 and 2012 (population 50,000+)"
  • #6 on the list of "Top 100 fastest growing cities from 2000 to 2014 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #7 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the highest daily high temperatures (population 50,000+)"
  • #10 on the list of "Top 100 cities with newest houses (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #12 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most people born in other U.S. states (population 50,000+)"
  • #13 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the highest number of days clear of clouds (population 50,000+)"
  • #13 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the lowest number of days clear of clouds (population 50,000+)"
  • #13 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Personal care and service occupations (population 50,000+)"
  • #13 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the highest average sunshine amount (population 50,000+)"
  • #15 on the list of "Top 101 cities with most building permits per 10,000 residents (population 50,000+)"
  • #18 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the lowest number of rapes per 100,000 residents (population 50,000+)"
  • #19 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Law enforcement workers including supervisors (population 50,000+)"
  • #19 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the lowest maximum monthly morning or afternoon humidity (population 50,000+)"
  • #21 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the lowest minimum monthly morning or afternoon humidity (population 50,000+)"
  • #22 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the lowest average humidity (population 50,000+)"
  • #24 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: Other services, except public administration (population 50,000+)"
  • #25 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: Real estate and rental and leasing (population 50,000+)"
  • #29 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the smallest percentages of current college students (population 100,000+)"
  • #2 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Nitrogen Dioxide air pollution readings in 2012 (ppm)"
  • #3 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply"
  • #3 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest surface withdrawal of fresh water for public supply"
  • #4 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Other congregations"
  • #5 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Evangelical Protestant adherents (pop. 50,000+)"
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