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Maricopa County

Population in 2012: 121,287 (97% urban, 3% rural). Population change since 2000: +293.2%
Males: 58,571  (48.3%)
Females: 62,716  (51.7%)

Median resident age:  36.8 years
Arizona median age:  37.1 years

Zip codes: 85374, 85388.

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Estimated median household income in 2011: $51,892 (it was $44,156 in 2000)
Surprise:

$51,892
Arizona:

$46,709
Estimated per capita income in 2011: $20,842

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Estimated median house or condo value in 2011: $160,400 (it was $122,400 in 2000)
Surprise:

$160,400
Arizona:

$153,800
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $279,008; Detached houses: $302,418; Townhouses or other attached units: $217,647; In 2-unit structures: $152,902; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $161,286; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $329,129; Mobile homes: $118,841; Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $148,774

Median gross rent in 2011: $1,097.

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  • White alone - 83,677 (71.2%)
  • Hispanic - 21,724 (18.5%)
  • Black alone - 5,648 (4.8%)
  • Asian alone - 2,884 (2.5%)
  • Two or more races - 2,674 (2.3%)
  • American Indian alone - 543 (0.5%)
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone - 211 (0.2%)
  • Other race alone - 156 (0.1%)

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


Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Surprise: 92.7 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Ancestries: United States (15.2%), German (13.8%), Irish (8.5%), English (7.1%), Italian (4.6%), Polish (2.6%).

Current Local Time: MST (no DST) time zone

Incorporated in 1960

Land area: 69.5 square miles.

Population density: 1745 people per square mile 
 
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For population 25 years and over in Surprise:

  • High school or higher: 93.2%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 28.4%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 10.6%
  • Unemployed: 5.7%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 30.2 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Surprise city:

  • Never married: 18.4%
  • Now married: 60.3%
  • Separated: 0.9%
  • Widowed: 6.4%
  • Divorced: 14.0%

8,375 residents are foreign born (4.3% Latin America, 2.1% Europe).

This city:  8.8%
Arizona:  14.0%



According to our research of Arizona and other state lists there were 23 registered sex offenders living in Surprise, Arizona as of April 19, 2014.
The ratio of number of residents in Surprise to the number of sex offenders is 4,126 to 1.
The number of registered sex offenders compared to the number of residents in this city is smaller than the state average.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2011: $1,377 (0.9%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2011: $1,059 (0.6%)

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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 ), Peoria, AZ (2.9 miles ), Litchfield Park, AZ (3.3 miles ), Glendale, AZ (3.5 miles ), Avondale, AZ (3.8 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

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Latitude: 33.65 N, Longitude: 112.40 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: 0 (0.0%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 14,162 (34.2%)

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Crime rates in Surprise by Year
Type 2000 2001 2002
Murders 111
per 100,000 5.23.13.0
Rapes 011
per 100,000 0.03.13.0
Robberies 14713
per 100,000 72.221.939.6
Assaults 756360
per 100,000 386.6197.4182.9
Burglaries 231205245
per 100,000 1190.8642.4746.8
Thefts 530648750
per 100,000 2732.12030.72286.1
Auto thefts 4282150
per 100,000 216.5257.0457.2
Arson 546
per 100,000 25.812.518.3
City-data.com crime rate (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 329.1) 333.3210.4247.7

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Crime rate in Surprise detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2012, including police officers: 175 (129 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.07
Arizona average:

1.99

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Surprise, Arizona accommodation, waste management, arts - Economy and Business Data

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

8.8%
Arizona:

8.3%

Unemployment by year (%)


Population change in the 1990s: +23,641 (+328.0%).

Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (14%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (10%)
  • Public administration (8%)
  • Accommodation and food services (5%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (5%)
  • Finance and insurance (4%)
  • Health care (4%)
  • Health care (17%)
  • Finance and insurance (13%)
  • Educational services (8%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other protective service workers (21%)
  • Media and communication equipment workers (20%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (16%)
  • Accountants and auditors (11%)
  • Other food preparation and serving related workers (8%)
  • Food and beverage serving workers except waiters/waitresses (7%)
  • Customer service representatives (6%)
  • Other protective service workers (41%)
  • Other food preparation and serving related workers (29%)
  • Accountants and auditors (21%)
  • Media and communication equipment workers (20%)
  • Secondary school teachers (8%)
  • Personal appearance workers (8%)
  • First-line supervisors of personal care and service workers (7%)

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Tornado activity:

Surprise-area historical tornado activity is significantly above Arizona state average. It is 76% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 10/3/1968, a category F2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado 10.5 miles away from the Surprise city center injured 3 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

On 9/14/1971, a category F2 tornado 15.8 miles away from the city center caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Surprise-area historical earthquake activity is significantly below Arizona state average. It is 99% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 11/13/1991 at 21:37:27, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 ML, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 68.7 miles away from the city center
On 7/1/2005 at 17:41:06, a magnitude 3.4 (3.4 ML, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 98.7 miles away from Surprise center
On 4/1/1994 at 17:17:33, a magnitude 3.3 (3.3 ML, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 90.6 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: local magnitude (ML)

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: 8, Storms: 8, Fires: 3, Heavy Rain: 1, Tornado: 1, Wind: 1, Flash Flood: 1, Flood: 1, Hurricane: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Hospitals/medical centers near Surprise:

  • BANNER ESTRELLA MEDICAL CENTER (Acute Care Hospitals, Voluntary non-profit - Private, provides emergency services, about 14 miles away; PHOENIX, AZ)
  • WEST VALLEY HOSPITAL (Acute Care Hospitals, Proprietary, provides emergency services, about 16 miles away; GOODYEAR, AZ)

Political contributions by individuals in Surprise, AZ

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.

Local government website: www.surpriseaz.com

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Surprise:

  • Midwestern University (about 13 miles; Glendale, AZ; Full-time enrollment: 2,044)
  • Glendale Community College (about 14 miles; Glendale, AZ; FT enrollment: 7,126)
  • Estrella Mountain Community College (about 15 miles; Avondale, AZ; FT enrollment: 2,121)
  • Universal Technical Institute of Arizona Inc (about 16 miles; Avondale, AZ; FT enrollment: 3,088)
  • Universal Technical Institute-Motorcycle Mechanics (about 17 miles; Phoenix, AZ; FT enrollment: 3,197)
  • Everest College-Phoenix (about 18 miles; Phoenix, AZ; FT enrollment: 4,060)
  • Western International University (about 18 miles; Phoenix, AZ; FT enrollment: 2,927)

Biggest public elementary/middle schools in Surprise:

Private elementary/middle school in Surprise:

  • ABOVE AND BEYOND CHILDCARE (Students: 98; Location: 17475 W BELL RD; Grades: PK - 2)
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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
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Air Quality Index (AQI)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2010 was 36.3. This is about average.
City:

36.3
U.S.:

32.0
Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2010 was 0.434. This is worse than average. There were 11 monitors within city limits.
City:

0.434
U.S.:

0.334
Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2010 was 1.76. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 18.7 miles away from the city center.
City:

1.76
U.S.:

2.43
Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2010 was 17.2. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 18.7 miles away from the city center.
City:

17.2
U.S.:

9.4
Ozone [ppb] level in 2010 was 27.7. This is about average. There were 11 monitors within city limits.
City:

27.7
U.S.:

28.3
Particulate Matter (PM10) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 33.7. This is significantly worse than average. There were 14 monitors within city limits.
City:

33.7
U.S.:

22.1
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 8.81. This is about average. Closest monitor was 16.6 miles away from the city center.
City:

8.81
U.S.:

9.59

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

JOMAX WELL (Population served: 25, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • CCR Complete Failure to Report - Between JUL-2004 and DEC-2025, Consumer Confidence Rule. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (NOV-03-2005)
  • CCR Complete Failure to Report - Between JUL-2003 and DEC-2025, Consumer Confidence Rule. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (NOV-03-2005)
  • One regular monitoring violation

Drinking water stations with addresses in Surprise that have no violations reported:

  • DESERT OASIS (Population served: 25, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2011: 10.6%

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

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in Surprise, AZ

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

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 above state average.
  • Renting percentage 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.


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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

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Surprise, Arizona:

  • Windmill Inn At Sun City West, 12545 W Bell Rd, Surprise, AZ 85374 , Phone: (623) 583-0133, Fax: (623) 583-8366
  • Quality Inn & Suites, 16741 N Greasewood St, Surprise, AZ 85374 , Phone: (623) 583-3500
  • Hampton Inn & Suites , 14783 W Grand Ave, Surprise, AZ 85374 , Phone: (623) 537-9122, Fax: (623) 537-9123
  • Comfort Inn & Suites Of Arizona , 13337 W Grand Ave, Surprise, AZ 85374 , Phone: (623) 544-6874, Fax: (623) 975-2837
  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites , 16540 N Bullard Ave, Surprise, AZ 85374 , Phone: (623) 975-5540, Fax: (623) 975-2061
  • Residence Inn By Marriott Phoenix NW Surprise , 16418 N Bullard Ave, Surprise, AZ 85374 , Phone: (623) 249-6333, Fax: (623) 249-5866
  • Days Inn & Suites Surprise, Az , 12477 W Bell Rd, Surprise, AZ 85374 , Phone: (623) 933-4000, Fax: (623) 933-4003
All 7 fire-safe hotels and motels in Surprise, Arizona

Educational Attainment (%) in 2011

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)


Surprise travel time to work - commute


Surprise mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (51%)
  • Electricity (47%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (1%)

Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Surprise (based on Maricopa County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 39.73%
Here39.7%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchLDS (Mormon) ChurchSouthern Baptist ConventionJewishAssemblies of God
Adherents43.4%12.6%6.3%4.9%4.7%
Congregations5.9%24.2%8.1%1.3%5.7%
NameEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaUnited Methodist Church Charismatic Churches Independent Non-Charismatic Churches IndependentOther
Adherents4.2%2.7%2.1%1.9%17.2%
Congregations3.7%3.2%1.0%1.8%45.2%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 501
Maricopa County:

1.30 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.36 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 60
Maricopa County:

0.16 / 10,000 pop.
Arizona:

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

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

5.86 / 10,000 pop.
Arizona:

6.21 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

7.7%
Arizona:

8.0%
Adult obesity rate:
Maricopa County:

22.5%
State:

22.8%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Maricopa County:

14.8%
State:

14.2%

Local government employment and payroll (March 2007)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 47$261,912$66,8710$0
Other Government Administration 82$405,432$59,3320$0
Judicial and Legal 32$158,715$59,5180$0
Police Protection - Officers 103$604,719$70,4530$0
Police - Other 33$139,934$50,8851$2,708
Firefighters 93$558,211$72,0270$0
Fire - Other 15$87,515$70,0120$0
Streets and Highways 53$246,241$55,7530$0
Health 3$10,180$40,7200$0
Solid Waste Management 26$90,433$41,7380$0
Sewerage 36$204,126$68,0420$0
Parks and Recreation 56$265,955$56,990125$135,284
Housing and Community Development(Local) 11$57,079$62,2688$12,170
Other and Unallocable 70$294,187$50,4323$4,563
Totals for Government 660$3,384,639$61,539137$154,725

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

  • Construction - Sewerage: $19,207,000 ($158.36)
    Water Utilities: $7,190,000 ($59.28)
    Police Protection: $2,074,000 ($17.10)
    Parks and Recreation: $1,430,000 ($11.79)
    General - Other: $634,000 ($5.23)
  • Current Operations - Parks and Recreation: $11,527,000 ($95.04)
    Police Protection: $10,744,000 ($88.58)
    Regular Highways: $8,529,000 ($70.32)
    Local Fire Protection: $7,762,000 ($64.00)
    Sewerage: $7,341,000 ($60.53)
    General - Other: $6,789,000 ($55.97)
    Central Staff Services: $4,999,000 ($41.22)
    Water Utilities: $4,823,000 ($39.77)
    Housing and Community Development: $4,176,000 ($34.43)
    Solid Waste Management: $3,006,000 ($24.78)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $2,744,000 ($22.62)
    Financial Administration: $1,994,000 ($16.44)
    General Public Buildings: $1,636,000 ($13.49)
    Transit Utilities: $367,000 ($3.03)
    Libraries: $149,000 ($1.23)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $2,636,000 ($21.73)
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $16,054,000 ($132.36)
    Police Protection: $8,340,000 ($68.76)
    Parks and Recreation: $3,338,000 ($27.52)
    Sewerage: $3,141,000 ($25.90)
    Water Utilities: $2,694,000 ($22.21)
    Regular Highways: $2,571,000 ($21.20)
    Central Staff Services: $1,933,000 ($15.94)
    Local Fire Protection: $1,916,000 ($15.80)
    Solid Waste Management: $1,079,000 ($8.90)
    Transit Utilities: $110,000 ($0.91)
    Financial Administration: $56,000 ($0.46)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $26,000 ($0.21)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $39,755,000 ($327.78)

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

  • Charges - All Other: $16,468,000 ($135.78)
    Sewerage: $11,882,000 ($97.97)
    Parks and Recreation: $4,627,000 ($38.15)
    Regular Highways: $4,626,000 ($38.14)
    Solid Waste Management: $3,894,000 ($32.11)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Housing and Community Development: $698,000 ($5.75)
    All Other: $524,000 ($4.32)
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $484,000 ($3.99)
  • Miscellaneous - Special Assessments: $19,679,000 ($162.25)
    Interest Earnings: $6,226,000 ($51.33)
    Rents: $5,304,000 ($43.73)
    General Revenue, NEC: $2,138,000 ($17.63)
    Fines and Forfeits: $1,515,000 ($12.49)
    Donations From Private Sources: $244,000 ($2.01)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $7,091,000 ($58.46)
    Transit Utilities: $13,000 ($0.11)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $7,062,000 ($58.23)
    Highways: $3,299,000 ($27.20)
    All Other: $167,000 ($1.38)
    Housing and Community Development: $11,000 ($0.09)
  • Tax - General Sales and Gross Receipts: $48,617,000 ($400.84)
    Property: $6,786,000 ($55.95)
    Other License: $2,991,000 ($24.66)
    Public Utilities Sales: $2,681,000 ($22.10)

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

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $57,564,000 ($474.61)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $54,622,000 ($450.35)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,942,000 ($24.26)

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

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $222,938,000 ($1838.10)

7.17% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($48,819 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.17%
Arizona average:

8.20%

0.14% of residents moved from foreign countries ($585 average AGI)
Maricopa County:

0.14%
Arizona average:

0.18%


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Los Angeles County, CA  0.46% ($42,786 average AGI)
from Pinal County, AZ  0.24% ($41,886)
from Pima County, AZ  0.23% ($41,401)


5.18% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($50,380 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.18%
Arizona average:

5.96%

0.08% of residents moved to foreign countries ($856 average AGI)
Maricopa County:

0.08%
Arizona average:

0.10%


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Pinal County, AZ  0.70% ($51,347 average AGI)
to Yavapai County, AZ  0.17% ($50,328)
to Pima County, AZ  0.17% ($44,290)

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 - 2011 here


National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
Number of bridges: 14
Total length: 54 meters (177ft)
Total costs: $11,914,000
Total average daily traffic: 141,912
Total average daily truck traffic: 16,880

New bridges - Historical Statistics

  • 1960-1969: 2
  • 1970-1979: 0
  • 1980-1989: 12
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

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

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
Businesses in Surprise, AZ
NameCountNameCount
AT&T1Marriott1
Ace Hardware1MasterBrand Cabinets1
Albertsons2McDonald's4
Applebee's1New Balance1
AutoZone2Nike5
Bed Bath & Beyond1OfficeMax1
Big O Tires1Olive Garden1
Blockbuster2Outback1
Budget Car Rental1Outback Steakhouse1
Buffalo Wild Wings1Panda Express1
Burger King2Payless1
CVS3PetSmart1
Chick-Fil-A1Pier 1 Imports1
Chipotle1Pizza Hut3
Church's Chicken1Quality1
Cold Stone Creamery1Quiznos1
Comfort Inn1RadioShack1
Cricket Wireless3Red Lobster1
Curves1Red Robin1
Days Inn1Rue211
Decora Cabinetry1SONIC Drive-In2
Dennys1Safeway3
Discount Tire2Sam's Club1
Domino's Pizza1Sears1
Dunkin Donuts2Sprint Nextel1
Famous Footwear1Starbucks10
FedEx6Subway6
Firestone Complete Auto Care2T-Mobile2
GNC1T.G.I. Driday's1
H&R Block5Taco Bell2
Holiday Inn1Target1
Home Depot1The Room Place1
IHOP1Trader Joe's1
Jack In The Box3U-Haul1
Jones New York1UPS7
KFC2Verizon Wireless2
Kohl's2Village Inn1
Kroger3Vons3
Lane Bryant1Walgreens4
Long John Silver's1Walmart2
Lowe's1Wendy's2
Browse common businesses in Surprise, AZ


Surprise on our top lists:

  • #1 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage population increase from 2000 to 2006 (population 50,000+)"
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  • #5 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Drafters, engineering, and mapping technicians (population 50,000+)"
  • #5 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females working in industry: Motor vehicle and parts dealers (population 50,000+)"
  • #6 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males working in industry: Administrative and support and waste management services (population 50,000+)"
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  • #13 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage population increases in the 1990s)"
  • #13 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage increase in population in the 1990s"
  • #20 on the list of "Top 101 cities with most building permits per 1,000 residents in 2004-2006"
  • #22 on the list of "Top 100 cities with newest houses (pop. 5,000+)"
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  • #23 on the list of "Top 101 larger cities with the highest increase in household income from 2000 to 2005"
  • #23 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females working in industry: Construction (population 50,000+)"
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