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Overview

Introduction to Surprise, Arizona

Surprise, Arizona is 6 miles NW of Peoria, Arizona and 19 miles NW of Phoenix, Arizona. It is in Maricopa county. The city is part of the Phoenix - Mesa metropolitan area.

Surprise History

Real estate developer and state legislator Homer C. Ludden founded the city of Surprise in 1938. The community was named after his hometown of Surprise, Nebraska. Initially, there were only a few houses and a gas station in the area. However, Surprise experienced dramatic growth over the following years and was officially incorporated as a city in 1960. Sun City Grand, an age-restricted resort-like community, was built in the city by the Del Webb property development firm. In the 1990s and early 2000s, many retirees moved to the city to live in this community.

Surprise and nearby Attractions

  • Bead Museum
  • West Valley Art Museum
  • Lake Pleasant
  • Cerreta Candy Factory
  • White Tank Regional Park

Things To Do In Surprise

The Bead Museum showcases many exhibits about the global history of beads, some of which are over 30,000 years old. The West Valley Art Museum also provides valuable information about the local history and culture of the area. While in Surprise, one can also pay a visit to the Bard Ranch, Calderwood Station, Waddell Substation and the Surprise Town Hall. The Centennial Friendship Park and Surprise Park provide a host of recreational facilities for both residents and visitors.

Surprise Transportation

Luke AFB Airport provides facilities for air transportation.

Surprise Higher Education

Opportunities for higher education are provided by Phoenix College, Paradise Valley Community College, Gateway Community College and Glendale Community College.

Demographics

People

Total Population129,534
Male Share of the Population47.7%
Female Share of the Population52.3%
Senior Citizens22.5%
Employed Population 16+51,891
Age of the Population41

Families

% of people married59%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher27.5%
Median Earnings25+$40,739
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$27,967
Median Earnings With High School Degree$33,129

Wealth

Median Family Income$71,786
% Above Poverty Level90.9%
% Below Poverty Level9.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time30 minutes
% Working from Home6.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.2%
% Using Public Transportation0.2%

Housing

People Living Alone21.3%
Median Gross Rent$1,219
Median House Value$213,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)29.6%
German18.9%
Irish11.8%
English9.7%
Italian5.6%
Polish3.9%
French Except Basque3.4%
Scottish2.1%
Norwegian1.9%
Swedish1.6%
Dutch1.1%
Arab0.9%
Danishn0.8%
Canadian0.7%
Russian0.7%
Welsh0.7%
Iraqi0.6%
Hungarian0.5%
African0.5%
Romanian0.4%
Czech0.4%
Swiss0.3%
Portuguese0.3%
Greek0.3%
Lithuanian0.3%
Austrian0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
Croatian0.2%
US/American0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
Jamaican0.1%
Albanian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Serbian0.1%
Australian0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
Syrian0.1%
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Surprise Almanac

CategoryValue
County Maricopa County
Standard Zip Codes85378, 85388, 85374, 85379, 85387
Phone Area Codes623
Time ZoneAmerica/Phoenix
Approximate Latitude33.63
Approximate Longitude-112.34

Surprise Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationYOUNGTOWN
Distance2.8 miles
Jan Temp41 to 68 F
Apr Temp54 to 86 F
Jul Temp79 to 108 F
Oct Temp59 to 90 F
Annual Precip9 inches
StationLITCHFIELD PARK
Distance9.2 miles
Jan Temp37 to 67 F
Apr Temp51 to 86 F
Jul Temp75 to 108 F
Oct Temp55 to 90 F
Annual Precip8.6 inches
StationDEER VALLEY (PHOENIX)
Distance14.7 miles
Jan Temp39 to 66 F
Apr Temp51 to 83 F
Jul Temp77 to 104 F
Oct Temp57 to 87 F
Annual Precip7.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
El Mirage34,400$52,301
Glendale241,543$58,673
Litchfield Park5,686$95,174
Peoria161,383$80,157
Tolleson7,052$43,346
Youngtown6,625$50,245

Surprise Public Schools

Arizona Charter Academy
16011 N. Dysart Rd.
ZIP: 85374
Other
Total Enrollment 739
Dysart Ischool
15802 N Parkview Place
ZIP: 85374
High
Total Enrollment 15
Kingswood Elementary School
15150 West Mondell Road
ZIP: 85374
Primary
Total Enrollment 674
Paradise Education Center
15533 W. Paradise Ln.
ZIP: 85374
Primary
Total Enrollment 1512
Paradise Honors High School
12775 N. 175th Avenue
ZIP: 85374
High
Total Enrollment 468
Parkview Elementary
15800 N. Parkview Place
ZIP: 85374
Primary
Total Enrollment 880
Valley Vista High School
15550 N. Parkview Place
ZIP: 85374
High
Total Enrollment 2457
West Point Elementary School
13700 W. Greenway Road
ZIP: 85374
Primary
Total Enrollment 864
West-mec - Valley Vista High School
15550 N. Parkview Pl.
ZIP: 85374
High
Total Enrollment 4
West-mec - Willow Canyon High School
17901 W. Lundburg St.
ZIP: 85374
High
Total Enrollment 3
Willow Canyon High School
17901 W Lundberg St
ZIP: 85374
High
Total Enrollment 2084
Ashton Ranch Elementary School
14898 W. Acoma Drive
ZIP: 85379
Primary
Total Enrollment 1025
Calibre Academy Surprise
15688 West Acoma Lane
ZIP: 85379
Primary
Total Enrollment 758
Countryside Elementary School
15047 N. Parkview Place
ZIP: 85379
Primary
Total Enrollment 970
Imagine Prep Surprise
14850 N. 156th Ave.
ZIP: 85379
High
Total Enrollment 248
Imagine Rosefield
12050 N. Bullard Avenue
ZIP: 85379
Primary
Total Enrollment 765
Imagine Surprise Middle
14850 N. 156th Ave.
ZIP: 85379
Middle
Total Enrollment 307
Marley Park Elementary
15042 West Sweetwater Road
ZIP: 85379
Primary
Total Enrollment 1143
Rancho Gabriela
15272 West Gabriela Drive
ZIP: 85379
Primary
Total Enrollment 1158
Sonoran Heights Elementary
11405 N. Greer Ranch Parkway
ZIP: 85379
Primary
Total Enrollment 961
Sunset Hills Elementary
17825 W. Sierra Montana Loop
ZIP: 85379
Primary
Total Enrollment 1214
Desert Oasis Elementary School
17161 W. Bajada Road
ZIP: 85387
Primary
Total Enrollment 456
Canyon Ridge School
17359 W. Surprise Farms Loop N
ZIP: 85388
Primary
Total Enrollment 1001
Cimarron Springs Elementary
17032 W. Surprise Farms Loop S
ZIP: 85388
Primary
Total Enrollment 950
E-institute At Surprise
16578 W Greenway Rd
ZIP: 85388
High
Total Enrollment 175
Shadow Ridge High School
10909 N. Perryville Road
ZIP: 85388
High
Total Enrollment 1735
Western Peaks Elementary
18063 W Surprise Farms Loop So
ZIP: 85388
Primary
Total Enrollment 1093

Surprise Private Schools

The Palms Christian School
17475 W Bell Rd
ZIP: 85374
Elementary
Total Enrollment 52
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