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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    C+
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    C+
Surprise is a suburb of Phoenix with a population of 132,904. Surprise is in Maricopa County. Living in Surprise offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Surprise there are a lot of parks. Many families, young professionals, and retirees live in Surprise and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Surprise are above average.
About Surprise...
Population
132,904

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$225,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,289
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    25%
  • Own
    75%
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Surprise Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    42.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    2.8
    6.1
  • Rape
    19.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    32.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    153.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,226.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    97.2
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 25-34 years
    11%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    22%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    18%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    39%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    25%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    13%

Working in Surprise

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$65,160
National
$55,322

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Being originally from SoCal then living in the midwest for 13 yrs, we thought we would be able to adjust to city life again. To our Surprise....Not loving Surprise, AZ! All of the houses/subdivisions look the same and more than not, everyone of them has an HOA that raises its prices yearly. Traffic is ridiculous, electricity with APS is expensive, schools districts are subpar, people are rude, constant car/home burglaries being reported, and dust is everywhere! Our allergies are worse here than during harvest season in the midwest (we were surrounded by corn/bean fields). The only thing we enjoy is not shoveling snow and being 5-6 hrs from Orange County, California where our immediate family lives. So, needless to say. Yes its newer, yes its growing, yes summers are scorchers and yes winters are awesome....but for our family, we plan on selling and moving back towards the midwest in the next few years. Surprised, Surprise is not for us!
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I love living out in Surprise because it is a new environment with constant expanding. There has not been much crime in Surprise from at least since I have experienced living there. I have had no problems with the city of Surprise and don't plan on moving any time soon. Come to Surprise, Arizona!
Surprise is a continuously growing suburb near Phoenix. The city is a safe, calm area, that has many families. Along with families, the city also has many retirement communities. It is a rather quiet city and doesn't have too much nightlife aside from local bars. The city is continuing developing and new houses are being built each day. This is a great place for families looking for the typical life in the suburbs or retired folks looking for a nice place to relax and have fun!