Living in Surprise, AZ

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Updated: 2020-03-10

Surprise SnackAbility

8
Overall SnackAbility
Jobs
7/10
Housing
8.5
Affordability
5
Diversity
8.5
Safety
8
Amenities
8.5
Education
8
Commute
5

Surprise, AZ Crime Report

2,268
Total Crimes
1,660.2
Total Crimes / 100k People
-35.36%
Below National Average

Surprise, AZ Cost Of Living

102
Surprise's Overall Cost Of Living
1.0x
Higher Than The National Average

Surprise, Arizona Info Snack

Surprise is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona. The population was 30,848 at the 2000 census; however, rapid expansion has boosted the city's population to 117,517 at the 2010 census, an increase of 281%. As such, it is the second fastest-expanding municipality in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area (after Gilbert) and, between 1990 and 2000, it was the sixth fastest-expanding place among all cities and towns in Arizona.
Population
132,904
Unemployment
6.9%
Poverty
8.4%
Median Home
$225,200
Median Income
$65,160
Median Rent
$1,289

Surprise, AZ Photos

Rankings for Surprise in Arizona

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Map Of Surprise, AZ

Population over time in Surprise

Year Population % Change
2017 132,904 2.6%
2016 129,534 1.6%
2015 127,492 3.0%
2014 123,813 1.8%
2013 121,648 2.4%
2012 118,784 3.3%
2011 115,007 4.5%
2010 110,097 6.1%
2009 103,767 -
Crime/100k Surprise AZ USA
Violent Crime 120.8 474.9 368.9
Murder 5.1 5.1 5.0
Robbery 27.1 91.0 86.2
Aggravated Assault 73.2 328.1 246.8
Property Crime 1539.4 2676.8 2199.5
Burglary 174.9 439.7 376.0
Larceny 1223.9 1970.3 1594.6
Car Theft 140.5 266.9 228.9

Race / Ethnicity in Surprise

White
69.7% (92,685)
African American
5.8% (7,672)
American Indian
0.3% (406)
Asian
2.6% (3,498)
Hawaiian
0.1% (144)
Other
0.3% (420)
Two Or More
2.3% (3,011)
Hispanic
18.9% (25,068)
Race Surprise AZ USA
White 69.7% 55.1% 61.1%
African American 5.8% 4.1% 12.3%
American Indian 0.3% 3.9% 0.7%
Asian 2.6% 3.2% 5.4%
Hawaiian 0.1% 0.2% 0.2%
Other 0.3% 0.1% 0.2%
Two Or More 2.3% 2.2% 2.4%
Hispanic 18.9% 31.1% 17.8%

Household Income For Surprise, Arizona

Less than $10,000
3.7% (485,523)
$10,000 to $14,999
2.5% (330,774)
$15,000 to $24,999
6.0% (791,427)
$25,000 to $34,999
8.7% (1,155,638)
$35,000 to $49,999
13.6% (1,808,898)
$50,000 to $74,999
23.0% (3,057,938)
$75,000 to $99,999
16.6% (2,205,440)
$100,000 to $149,999
17.5% (2,320,949)
$150,000 to $199,999
4.9% (657,128)
$200,000 or more
3.6% (476,680)
Income Surprise AZ USA
Less than $10,000 3.7% 6.8% 6.3%
$10,000 to $14,999 2.5% 4.4% 4.6%
$15,000 to $24,999 6.0% 9.7% 9.3%
$25,000 to $34,999 8.7% 9.9% 9.3%
$35,000 to $49,999 13.6% 13.9% 12.6%
$50,000 to $74,999 23.0% 18.7% 17.5%
$75,000 to $99,999 16.6% 12.5% 12.5%
$100,000 to $149,999 17.5% 13.6% 14.6%
$150,000 to $199,999 4.9% 5.3% 6.3%
$200,000 or more 3.6% 5.3% 7.0%

Gender in Surprise

Female
51.9% (69,012)
Male
48.1% (63,892)
Gender Surprise AZ USA
Female 51.9% 50.3% 50.8%
Male 48.1% 49.7% 49.2%

Highest level of educational attainment in Surprise for adults over 25

< 9th Grade
3.0% (3,987)
9-12th Grade
5.0% (6,645)
High School / GED
25.0% (33,226)
Some College
29.0% (38,542)
Associate's Degree
10.0% (13,290)
Bachelor's Degree
18.0% (23,922)
Master's Degree
8.0% (10,632)
Professional Degree
1.0% (1,329)
Doctorate Degree
1.0% (1,329)
Education Surprise AZ USA
< 9th Grade 3.0% 6.0% 6.0%
9-12th Grade 5.0% 7.0% 7.0%
High School / GED 25.0% 24.0% 27.0%
Some College 29.0% 25.0% 21.0%
Associate's Degree 10.0% 9.0% 8.0%
Bachelor's Degree 18.0% 18.0% 19.0%
Master's Degree 8.0% 8.0% 9.0%
Professional Degree 1.0% 2.0% 2.0%
Doctorate Degree 1.0% 1.0% 1.0%

1 Reviews & Comments About Surprise

Overall User Rating
2.0
/5

HomeSnacks User

Like every state, Arizona has its good and it's bad areas. Crime wise, I would rate it low, there's not a whole lot of crime that goes on, there is drug addicts and some rude people here, your not going to get shot or mugged, at most you'll get flipped off by someone in traffic. The schools are ok at best, Arizona does not have the best schools, but if your wanting to get through school there is not a whole lot of challenges here. There is not a whole lot to do, no famous shopping centers or Arizona only restaurants. If you like the desert then you'll love here, if you are expecting something amazing to happen then it's definitely not in Arizona.

Honestly nothing stands out here. The only thing arizona is truly known for is the Grand Canyon and the heat. Traffic isn't to bad, nothing like LA or NY, but there is definitely certain times of the day you don't want to be on the road.

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