Surprise, AZ
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Surprise is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Arizona. With a population of 132,677 people and 28 constituent neighborhoods, Surprise is the tenth largest community in Arizona. Surprise has seen a significant amount of newer housing growth in recent years. Quite often, new home construction is the result of new residents moving in who are middle class or wealthier, attracted by jobs, a healthy local economy, or other amenities as they leave nearby or far away areas for greener pastures. This seems to be the case in Surprise, where the median household income is $59,916.00.

Surprise real estate is some of the most expensive in Arizona, although Surprise house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Surprise is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Surprise is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Surprise who work in office and administrative support (16.39%), sales jobs (12.44%), and management occupations (9.88%).

Also of interest is that Surprise has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

In Surprise, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.96 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.

In terms of college education, Surprise is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 27.52% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Surprise in 2010 was $26,013, which is upper middle income relative to Arizona and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $104,052 for a family of four. However, Surprise contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Surprise is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Surprise home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Surprise residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Surprise also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 19.02% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Surprise include Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Surprise is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German.