Surprise, AZ
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Living in Surprise


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. Much of the housing stock in Surprise was built relatively recently. The construction of new real estate can often be taken as an indication that the local Surprise economy is robust, and that jobs or other amenities are attracting an influx of new residents. This seems to be the case in Surprise, where the median household income is $61,035.00.

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.

Surprise is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (16.67%), sales jobs (13.59%), and management occupations (9.52%).

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.

One downside of living in Surprise is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Surprise, the average commute to work is 32.17 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Surprise is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Surprise area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

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: 27.60% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Surprise in 2010 was $26,675, which is upper middle income relative to Arizona and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $106,700 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 18.23% 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 Arabic.