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 138,161 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 $65,160.00.

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 (15.59%), sales jobs (13.26%), and management occupations (9.63%).

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, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 30.99 minutes every day commuting to work.

The percentage of people in Surprise who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 27.44% of adults in Surprise have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Surprise in 2010 was $29,509, which is upper middle income relative to Arizona and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $118,036 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 18.86% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Surprise include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.

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