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Surprise is a city in Maricopa County, in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale metro area.

The community was named after developer Homer C. Ludden's hometown of Surprise, NE

The latitude of Surprise is 33.630N. The longitude is -112.332W.

It is in the Mountain Standard time zone. Elevation is 1,175 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 50,585.


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Median household income
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$44,156
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Surprise demographic reports
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Nearby parks & recreation: Lake Pleasant, White Tank Regional Park
Sports teams: AZL Rangers (minor league baseball), AZL Royals (minor league baseball), Grand Canyon Rafters (minor league baseball), Scorpions (minor league baseball)
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National index: 100
Local index: 88

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17% of Surprise residents report German ancestry, and 10% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Surprise ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Surprise was $21,451, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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20% of Surprise residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Median rent in Surprise, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $574.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $955.


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Libraries in Surprise include Hollyhock Branch Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Surprise include Surprise Today

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Maricopa County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Surprise political report.

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The average commute time for Surprise workers is 30 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 7 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Surprise between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 2.3 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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