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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.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Surprise demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Maricopa County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Phoenix area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 85379 ZIP code.
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.
20% of Surprise residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Median rent in Surprise, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $574. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $955.
Libraries in Surprise include Hollyhock Branch Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Surprise include Surprise Today
Maricopa County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Surprise political report.
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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