A city in Maricopa County, Arizona, Surprise is the second fastest-expanding municipality in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area. Located about 20 miles northwest of Phoenix, Surprise has a total area of 85.6 square miles, of which, 85.5 square miles is land and 0.04 square miles is water. Zip codes serving Surprise, AZ homes for sale include: 85374, 85378, 85379, 85387 and 85388.
Surprise has a 10,562-square-foot Aquatics Center, a $5.5 million, 20,000-square-foot library, and a 100.3 cost of living index. Spring training home of the Kansas City Royals and the Texas Rangers baseball teams, Surprise Stadium is used for their activities. White Tanks Mountiain Regional, is also located in Surprise and is the largest regional park in Maricopa County. The Dysart Unified School District serves a portion of Surprise and Arizona Charter Academy is also located in the area.
The 2014 Surprise, AZ, population is 115,007 with 1,088 people per square mile (population density). The median age is 36. 64.64% of people in the area are married and 10.74% are divorced. The average household size is 2.8 people. 35.06% of people are married with children and 14.44% have children and single.
Surprise has become a go-to destination for vacationers, retirees, and families who are looking for a blend of big-city opportunities and small-town friendliness. And even though the population of Surprise is well over 100,000, it still hasn't lost its small-town feel boasting many rural properties and even entire ranches. Whether you're looking for a single-family home or more moderately priced Surprise, AZ homes for sale, you'll be happy to hear that most of the homes available combine a distinct Southwestern flavor with the most modern amenities.
We focus primarily on Surprise, AZ homes for sale within the following communities, but not limited to:
The median home value in Surprise is $181,500. The median age of Surprise, AZ homes for sale is 9 years. Renters make up 19.38% of the population and 17.74% of houses and apartments in Surprise are unoccupied (vacancy rate).
The unemployment rate in Surprise is 6.30%, with job growth of 1.99%. Future job growth over the next ten years is predicted to be 37.70%. Sales ax rate is 8.50%. Income tax is 3.36%. The income per capita is $24,604, which includes all adults and children. The median household income is $59,973.
Top employers in Surprise include:
Arizona as a whole is recognized as one of the world's premier golf destinations with over 300 golf courses statewide including award-winning municipal courses and year-round tournaments.
Bus, ride share and light rail service provided by Valley Metro. Visit the Valley Metro web site for bus fare information, schedules, transit maps, transit center locations, park and ride locations and more... Dial-A-Ride is available to all residents of Surprise and has the capability of transporting wheelchair clients. This service is provided by Valley Metro, through a contract with Discount Cab. For more information, see the Dial-A-Ride website or call 602-266-8723.
The nearest major airport is Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX / KPHX). with international and domestic flights from Phoenix, 31 miles from the center of Surprise. Another major airport is Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA / KIWA), which has domestic flights from Mesa, 61 miles from Surprise.
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