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Surprise was founded in 1938 by Flora Mae Statler. It has undergone tremendous growth since its humble beginnings as a one-square-mile stretch of land with a few homes and a gas station. Agriculture generated jobs, and industrialization was soon to follow. It was incorporated into a city in 1960. A local government was soon thereafter organized, and paved roads, city parks, and local water resources were soon established. The population soared in the mid-’90s and new commercial developments were built to provide for the new residents. The city still strives for a small-town feel true to its roots.

Surprise is now a thriving city in Maricopa County. From 2000 to 2010, the population grew 281%, and is now about 117,500 people. It is the second-fastest expanding municipality in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area. Retirees make up a large portion of the city’s population. They are attracted by Sun City Grand, an upscale age-restricted retirement community developed by Del Webb. 64.6% of the population is married. The median resident age is 36, and the average household size is 2.8. 14.5% of the population is single parents with children. About 31% of the population is made up of children under the age of 18. There are about 41,000 households, and about 31,500 of those are families. 88.4% of residents are white, 5.5% are black, 2% are asian, and 1% are native american. 17% of the population is of hispanic ethnicity, while 83% is non-hispanic.

The median home price is $181,500, and the median home age is 9 years. That’s 28 years younger than the national average. The majority of homes in Surprise are new. 17.8% of houses and apartments here are unoccupied.Renters make up 19.4% of Surprise’s population. 62.8% of homes are owned, while 19.4% are rented. 7.1% of vacation homes are vacant, which is twice the national average.

Notable attractions include a 10,562-square-foot aquatics center and Maricopa County’s northwest regional library. Surprise Stadium, where the Kansas City Roals and Texas Rangers baseball teams train, is also located here. Additionally, Surprise is a mere 20 miles northwest of Phoenix.

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      Surprise Schools

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