Surprise, AZ


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The population of Surprise, AZ is estimated to be about 110,000 and boasts a 10,500 square-foot Aquatics Center, Maricopa County’s northwest regional library (cost of $5.5 million and 20,000 square-feet), as well as a 100.3 cost of living index.

Surprise, AZ was founded in 1938 by a woman who named it Surprise as she “would be surprised if the town ever amounted to much”. Although there were only a few houses and a gas station on the one-mile-square parcel of land when it was subdivided to build inexpensive houses for agricultural workers, Surprise has experienced tremendous growth in the years since. It incorporated into a city in 1960.

Tens of thousands of retirees moved to the city in the 1990s and early 2000s to live in Sun City Grand, an age-restricted resort-like community, with homes built by the property development firm Del Webb. Surprise is about five miles northwest of Del Webb’s original Sun City development and adjacent to Sun City West.

Many of Arizona’s top 50 homebuilders cater to new home buyers, who are attracted by the city’s modestly-priced homes, its relative proximity to Phoenix and by the property taxes, which the city claims are among the lowest in the state.

The city is the spring training home of the Kansas City Royals and the Texas Rangers baseball teams. These Major League Baseball teams use Surprise Stadium for their activities.

In February 2007, Surprise approved an agreement with Westcor, facilitating construction of the largest regional mall in Arizona: Prasada. The city expects to realize $60 million per year in sales taxes and projects that Prasada will create more that 20,000 jobs for local residents.

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