Surprise, Arizona Population 2019
Surprise is located in Maricopa County, Arizona about 30 miles northwest of Phoenix and part of the Phoenix metropolitan area. Metro Phoenix has an estimated population of 4.7 million and Surprise is the 9th largest city in the area. Surprise is the second-fastest growing municipality in the metro area after Gilbert and was the 6th fastest growing city or town in the U.S. in the 1990s. In 2019, Surprise, Arizona has an estimated population of 135,000.
Diversity and Population Statistics
Just under 9% of the population of Surprise is foreign-born. Surprise is considered a fairly old city with an average age among residents of 46 years compared to 38 for the United States (https://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/terence-p-jeffrey/us-median-age-hits-all-time-high-38-record-86248-are-100-or-older) as a whole.
Surprise, Arizona is a young city founded by Flora Statler in 1938. She named the city because she would be "surprised if the town ever amounted to much." The town was believed to have been founded by her husband, a real estate developer named Homer Ludden, but property records in 2010 showed Statler was the owner before she met Ludden.
In the early years, Surprise was nothing more than a gas station and affordable homes for agricultural workers but it has grown rapidly since. Surprise was incorporated in 1960 and became a popular destination for retirees beginning in the 1990s and 2000s. This led to the development of Sun City Grand, an age-restricted community which has grown from 10,000 residents to 75,000 residents in 2004.
In 2016, Surprise was named one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. In 2019, the state was also ranked as the 3rd fastest growing in part due to shrinking wages and affordability in the area. Maricopa County has led Arizona's population growth, reporting eight straight years of population gains since 2011 (https://cronkitenews.azpbs.org/2019/04/18/census-maricopa-population-gains/) and adding 81,000 new residents among the 122,000 new people who moved to Arizona. While Surprise remains popular among retirees, it's also gaining attention from people in the labor force, especially those struggling to keep up with California's rising housing costs and stagnant wages.
Surprise Az Demographics
According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Surprise Az was:
- White: 84.43%
- Black or African American: 5.90%
- Other race: 3.69%
- Two or more races: 3.11%
- Asian: 2.33%
- Native American: 0.41%
- Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.13%
Surprise, Arizona's estimated population is 138,161 according to the most recent United States census estimates. Surprise, Arizona is the 10th largest city in Arizona based on official 2017 estimates from the US Census Bureau.
The population density is 1281.00 people/mi² (494.59 people/km²), with a household density of 200.25 people/km² (518.64 people/mi²).
The overall median age is 41.3 years, 40.8 years for males, and 41.7 years for females. For every 100 females there are 91.4 males.
Based on data from the American Community Survey, in 2017 there were 55,938 households in the city, with an average size of people per household. The homeowner vacancy rate was 3.4%, with a median rent of $1219/month. The median house has 5.7 rooms, and has a value of $213,600.
The median income for households in Surprise, Arizona is $62,927, while the mean household income is $74,992.