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.

History

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.

Population Growth

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.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2018138,1613,2462.41%
2017134,9151,9441.46%
2016132,9712,5221.93%
2015130,4492,4671.93%
2014127,9822,8682.29%
2013125,1142,7922.28%
2012122,3222,6742.23%
2011119,6481,9741.68%
2010117,67486,82614.33%
200030,84823,72615.79%
19907,1223,3996.70%
19803,7230.00%

Population by Race

Race Population
White109,362
Black or African American7,640
Some Other Race4,776
Two or More Races4,030
Asian3,016
American Indian and Alaska Native537
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander173

Surprise Az Population Pyramid 2019

Surprise Az Median Age

41.3


Total

40.8


Male

41.7


Female

Surprise Az Adults

There are 98,523 adults, (29,146 of whom are seniors) in Surprise Az.

Surprise Az Age Dependency

86.7

Age Dependency Ratio

42

Old Age Dependency Ratio

44.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Surprise Az Sex Ratio

Female

67,691

52.26%

Male

61,843

47.74%

Surprise Az Households and Families

Surprise Az Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Surprise Az Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married80.8%19.2%
All74%26%
Non Family66.3%33.7%
Male62%38%
Female56.2%43.8%

74.0%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All47,3782.7374
Married28,9193.1980.8
Non Family12,3131.2766.3
Female4,6563.4756.2
Male1,4903.4362

3.18

Average Family Size

2.73

Average Household Size

5.2%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.2%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Surprise Az Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2,0902.32%
9th to 12th Grade4,8265.37%
High School Graduate23,21425.82%
Some College26,07029.00%
Associates Degree8,9349.94%
Bachelors Degree16,47118.32%
Graduate Degree8,2929.22%

Surprise Az Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White68,38664,97720,227
Hispanic13,19610,3311,816
Black4,5964,2391,417
Other Race2,9412,338271
Asian2,2131,971889
Multiple Races1,3421,260394
Native American38238058
Islander14013428

The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 99.48%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among native american people with a rate of 40.17%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$40,739$47,619$35,000
Less Than High School$27,967$30,944$22,500
High School Grad$33,129$39,757$26,106
Some College$40,091$49,207$32,850
Bachelors Degree$51,549$60,913$45,709
Graduate Degree$54,816$73,295$47,159

$40,739

Average Earnings

$47,619

Average Male

$35,000

Average Female

Surprise Az Language

Surprise Az Language by Age

Surprise Az Language

85.15% of Surprise Az residents speak only English, while 14.85% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 9.91% of the population.

Surprise Az Poverty

Surprise Az Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White90,7847,5598.33%
Hispanic23,9082,63211.01%
Black7,6161,11714.67%
Multiple4,03051112.68%
Other4,71849610.51%
Asian3,0161565.17%
Native525428.00%
Islander1733319.08%

9.15%

Overall Poverty Rate

8.06%

Male Poverty Rate

10.15%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Surprise Az

The race most likely to be in poverty in Surprise Az is Islander, with 19.08% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Surprise Az is Asian, with 5.17% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.55%. Among those working part-time, it was 12.19%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 12.49%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School13.80%
High School11.75%
Some College6.23%
Bachelors or Greater3.95%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed25.68%
Male Unemployed22.97%
Female Employed4.73%
Male Employed3.88%

Surprise Az Income

Surprise Az Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$62,927$74,992
Families$71,786$82,950
Married Families$77,957-
Non Families$39,734$48,210

Surprise Az Marital Status

Surprise Az Marital Status

Marriage Rates

59.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

62.2%

Male Marriage Rate

56.1%

Female Marriage Rate

Surprise Az Married by Age and Sex

Surprise Az Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Surprise Az Marital Status by Race

Surprise Az Veterans

12,241

Number of Veterans

11,105

Male Veterans

1,136

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam4,454
First Gulf War2,992
Second Gulf War1,660
Korea1,237
World War II546
Age Group Veterans
75+3,576
65 to 743,520
35 to 542,919
55 to 641,511
18 to 34715

Surprise Az Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White10,71012.75%
Hispanic9946.39%
Black90115.88%
2 or More25114.85%
Other2447.14%
Asian1074.32%
Indian286.03%

Surprise Az Veterans by Education

4.04%

Veteran Poverty Rate

29.46%

Veteran Disability Rate

Surprise Az Employment Status

55.7%

Labor Force Participation

51.3%

Employment Rate

6.7%

Unemployment Rate

Surprise Az Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

30.74%

Born in Arizona

91.40%

Native Born

8.60%

Foreign Born

3.10%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

91.40% of Surprise Az residents were born in the United States, with 30.74% having been born in Arizona. 3.10% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.