Surprise, Arizona

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The city of Surprise is located in the southern portion of the U.S. state of Arizona.  Surprise, Arizona resides in Maricopa County, Arizona and is considered a suburb of Phoenix, the capital of Arizona and the most populous city in the state.  Prior to United States intervention, this area was inhabited by the Hohokam peoples.  The Hohokam lived here for roughly 2,000 years before mostly abandoning it around 1450.

Surprise, Arizona, however, wouldn’t be founded until 1938.  According to The Arizona Republic, before 2010 historians believed the city was founded by real estate developer and state legislator Homer C. Ludden.  In 2010, though, property records were discovered proving the land was owned by Ludden’s wife, Flora Mae Statler, before she had even met him.  Now Statler has been given her rightful historic place as the founder of Surprise, Arizona.  Statler named the town Surprise as she, quote, “would be surprised if the town ever amounted to much.”  Luckily – she was wrong about that!

The U.S. Census Bureau’s year 2000 estimate for Surprise, Arizona’s total population was 30,848 people.  By 2010, the Bureau’s estimate had risen to 117,517 people!  (That’s an increase of 281%!)  In fact, Surprise, Arizona is considered the second fastest-expanding municipality in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area (after Gilbert, Arizona).  According to the Bureau’s 2015 estimate, Surprise, Arizona now has a total population of 128,422 people!  This makes it the 215th most populous city in the United States.  Surprise, Arizona, as mentioned above, is considered part of the greater Phoenix metropolitan area.  The Phoenix Metropolitan Area, according to that same 2015 estimate, has a total population of 4,574,531 people.  This makes it the 12th most populous metropolitan area in the United States.

Surprise, Arizona’s 2013 City Comprehensive Annual Financial Report claims the city’s largest employer is Dysart Unified School District, which is responsible for 1,753 jobs.  The city’s second largest employer is Walmart, which employs 988 people, while its third largest employer is the City of Surprise, providing employment for 631 souls.  Surprise, Arizona’s fourth largest employer is Fry’s Food and Drug, providing 537 jobs to the local economy.  Surprise, Arizona scores 100.3 on the cost of living index.

Elsewhere in the city of Surprise, Arizona is a 10,562 square-foot Aquatics Center.  Additionally, Surprise, Arizona is also home to Maricopa County’s Northwest Regional Library, which is a 20,000 square-foot, $5.5 million facility.

As for sports, Surprise, Arizona is positively brimming with activity.  In fact, the city is home to the Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex, which opened in 2007.  In 2008, USTA awarded the complex with the Outstanding Facility of the Year Award.  The Complex also hosts the Outback Champion Series Tour, a USTA Pro Circuit Event, many USTA regional and sectional events, and the 2009 Fed Cup Quarter Final between the USA and Argentina.

Surprise, Arizona is also home to Surprise Stadium.  Surprise Stadium, built in 2002 and designed by HOK Sport, has a 10,714-seating capacity.  Surprise Stadium serves as the home of the Arizona Fall League’s Surprise Saguaros, a baseball team.  The Saguaros, who were founded in 1994, have two league titles to their names.  The Saguaros’ major league affiliations include the Boston Red Sox, Minnesota Twins, Pittsburgh Pirates, Texas Rangers, and Kansas City Royals.  Speaking of the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers, they both use Surprise Stadium as their spring training home.

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