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Welcome to Surprise ...

The city of Surprise is located in Maricopa County<1>.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Surprise has a population of 141,836 people<2> (see below for details).

We don't have a date for the establishment of Surprise.

Surprise is 1,350 feet [411 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Surprise lies in the Mountain Standard Time Zone (MST) and does not observe daylight saving time

Surprise is located in the (623) area code.

The ZIP codes for Surprise: 85374, 85378-85379, 85387<4>

Websites for Surprise ...

Official Website:   www.surpriseaz.com/

Chamber of Commerce:   www.northwestvalley.com/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Surprise had an population of 141,836 people. This is an increase of 20.69% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 359.79% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Surprise had a population of 117,517 people. This makes Surprise the county's 9th most populous community.

The population of Surprise represents 1.84% of the total population of Arizona (which has 6,392,017 people), making it the state's 10th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 117,517 people, the population of Surprise increased 280.96% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 30,848 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Surprise.

Communities Also Named Surprise ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 10 communities that are also named Surprise - they are located in British Columbia, California, Indiana, Kansas (2), Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Surprise.

Communities near Surprise ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Surprise.

  • Glendale (12 miles [19.3 km] to the southeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Glendale
    • Glendale lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<5> to the southeast of Surprise and is located in Maricopa County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 255,307 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Glendale
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Glendale<6>
  • Peoria (8 miles [12.9 km] to the southeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Peoria
    • Peoria lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<5> to the southeast of Surprise and is located in Maricopa County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 179,872 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Peoria
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Peoria<6>
  • Goodyear (13 miles [20.9 km] to the south)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Goodyear
    • Goodyear lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<5> to the south of Surprise and is located in Maricopa County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 90,622 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Goodyear
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Goodyear<6>
  • Avondale (14 miles [22.5 km] to the south)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Avondale
    • Avondale lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<5> to the south of Surprise and is located in Maricopa County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 88,914 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Avondale
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Avondale<6>
  • Tolleson (14 miles [22.5 km] to the southeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tolleson
    • Tolleson lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<5> to the southeast of Surprise and is located in Maricopa County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 7,564 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tolleson
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Tolleson<6>
  • Litchfield Park (10 miles [16.1 km] to the south)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Litchfield Park
    • Litchfield Park lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<5> to the south of Surprise and is located in Maricopa County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 6,578 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Litchfield Park
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Litchfield Park<6>
  • Westbrook Village (5 miles [8 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Westbrook Village
    • Westbrook Village lies 5 miles [8 km]<5> to the east of Surprise and is located in Maricopa County
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Westbrook Village have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Westbrook Village
  • Youngtown (5 miles [8 km] to the southeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Youngtown
    • Youngtown lies 5 miles [8 km]<5> to the southeast of Surprise and is located in Maricopa County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 6,913 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Youngtown
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Youngtown<6>
  • Sun City (6 miles [9.7 km] to the southeast)
  • Waddell (6 miles [9.7 km] to the southwest)

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Surprise. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Surprise.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Surprise. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Surprise.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Surprise. See our Newspapers Page for Surprise.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Surprise ...

Looking for more information about Surprise? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Surprise, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Surprise.

Recent Changes to RoadsideThoughts ...

Mentions & References for Surprise

Communities in Arizona

About Maricopa County

About Arizona

The official website for Surprise: www.surpriseaz.com/

The official website for Maricopa County: www.maricopa.gov/

The official website for State of Arizona: https://az.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Arizona's counties, including Maricopa, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Surprise.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Surprise - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Surprise). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Surprise or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Surprise includes: 85374, 85378 & 85379.
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Surprise) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Surprise. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from SurpriseOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Surprise. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.6387, Longitude: -112.3770    
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<7>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.




 

 

 

 

 


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