Located in southwestern Arizona, the city of Surprise is the second most rapidly expanding municipality in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Its modern homes display the traditional architecture that is so characteristic of the region, complete with terracotta detailing, earth-toned exteriors, and low-angled, dappled roofing. A range of housing is available in Surprise, from chic town homes to charming bungalows to extravagant, plush villas that evoke the Spanish styles of the southwest.
Surprise is just a brief drive from Phoenix, and attracts many new residents because of the desirability of its safe, welcoming neighborhoods and its affordability. There are a total of 28 constituent neighborhoods within the city. A few of the fairly affordable subdivisions within the city include Arizona Traditions, Ashton Ranch, Kenly Farms, Marley Park, Sarah Ann Ranch, Sycamore Farms, and Western Meadows. Some of the most affluent neighborhoods and residential areas within Surprise are North Cotton Lane, Estrella Freeway, Grand Avenue, Grovers Avenue, Morristown, West Desert Cove Road, West Cactus Road, and North Bullard Avenue. The proximity to good public schools and the ease of getting around makes Surprise neighborhoods very appealing towards families.
As is the case in many quickly growing suburban American cities, the mainstays of the economy in Surprise are education, government, healthcare and medical services, retail and commerce, business and professional services, technology, and finance. The Dysart School System alone employs more than 1,700 individuals in the city. Some of the biggest area retailers, and therefore also the largest employers, are Walmart, Fry’s Food and Drug, Kohl’s, Safeway, The Home Depot, and Albertson’s, which employ over 2,000 residents between them. The City of Surprise, the town’s local government, is the third largest employer in the city, while Maricopa County is the fifth largest employer, with a workforce of 225 employees. A number of major utilities companies also serve the region and are a major hiring industry.