Surprise, AZ

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2022 Population
145,591
2.62% 1-year growth
US Senator
Kyrsten Sinema
Independent Party
US Senator
Mark Kelly
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
41.5
0.48% 1-year decrease
2022 Poverty Rate
6.79%
9.33% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$87,756
14.5% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$352,600
24.9% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
61,988
4.1% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Surprise, AZ had a population of 146k people with a median age of 41.5 and a median household income of $87,756. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Surprise, AZ grew from 141,875 to 145,591, a 2.62% increase and its median household income grew from $76,623 to $87,756, a 14.5% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Surprise, AZ are White (Non-Hispanic) (65.9%), White (Hispanic) (11%), Two+ (Hispanic) (5.3%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (5.02%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (4.23%).

None of the households in Surprise, AZ reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

97.8% of the residents in Surprise, AZ are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Surprise, AZ are Ottawa University-Surprise (165 degrees awarded in 2022).

In 2022, the median property value in Surprise, AZ was $352,600, and the homeownership rate was 78.4%.

Most people in Surprise, AZ drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 30.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Surprise, AZ was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Surprise, AZ is home to a population of 146k people, from which 97.8% are citizens. As of 2022, 7.06% of Surprise, AZ residents were born outside of the country (10.3k people).

In 2022, there were 6.01 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (96k people) in Surprise, AZ than any other race or ethnicity. There were 16k White (Hispanic) and 7.71k Two+ (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

97.8%
2022 Citizenship
98%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 97.8% of Surprise, AZ residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Surprise, AZ was 98%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Surprise, AZ
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    96k ± 2.49k
  2. White (Hispanic)
    16k ± 2.13k
  3. Two+ (Hispanic)
    7.71k ± 1.29k
20.9%
Hispanic Population
30.4k people

In 2022, there were 6.01 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (96k people) in Surprise, AZ than any other race or ethnicity. There were 16k White (Hispanic) and 7.71k Two+ (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

20.9% of the people in Surprise, AZ are hispanic (30.4k people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    500,763 ± 16,756 people
  2. India
    40,959 ± 4,955 people
  3. Canada
    39,634 ± 4,874 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Arizona was Mexico, the natal country of 500,763 Arizona residents, followed by India with 40,959 and Canada with 39,634.

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Foreign-Born Population

7.06%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
10.3k people
6.75%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
9.58k people

As of 2022, 7.06% of Surprise, AZ residents (10.3k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Surprise, AZ was 6.75%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    4,573 ± 490
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    3,357 ± 546
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    1,757 ± 300

Surprise, AZ has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.36 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Surprise, AZ employs 62k people. The largest industries in Surprise, AZ are Retail Trade (9,034 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (8,752 people), and Educational Services (5,853 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($90,200), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($81,667), and Public Administration ($75,670).

Males in Arizona have an average income that is 1.29 times higher than the average income of females, which is $59,270. The income inequality in Arizona (measured using the Gini index) is 0.457, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

62k
2022 Value
± 2,365
4.1%
1 Year growth
± 5.04%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Surprise, AZ grew at a rate of 4.1%, from 59.5k employees to 62k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Surprise, AZ, are Sales & Related Occupations (8,952 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (8,200 people), and Management Occupations (7,318 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Surprise, AZ.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

62k
2022 Value
± 2,365
4.1%
1 Year growth
± 5.04%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Surprise, AZ grew at a rate of 4.1%, from 59.5k employees to 62k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Surprise, AZ, are Retail Trade (9,034 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (8,752 people), and Educational Services (5,853 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Surprise, AZ, though some of these residents may live in Surprise, AZ and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$56,009
Median earning men ± $1,652
$43,046
Median earning women ± $2,372

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Public Administration ($79,946), Wholesale Trade ($68,750), and Information ($66,655).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($63,618), Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($55,557), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($53,723).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
2.3%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 3.15M people employed in Arizona. This represents a 2.3% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 9.21%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Arizona.

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Arizona went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 49.4% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (49.1%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.52%).

Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly are the senators currently representing the state of Arizona. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Arizona is currently represented by 9 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Arizona

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Kyrsten Sinema
Senator from Arizona1
Assumed office on January 3, 2019
Kyrsten Sinema won election to the Senate as a Democrat in 2018
Mark Kelly
Senator from Arizona3
Assumed office on December 2, 2020
Elected to the seat to succeed Martha McSally, who had been appointed to the seat following the death of John McCain and the resignation of Jon Kyl.

Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly are the senators currently representing Arizona.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Arizona

Arizona is currently represented by 9 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Arizona have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Surprise, AZ awarded 165 degrees. The student population of Surprise, AZ in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 838 male students and 898 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Surprise, AZ are White (81 and 49.1%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (45 and 27.3%), Black or African American (19 and 11.5%), and Two or More Races (12 and 7.27%).

The largest universities in Surprise, AZ by number of degrees awarded are Ottawa University-Surprise (165 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Surprise, AZ are General Business Administration & Management (75 and 45.5%), General Psychology (13 and 7.88%), and Kinesiology & Exercise Science (12 and 7.27%).

The median tuition cost in Surprise, AZ for private four year colleges is $29,600.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

Measure

In 2022 in Surprise, AZ, the percentage of applicants admitted was 28.7%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 74.9%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 1,736 (48.3% men and 51.7% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

In 2022 there were 1,736 students enrolled in Surprise, AZ, 48.3% men and 51.7% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 614 records, of which 56% were women and 44% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 40 degrees awarded
  2. 13 degrees awarded
  3. 12 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Surprise, AZ was General Business Administration & Management with 40 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Surprise, AZ according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
165 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Ottawa University-Surprise with 165 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

In 2022, 107 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Surprise, AZ, which is 1.84 times more than the 58 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 81 degrees mean that there were 1.8 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 45 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($29,600) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($3,400) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($1,200) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 1.03% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 1.12% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were Some college (1.42M), High School or Equivalent (1.41M), and Bachelors Degree (1.02M).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Surprise, AZ was $352,600 in 2022, which is 1.25 times larger than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $282,300 to $352,600, a 24.9% increase. The homeownership rate in Surprise, AZ is 78.4%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Surprise, AZ have an average commute time of 30.5 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Surprise, AZ is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Surprise, AZ is $87,756. In 2022, the place with the highest median household income in Surprise, AZ was Census Tract 610.36 with a value of $148,214, followed by Census Tract 610.39 and Census Tract 610.37, with respective values of $129,042 and $121,155.

Property

$352,600
Median Property Value 2022
±$5,429
$41,568
Median Property Taxes
±$1,614

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Surprise, AZ the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

78.4%
Homeownership
2022
69.6%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 78.4% of the housing units in Surprise, AZ were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 76.4%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 610.36
  2. Census Tract 610.39
  3. Census Tract 610.37

In 2022, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Surprise, AZ was Census Tract 610.36 with a value of $148,214, followed by Census Tract 610.39 and Census Tract 610.37, with respective values of $129,042 and $121,155.

The following map shows all of the places in Surprise, AZ colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$87,756
Median Household Income
± $3,247
53k
Number of Households
± 1,897

In 2022, the median household income of the 53k households in Surprise, AZ grew to $87,756 from the previous year's value of $76,623.

The following chart displays the households in Surprise, AZ distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Surprise, AZ is from Arizona.
0.457
2022 Wage GINI in Arizona
0.46
2021 Wage GINI in Arizona

In 2022, the income inequality in Arizona was 0.457 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.545% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Arizona was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Arizona in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (73.5%)
  2. Worked At Home (14.8%)
  3. Carpooled (9.08%)

In 2022, 73.5% of workers in Surprise, AZ drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (14.8%) and those who carpooled to work (9.08%).

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Commute Time

30.5 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Surprise, AZ have a longer commute time (30.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.72% of the workforce in Surprise, AZ have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Surprise, AZ distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Surprise, AZ have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

6.79% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Surprise, AZ (9.83k out of 145k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 75+, followed by Females 6 - 11 and then Females 35 - 44.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Surprise, AZ is White, followed by Hispanic and Other.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

92.5% of the population of Surprise, AZ has health coverage, with 48.7% on employee plans, 9.65% on Medicaid, 16.9% on Medicare, 13.7% on non-group plans, and 3.46% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Maricopa County, AZ see 1419 patients per year on average, which represents a 2% decrease from the previous year (1448 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1464 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 639 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,419 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Maricopa County, AZ

Primary care physicians in Maricopa County, AZ see an average of 1,419 patients per year. This represents a 2% decrease from the previous year (1,448 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Maricopa County, AZ in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 25.9% under 18 years, 16.1% between 18 and 34 years, 35.4% between 35 and 64 years, and 22.6% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.1% were men and 52.9% were women.

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Uninsured People

7.47%
Uninsured
48.7%
Employer Coverage
9.65%
Medicaid
16.9%
Medicare
13.7%
Non-Group
3.46%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Surprise, AZ grew by 3.98% from 7.18% to 7.47%.

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