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Surprise, Arizona
 
Surprise City Logo
County Maricopa County, Arizona
Area
 - Total
 - Water

180.0 km² (69.5 mi²)
0.1 km² (0.04 mi²) 0.03%
Population

 - Total est. (2004)
 - Density ImageMetadata File history File links Surprise_city_logo-2. ... A county is generally a sub-unit of regional self-government within a sovereign jurisdiction. ... Maricopa County is located in the central part of the U.S. state of Arizona. ... Area is a physical quantity expressing the size of a part of a surface. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Density (symbol: ρ - Greek: rho) is a measure of mass per unit of volume. ...


75,000
171.4/km²

Time zone Mountain: UTC-7

Latitude
Longitude
A time zone is a region of the Earth that has adopted the same standard time, usually referred to as the local time. ... MST is UTC-7 The Mountain Standard Time Zone (MST) is a geographic region that keeps time by subtracting seven hours from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), resulting in UTC-7. ... UTC also stands for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Coordinated Universal Time or UTC, also sometimes referred to as Zulu time, the basis for civil time, differs by an integral number of seconds from atomic time and a fractional number of seconds from UT1. ...

33°39'6' N
112°23'50' W

City of Surprise Official Website

Surprise is a city located in Maricopa County, Arizona, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 30,848. As of 2004, the population is estimated at about 75,000 according to municipal government sources. As such, it is one of the fastest-growing suburbs in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area. Maricopa County is located in the central part of the U.S. state of Arizona. ... Official language(s) None Capital Phoenix Largest city Phoenix Area  Ranked 6th  - Total 113,998 sq. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Phoenix metropolitan area, locally known as the Valley of the Sun (or just The Valley), is a metropolitan area that includes Phoenix, Arizona, and all of the rest of Maricopa County, Pinal County, and Yavapai County. ...

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History

The city was founded in 1937 by real estate developer and state legislator Homer C. Ludden, who named it after his hometown of Surprise, Nebraska. Although there were only a few houses and a gas station on the one-mile-square parcel of land when Ludden subdivided it to build inexpensive houses for agricultural workers, Surprise has experienced tremendous growth in the years since. 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... Surprise is a village located in Butler County, Nebraska. ...


Tens of thousands of retirees moved to the city in the 1990s and early 2000s to live in Sun City Grand, an age-restricted resort-like community, with homes built by the property development firm Del Webb. (Surprise is about five miles northwest of Del Webb's original Sun City development.) Sun City Grand is a age restricted retirement community built by Del Webb located within the corporate limits of Surprise, Arizona. ... Del Webb (1899 - 1974) was an American real estate developer and sports-team owner who is significant for founding and developing the retirement community of Sun City, Arizona. ... Sun City is a census-designated place and unincorporated town located in Maricopa County, Arizona. ...


Since it opened in 1996, Sun City Grand has become a large contributor to the city's population, which more than quadrupled from 10,187 to about 75,000, according to the city government's website in 2004. (The city's population is now considerably larger than Ludden's hometown, which had a population of 44 in the 2000 United States Census.) With a new home completed about every three hours, the Arizona city's population is expected to reach 80,000 by the end of 2005, and to double in the next decade, according to the city. Thirty-two of the state's top 50 homebuilders cater to new homebuyers, who are attracted by the city's modestly-priced homes, its relative proximity to Phoenix, and by the property taxes, which the city claims are among the lowest in the state. 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Law and Government

Local government

Surprise is governed on the local level by mayor Joan H. Shafer and a six member City Council. The mayor is elected at large, while the City Council members are elected from the six districts which they represent. All representatives serve four year terms. A city council is the most common style of legislative government in a city or town. ...


Police Force

The Surprise Police Department consists of four divisions:

  • Field Operations Division
Comprised of six squads of Patrol Officers, complimented by the Support Services Unit which includes K-9 Officers, Animal Control Officers, and Motor Officers. It is the largest division in the department.
  • Administrative Services Division
Consists of The Community Relations Unit, Training Unit, Public Information Unit, Records Unit, Recruiting Unit and Technical Services Unit.
  • Criminal Investigations Division
Includes Detectives, General and Special Investigations, the Special Assignment Unit (SAU), and Evidence Technician.
  • Technical Services Division
Is comprised of civilian employees and is supervised by a civilian.

Geography

Surprise is located at 33°39'6" North, 112°23'50" West (33.651785, -112.397197)GR1. It is about 20 miles northwest of Phoenix. The following is a list of sources used in the creation of encyclopedia articles on various geographic topics and locations, such as cities, counties, states, and countries. ... Nickname Valley of the Sun Location Location in Maricopa County and the state of Arizona Government Country State Counties United States Arizona Maricopa Mayor Phil Gordon (D) Geographical characteristics Area  - Total  - Land  - Water 1,230. ...


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 180.0 km² (69.5 mi²). 180.0 km² (69.5 mi²) of it is land and 0.1 km² (0.04 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.03% water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... A square mile is an Imperial unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (5,280 feet, 1,760 yards, 1,609. ...


Professional Sports

The city is also the spring training home of the Kansas City Royals and the Texas Rangers baseball teams. Major league affiliations American League (1969-present) Central Division (1994-present) West Division (1969-1993) Major league titles World Series titles (1) 1985 AL Pennants (2) 1985 â€¢ 1980 Central Division titles (0) None West Division titles (6) [1] 1985 â€¢ 1984 â€¢ 1980 â€¢ 1978 1977 â€¢ 1976 Wild card berths (0) None [1... Major league affiliations American League (1961-present) West Division (1972-present) East Division (1969-1971) Major league titles World Series titles (0) None AL Pennants (0) None West Division titles (3) [1] 1999 â€¢ 1998 â€¢ 1996 Wild card berths (0) None [1] - In 1994, a players strike wiped out the last...


Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 30,848 people, 12,484 households, and 9,725 families residing in the city. The population density was 171.4/km² (443.9/mi²). There were 16,260 housing units at an average density of 90.3/km² (234.0/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 85.97% White, 2.61% Black or African American, 0.43% Native American, 1.07% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 7.87% from other races, and 1.99% from two or more races. 23.29% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... The following is a list of sources used in the creation of encyclopedia articles on various geographic topics and locations, such as cities, counties, states, and countries. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 12,484 households out of which 21.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.5% were married couples living together, 5.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.1% were non-families. 17.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.75. A marriage is a committed relationship between or among individuals, recognized by civil authority and/or bound by the religious beliefs of the participants. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 19.9% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 22.4% from 25 to 44, 25.3% from 45 to 64, and 25.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 96.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.9 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $44,156, and the median income for a family was $47,899. Males had a median income of $33,079 versus $26,347 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,451. 8.7% of the population and 5.6% of families were below the poverty line. 16.7% of those under the age of 18 and 3.3% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...

Flag of Arizona

State of Arizona Image File history File links Flag_of_Arizona. ... A state of the United States (a U.S. state) is any one of the fifty states (four of which officially favor the term commonwealth) which, along with the District of Columbia, form the United States of America. ... Official language(s) None Capital Phoenix Largest city Phoenix Area  Ranked 6th  - Total 113,998 sq. ...

Regions

North Central Arizona | Northern Arizona | Phoenix metropolitan area | Southern Arizona | Arizona Strip This list of regions of the United States includes official (governmental) and non-official areas within the borders of the United States, not including U.S. states, the federal district of Washington, D.C. or standard subentities such as cities or counties. ... North Central Arizona is a geographical region of Arizona. ... Northern Arizona is dominated by the Colorado Plateau, the southern border of which in Arizona is called the Mogollon Rim. ... The Phoenix metropolitan area, locally known as the Valley of the Sun (or just The Valley), is a metropolitan area that includes Phoenix, Arizona, and all of the rest of Maricopa County, Pinal County, and Yavapai County. ... Southern Arizona is a region of the United States. ... The Arizona Strip is that part of the US state of Arizona lying north of the Colorado River and south of the state of Utah. ...

Counties

Apache | Cochise | Coconino | Gila | Graham | Greenlee | La Paz | Maricopa | Mohave | Navajo | Pima | Pinal | Santa Cruz | Yavapai | Yuma List of the 15 counties in the U.S. state of Arizona: Arizona county map Apache County formed in 1879 from part of Yavapai County. ... Apache County is located in the northeast corner of the U.S. state of Arizona. ... Location in the state of Arizona Formed 1881 Seat Bisbee Area  - Total  - Water 16,107 km² (6,219 mi²) 128 km² (49 mi²) 0. ... Coconino County is located in the north central part of the state of Arizona. ... Location in the state of Arizona Formed 1881 Seat Globe Area  - Total  - Water 12,421 km² (4,796 mi²) 73 km² (28 mi²) 0. ... Graham County is located in the southeastern part of the U.S. state of Arizona. ... Greenlee County is located in the southeastern part of the U.S. state of Arizona. ... La Paz County is located in the western part of the U.S. state of Arizona. ... Maricopa County is located in the central part of the U.S. state of Arizona. ... Location in the state of Arizona Formed 1864 Seat Kingman Area  - Total  - Water 34,886 km² (13,470 mi²) 409 km² (158 mi²) 1. ... Location in the state of Arizona Formed March 21, 1895 Seat Holbrook Area  - Total  - Water 25,795 km² (9,959 mi²) 16 km² (6 mi²) 0. ... Location in the state of Arizona Formed 1864 Seat Tucson Area  - Total  - Water 23,799 km² (9,189 mi²) 7 km² (3 mi²) 0. ... Location in the state of Arizona Formed 1875 Seat Florence Area  - Total  - Water 13,919 km² (5,374 mi²) 12 km² (4 mi²) 0. ... Santa Cruz County is located in the south of the U.S. state of Arizona. ... Yavapai County is located in the center of the U.S. state of Arizona. ... Yuma County is located in the southwestern corner of the U.S. state of Arizona. ...

Largest cities

Chandler | Gilbert | Glendale | Mesa | Peoria | Phoenix | Scottsdale | Tempe | Tucson A list of cities in Arizona (by population*) is below. ... Chandler is a city located in Maricopa County, Arizona, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 176,582. ... Gilbert is a town located in Maricopa County, Arizona, USA. Gilbert was the fastest-growing incorporated place of over 100,000 people in the US from 1990 to 2000, as well as in the 2002, 2003, and 2004 Census estimates. ... Glendale is a city located in Maricopa County, Arizona. ... Mesa is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona and part of the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale Metropolitan Area. ... Peoria is a city located in Maricopa County, Arizona. ... Nickname Valley of the Sun Location Location in Maricopa County and the state of Arizona Government Country State Counties United States Arizona Maricopa Mayor Phil Gordon (D) Geographical characteristics Area  - Total  - Land  - Water 1,230. ... Scottsdale is a suburb of Phoenix located in Maricopa County, Arizona, USA. Named by the New York Times as The Beverly Hills of the Desert and by Travel Channel as one of the most luxurious destinations in the nation, Scottsdale has become internationally recognized and regarded as one of the... Downtown Tempe Tempe (pronounced by local residents) is a city located in Maricopa County, Arizona, USA, with a 2004 population estimate of 160,676. ... Nickname The Old Pueblo Location Location in Pima County and the state of Arizona Government Country State Counties United States Arizona Pima Mayor Bob Walkup Geographical characteristics Area  - Total  - Land  - Water 505. ...

External links

Coordinates: 33.651785° N -112.397197° E Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically); large version (pdf) The geographic (earth-mapping) coordinate system expresses every horizontal position on Earth by two of the three coordinates of a spherical coordinate system which is aligned with the spin axis of the Earth. ...

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